Families in Alugude and Durbe, Ethiopia are gaining access to clean water
HOPE International Development Agency has raised funds to provide clean water for Alugude and Durbe, a village in the Bonke region of southern Ethiopia.
The community of Alugude and Durbe approached HOPE for help with providing a local water system. They were willing to provide local material and labour as well as leadership and ongoing maintenance, but needed HOPE's experience, acquired over 30 years of working in the region, to construct a system that will last for years. The community of 1,986 people also needed partners here in the UK who are willing to invest in their health and self-reliance.
For decades the people of Alugude and Durbe suffered greatly due to a lack of clean water. Women and girls typically traveled 3-4 hours to fetch possibly contaminated water from ponds, rivers, and unprotected springs. Dirty water meant sickness, wasted time, missed school and lost hope. This made it impossible for the community in Alugude and Durbe to meet their full potential and locked them in a cycle of poverty.