Photos of the Drilled Well (Rehabilitated) in Medeb

People Served


Thanks To

mycharity: water


December 2014

Solution Type

Drilled Well (Rehabilitated)

Local Partner

A Glimmer of Hope

Field Notes

Thanks to you, this community now has access to clean and safe drinking water. Additionally, our local partners trained community health workers and local leaders to disseminate positive hygiene and household sanitation messages to their respective community members.

Each family using the new water source contributed toward their project's construction -- a small fee, but one that helps instill a sense of personal ownership for the project. The community was also involved in constructing access roads and site preparation. Each family will continue to pay a small amount to use the water; the community will save this money for any necessary maintenance and repairs.

The people here, especially women and girls, used to walk up to two hours to collect water for their families. The water wasn't safe to drink and often made people sick. Thanks to your help, people here are walking significantly less every day to collect water. Most importantly, the water they bring home each day is safe enough to drink.

Note: In 2011, the charity: water community and a generous donor funded two drilling rigs named Virginia Clay and Yellow Thunder. The rigs operate almost 365 days a year and many of the projects you helped fund in Tigray were drilled by them. You can follow our continued impact in Ethiopia by following Virginia Clay and Yellow Thunder on Twitter for drilling location updates!

Note: We wanted to show you that this community is serious about keeping their project safe, clean and functioning for years to come. They built a fence on their own initiative, to prevent animals from contaminating the area and to show ownership of their new water source.