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Ethiopia. Life's Essentials.

Providing water to vulnerable people and helping them grow more food and earn an income

Just a few pounds could help us to increase access to safe water for 5,000 people.

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Your donation can do something brilliant

With your support, we aim to increase access to safe water for 5,000 people. We will raise awareness of the importance of good hygiene practices, including hand washing, drinking clean water and safely disposing of waste, to reduce the incidence of waterborne diseases. We will help pastoralists to diversify their livelihoods and strengthen their existing sources of income in order to ensure their families consistently have enough food and water.

By giving people access to safe water, sharing public health information, and enabling farmers to diversify their livelihoods, we can help people to generate a more sustainable income, to ensure they have enough to see them through periods of shortage and the increasingly harsh effects of climate change.

What your money can buy

could contribute towards 1 person accessing clean drinking water from a water distribution network serving 5,000 people.

could support a community volunteer to receive training on safe hygiene practices and deliver the messages in their community.

A bit of background

Oxfam has been present in Ethiopia since 1962 and has become a respected humanitarian and development actor in the country from our work on the famine of the early 1970s, to more recent fair trade initiatives working with coffee farmers. Ethiopia has long been exposed to harsh effects of climate change which manifest in many ways to impact people's lives. Recurrent drought has led to a lack of water and therefore a strain on the diminishing natural resources needed to sustain the population. Insufficient drinking water, poor sanitation facilities and unsafe hygiene practices are major concerns due to these limited resources, leading to ill health and severe malnutrition in many areas of the country. People often drink water from unsafe sources such as ponds and Birkads (traditional, usually cement lined, open-air water collection tanks) which collect surface run-off. These can therefore contain impurities such as animal waste or carcasses, which can contaminate the water and make people ill. Pastoral communities, highly dependent on livestock as their main source of food and income, also suffer when their animals lack water and nutrients to survive the drought periods. Only 15 per cent of pastoralists have another source of income, therefore pastoralists are often forced to migrate in search of new pastures since they lack tools and skills to make an alternative income.


How we're helping

By the end of the project, we hope to have increased access to safe water and to have shared public health information with 10,000 people. This includes installing a water distribution network with two water collection points, and training 30 community health volunteers to deliver five public health campaigns per year on safe hand washing practices, waste disposal and keeping water clean.

In the first year of this project, we provided 80 families with crops that are more resistant to droughts and pests, we provided 40 pastoralist households with tools, seeds and training to grow animal feed, and supported them to sell and make a profit from their produce. By the end of the project we aim to provide 30 households with 500 hens, and train them on rearing drought resistant breeds of chicken.

Look how far your money can go


However much you can afford, your donation will really change lives. Just ask the people we've already helped.

Hobodo and her seven children live in a small settlement in Siti Zone, an area heavily affected by drought, which has impacted both her family and her livestock. "I had 30 big and 30 small cattle. Only one cow remains. We share our food with our cow." Her family often does not have enough food and her children go hungry. Hobodo tells us that "before the water tank we had to travel a long way to collect water. We would start walking at 6am and get home at 12 noon". Hobodo is a 20 minute walk from an Oxfam water tank [delivered through a previous project] available in the local camp which provides water for her family and livestock. Through this project, Hobodo could be supported with more long term access to water so that she would no longer need to rely on the water tank in the camp. This would make her and her family more resilient to drought and more independent.

For every £1 you donate, we will allocate 10p of your donation to cover general support and running costs. There is a small chance that we will raise more money than is needed for this project. If this happens, we'll spend any additional funds on other Oxfam projects - wherever the need is greatest.