This year, Run For H2O Sherwood Park is supporting Chano Dorga in Arba Minch Zuria Woreda, Ethiopia – home to 3,900 people. The people of Chano Dorga suffer greatly due to a lack of clean water. Families travel 3-4 hours to fetch water from ponds, rivers, and unprotected springs. Dirty water means sickness, wasted time, missed school and lost hope. This makes it impossible for the people of Chano Dorga to meet their full potential, locking them in a cycle of poverty. With your help, clean water can end this cycle.
There are two nearby springs that will be capped to provide more than enough water for the daily use of the families in Chano Dorga – enough for the community as it grows in the future. Together, HOPE and the community will lay 14.3 km of pipeline to the community, and will build 2 water reservoirs, 15 water points, and 11 wash basins. HOPE and local community educators will provide hygiene education to each household, so that the community can improve their health.
The Long-Term Impact
HOPE will work alongside the community for 2 years to ensure that the whole village is fully supported as they begin to change their lives. In total, 3,900 people will benefit from water provided by the water system, as well as 2 schools and 1 health post.
In addition to forming a local water management committee and training water system caretakers, 400 women will also have the opportunity to further improve their lives and livelihoods by joining self-help groups where they will learn new business skills, increase personal savings, and start a small local business.