• Clean water changes lives

    Having clean water can begin the journey out of poverty and into a life of health, happiness, and opportunity.
  • Clean water enables education

    Clean water means children, especially girls, can spend their time in school rather than spending their days in search of water.
  • Clean water improves health

    Clean water, combined with the health and sanitation education that accompanies every water project we deliver, reduces sickness and disease.
  • Clean water creates equality

    Having clean water near their homes means women can invest in further improving their families and communities.
  • Clean water means more food

    Having clean water from a nearby source enables farmers to irrigate their crops, provide water for their animals, and grow more food for their families.
  • Clean water creates sufficiency

    Access to clean water enables families to spend time on income generating activities.
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  • Clean water changes lives

    Having clean water often begins the journey out of poverty and into a life of health, happiness, and opportunity.
  • Clean water enables education

    Clean water means children, especially girls, can spend their time in school rather than spending their days in search of water.
  • Clean water Improves health

    Clean water, combined with the health and sanitation education that accompanies every water project we do, reduces sickness and disease.
  • Clean water means more food

    Having clean water enables farmers to irrigate their crops, water their animals, and spend time improving their families and communities.
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Help 1,729 people in Kalebo Laka gain access to life-changing clean water


Families in the remote community of Kalebo Laka, in southwest Ethiopia, are in desperate need of clean water. Most households have experienced the pain of losing a child because of the contaminated water they currently drink.

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Torgoso Update



Hope is flowing in Torgoso, Ethiopia


In May 2013, Clarissa Poulson’s day job with an international development consultancy took her to East Africa.


While in Africa, Clarissa, a HOPE International Development Agency UK Trustee, visited some of the clean water initiatives funded by UK donors, including one in the small community of Torgoso in southern Ethiopia’s Bonke District.

Prior to our involvement, the families of Torgoso gathered their drinking water from an unprotected water spring located above a steep slope that leads out of the village. The water, clean when it came up out of the ground, became contaminated as it pooled around the spring, creating a boggy area teeming with parasites and bacteria.

The support of generous HOPE International Development Agency UK donors enabled the families of Torgoso to transform their boggy spring into a reliable and abundant source of clean water. Firstly, families participated in the construction of a “spring cap” that protects the water. Pipes then move the water from the “cap” to the storage reservoir. From there, more pipes carry the water, using gravity, to four easy-to-access water points (taps) throughout the village.

In addition to having clean water to drink, families are now able to grow an abundance of nutritious food and cash crops like banana, sugar cane, and coffee, by using a portion of the water to irrigate their gardens and fields.

“It was wonderful seeing clean water gushing out of the taps and realising what a life changing resource this is for a village – to drink, to wash, to prepare food. I was also impressed by the sense of pride and ownership amongst the community, and the work they had put in to make it a reality,” says Clarissa.

Time, formerly spent gathering water, is now spent on improving the community’s quality of life through initiatives focused on good hygiene and sanitation.

The community has a new sense of pride and ownership in their newly constructed water system and looks toward the future with hope.


Learn about our current clean water project in Dorze Bele.

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