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Ethiopia Water Crisis

The Ethiopia water crisis is a critical issue that must be resolved as quickly as possible. The need for better rural water supply and sanitation is extremely high. Through our organization, Rainbow for the Future, we are helping address the Ethiopia water crisis but, as you will learn, there is much to be done and very good reasons for doing it.

For women, the effects of the Ethiopia water crisis and poor sanitation can be summed up in one word: ‘dignity.’  Around the world, less than one person in three has access to a toilet. In many countries, including Ethiopia, it is not acceptable for women to relieve themselves during the day. They wait hours for nightfall, just to have privacy. This impacts health and puts their safety at risk.

About half of all girls worldwide attend schools without toilets. The lack of privacy causes many to drop out when they reach puberty.

Women are responsible for finding and fetching water for their families—all the water needed for drinking, washing, cooking, and cleaning. They walk miles, carry heavy burdens, wait for hours, and pay exorbitant prices. The work is backbreaking and all-consuming. Due to poor sanitation, the water is contaminated, even deadly. In these instances, they face an impossible choice—certain death without water or possible death from illness.

The dual aspects of the Ethiopia water crisis—lack of rural water supply and sanitation—lock women in a cycle of poverty. They cannot attend school; they cannot earn an income.

The Ethiopia water crisis and poor sanitation do not just affect women, of course. Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease and diarrhea remains the second leading cause of death for children under the age of five. 

We can make a difference and help end the Ethiopia water crisis, changing more and more people’s lives for the better.

More people on the planet have a cell phone than have access to a toilet. Lack of safe water, sanitation, and hygiene impacts a family’s health, keeps children from getting an education, and traps millions in a cycle of poverty. In Ethiopia, only 61% of the population has access to safe water and 52% have access to sanitation facilities.

Water Crisis Solutions

Grarbet Tehadiso Mahber (GTM), a nationally recognized and respected organization providing medical care to thousands with no government funding, has collaborated with our charitable organization, Rainbow for the Future, since 2005. As part of the effort to prevent and control trachoma, GTM is involved in providing a safe, clean and adequate rural water supply and sanitation.

Our current project collaboration is designed to supply potable water to villagers through the development of 20 hand-dug wells accessed by hand pumps. This is one of the water crisis solutions that organizations are implementing in Ethiopia.             

Genet Defare Didis, a resident of Seka town, says that her life changed when we helped provide her community with a safe rural water supply. She used to spend four hours a day walking to get water. Today, it takes her 10 minutes!

We can make a difference and help end the Ethiopia water crisis, changing more and more people’s lives for the better.