Social responsibility

Providing potable water in rural areas

Drinking water is scarce in Ethiopia, especially in some rural areas. Unfortunately, borehole water often contains too high a fluoride content. This can lead to skeletal and / or dental fluorosis, two chronic biogeochemical diseases. That’s why people have to walk many kilometers to fetch drinking water with donkeys. Often this work is done by children. Over the last few years we have provided clean drinking water for hundreds of families in the countryside near Ziway. In Bochessa and Worja Washgula, we extended the drinking water pipes at several locations and built tap points at various sites.

By making clean water available in disadvantaged areas, Sher Ethiopia helps local communities to develop. Our next project will be in Aluto Gulba, restoring the waterpipe and connecting two water taps.

Ms. Halima Ahmed, mother of 8 children, living in the village of Bochessa, is one of the families that now has a potable water tap next to their house. She supervises the distribution of water to neighbors. Every day, members of the community can fill their jerry cans with clean water.

Halima: “Before Sher provided clean and safe water, people in this area often got sick from drinking water from the lake. The tap at my house saves us the daily burden of walking 2 kilometers to get water. Now my kids can drink clean water and I have a job managing this community water tap.”

people standing in front of house

General impressions of providing potable water