60.5 million people in Ethiopia do not have clean water.

92.4 million people in Ethiopia do not have a decent toilet.

Over 8,500 children die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia is in the Horn of Africa, where an extended period of droughts, famines and conflicts has had a serious impact on health and life expectancy. Many children die before the age of five.

The crisis

60.5 million people in Ethiopia don’t have access to clean water and over 92.4 million don’t have decent toilet. More than 8,500 children die every year from preventable diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation.

Most people in Ethiopia make a living through farming. However, without water they cannot grow the crops they need to feed and support their families.

Poor roads make it difficult for engineers to reach remote villages and low water tables present additional challenges.

Our approach

We work with local partners that understand local issues. These include regional governments, technical experts and other charities.

We also coordinate a country-wide water, sanitation and hygiene coalition, uniting government organisations, donors, the media and private sector to help promote the right to water and sanitation throughout Ethiopia.

In Ethiopia last year we reached:

  • 113,000 people with clean water
  • 123,000 people with improved sanitation.

Watch this short film to find out more:

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