Addis Ababa
123.4 million

How would you get clean water to the poorest and hardest to reach people? Put the systems in place for toilets to change lives day after day, year after year? Make sure people can practice good hygiene when climate change brings disaster?

These are some of the challenges we face in Ethiopia, a dry country vulnerable to climate change. 59.8 Million people don't have access to clean water ; that's half the population. A child dies every hour from the resulting diseases. Ethiopia has made impressive progress over the past 20 years. It achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target to halve the number of people without clean water. The number of people defecating in the open dropped from nine in ten in 1990 to less than three in ten in 2015.

We will build on our strong reputation in Ethiopia to reach everyone with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. Together with the Government, businesses and you, we will make a bigger difference. A lasting difference.

people don't have access to clean water. 

That's half the population.

people don't have a decent toilet. 

Less than 10% of people in Ethiopia have a decent toilet.

children under five die each year from diarrhoea.  

Caused by dirty water and poor toilets.

Reaching rural Ethiopia

Image: WaterAid/ Frehiwot Gebrewold
My children used to get sick with water born illnesses and I often used to take them to the health post. Since the water source is far, my daughters were always late for their classes.
Bizuayehu Anteneh, 45

In Bizuayehu Anteneh's village , water was very scarce , not only for farming but also for drinking. Most of the communities in this village cannot access drinking water close to their home. Bizuayehu Anteneh explained : "Like most women in our area, I am responsible for taking care of the household chores. Cleaning the house, cooking, and collecting water is what I do every day. The most tiresome of all the chores was collecting water. I used to walk for about 20 minutes to the nearest spring almost every day. The water was not clean."

WaterAid’s collaboration with Operakällaren Foundation has intervened with a project and has now improved access to water for most of the communities in Mankussa Abdogoma. The intervention has resulted in a reliable and clean water supply. 

Bizuayehu Anteneh is thrilled about the water supply. She says, “I am living a happy life! With the water that is installed near our house, I can now use my time effectively, look after my family’s hygiene and be energetic.”

Working in partnership

Thanks to a pioneering partnership with Yorkshire Water, who share their expertise and deliver specialist training, utilities managers like Leyew have the skills they need to deliver local water and sanitation services sustainably and effectively.

Leyew Animut sitting on the  tap stand with women filling up their jerry cans with water from the community tap that is connected to an underground pipe system in Finote Selam, Ethiopia. February 2020
Image: WaterAid/ Joey Lawrence

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