Women and girls in most rural areas of Ethiopia spend hours fetching water. They travel long distances to collect water, which often isn't even clean or safe. This is taking a heavy toll on children, compromising their health, their welfare, and even their education.
Children also spend a considerable amount of their income on treatment and are less productive and do less well at school when they are ill. These problems are exacerbated for people with disability, who are marginalised, live in drought-prone or geographically remote areas or who are members of disadvantaged groups.
To address this, we are working on ensuring a sustainable supply of clean drinking water and improved sanitation. In the last 15 years, 77,093 people have been able to access a potable water supply in rural and pre-urban communities where we work, and 27,534 school children have been able to access safe water and sanitation facilities in their school compounds.
This short documentary film highlights our strong partnership with Amhara Regional Water Resources Development Bureau and how we have supported the Lalibela community's access to clean water.