2020 has been an uncertain year for us all, and we continue to work together to protect each other's health and wellbeing. One thing we have been able to rely on here in the UK is clean water.

For the people of Frat, a remote hilly region in Ethiopia, working together to protect one another is a way of life - but clean water is something that has always been out of reach. And our changing climate means the weather in Frat, like many places across Ethiopia, is increasingly unpredictable, putting people's livelihoods at risk. 

Frat isn’t a single place, nor is it a single people. There are three villages, which, with donations from the UK public, we aim to reach with a single borehole. Three villages sharing the same hope and anticipation of the day clean water arrives.  ​

And with funding from the UK government, we will reach even more communities on the frontline of climate change with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. 

Together, we will raise £3 million, and until 4 February 2021, the UK government will match £2 million of your donations.

The people of Frat need you by their side this winter. Will you stand with them as they look forward to a Future On Tap?

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Everything [from the nearby town] is washed into the water. If I had a choice, I wouldn’t touch it with the tip of my finger, but I have to use it for washing, cleaning and drinking.”​
Hawa, community leader
Hawa (right) with her daughter Kadija (left) collecting water from the River Lah in Frat, Ethiopia.
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Hawa with her daughter Kadija collecting water from the River Lah in Frat, Ethiopia.

A diverse and collaborative community

There's a real sense of togetherness in Frat. People are diverse but not divided. The community spirit is strong; people help each other out in times of need, through daily struggles and challenges. 

Hawa, the local women's group leader, is one of Frat's powerhouses. She's incredibly passionate about improving her local area and is never afraid to speak her mind. She's committed to doing anything she can to get clean water for her community.

The two main water sources in Frat are either the polluted River Lah or a pond that shrinks by the day during the long dry season. Both sources are hard to get to – members of the community both young and old have suffered broken limbs collecting water - and the water's not even safe to drink. 

The six-month dry season begins in December, when the walk for water becomes unbearably hot. And as our changing climate makes the weather more extreme and unpredictable, their crops - their only source of income - are under ever greater threat. 

How your money will help

This winter, with your support, donations from the UK public will help families like Hawa's in Frat get the reliable water supply they need to protect their lives and livelihoods, no matter what our changing climate brings. 

We will:

  • Drill for water and construct a reservoir, using solar power to pump water from the well to the reservoir. 
  • Install a gravity flow system that will pipe clean water to public water points in each of the three villages in Frat. 
  • Provide the school with its own water point and separate toilet blocks for girls and boys, and there will be a club to promote good hygiene.
  • Work with our local partners to train the community on operation and maintenance. The water supply system will be managed primarily by the women's association.
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With clean water, people will be healthier and able to grow fruit and vegetables in kitchen gardens, so they can have nutritious food whatever the weather.

Children will have more time to go to school, to have fun and to pursue their dreams, free from the burden of collecting dirty water every day.

The day clean water arrives will mark the beginning of their brightest chapter, giving everyone the chance to thrive and rewrite the rest of their story.

Together, we will raise £3 million, and until 4 February 2021, the UK government will match £2 million of your donations, making double the difference in climate-vulnerable communities like Frat, helping them change their own lives, forever.

You can make sure as our climate changes the people of Frat can rely on clean water, today and every day. You can contribute to a Future On Tap.

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Future on Tap contributes to reaching Sustainable Development Goals 6 and 13 by providing climate-resilient water and sanitation to climate-vulnerable communities. 

Crisis in the Tigray region

We are saddened and concerned by the crisis in Tigray, Ethiopia, and hope for a peaceful resolution. The situation is not directly affecting the majority of our programmes, including our work in Frat, and we will continue to raise funds through our Future on Tap appeal to help deliver our projects to bring vital clean water, decent sanitation and hygiene facilities to communities in climate-vulnerable areas. We had one programme in the Tigray region, which has unfortunately been paused due to the security risk.

We are closely monitoring the situation, and when it improves, will assess how water and sanitation provision may have been disrupted in areas affected by the crisis and where we can, where necessary, help rebuild facilities.

How else can you get involved?

Explore our 360° immersive story and journey with 12-year-old Yenus around his community to hear what makes Frat such a special place to live.

WaterAid/Joey Lawrence

Find out why Hawa made a lasting impression on our Voices from the Field Officer Frehiwot when she visited Frat and learn about the wider issues Ethiopia is facing.

WaterAid/ Joey Lawrence

Discover Ethiopian culture and learn something new by watching our series of virtual classes with key people from the community of Frat, like Mengistu.

A still of the Frat Primary School Principal, Mengistu standing in front of a blackboard in a classroom.

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