Impact from Life-Giving Water

Harowayo Village, Ethiopia

 

As I shared in the previous report in Harowayo Village, they can get enough water this year. They are collecting enough water to irrigate in the dry season. These group members were also recruited by our Transformational Community Development (TCD) workers and the village leaders. All the members’ incomes were very low, nearly a dollar a day (about 30 birr). Now their lives have improved very well, and they can make almost three times as much at harvest time.

 

During the evaluation time, many of them were telling us their story and about their present situation. Four of the group members have built a house with galvanized iron sheets. Three women bought six cows (two each), and they are using them for milk. After they take milk for their children, they sell the surplus.

 

This has been a very good rainy season, and the TCD workers are helping the groups to collect water for irrigation in the dry season. In the next few months, we are planning to distribute drought-resistant trees. The groups will produce seedlings to disburse among the community.

 

TCD Update

  • Water – The Water Committee is working with the Agriculture Group to collect rainwater for the irrigation purpose. In addition to this, they have trainings on how to filter dirty water by biosand filter.
     
  • Food – Due to collecting enough water for irrigation, they can expand their field and plant different vegetables like cabbages, carrots, peppers, tomatoes, and different drought-resistant fruit trees.
     
  • Income Generation – The Income Generation group started small business in their village. They brought different commodities from big towns and are selling them in the village. This helps them to increase their income. Now they have deposited 23,000 birr (about $825), not including their working capital.
     
  • Education – Last year, the school dropout rate increased because of the drought. This year, the weather conditions improved very much and so did the school attendance. The education committee played a big role in increasing those numbers.
     
  • Wellness – Twelve households built a private latrine in their compound that really helped them to improve the health situation of the community. The Wellness Committee will have to build more in the next quarter.

 

Thank You!

 

Zerihun

GHNI National Field Leader