Tamiru Chewaka


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Clean Water At A Minutes Walk

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 21, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Tamiru Chewaka posted in Ethiopia, Water, Impact Stories, WV

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‘‘A big scar on my knee carries my old memories,’’ says Ayal Melaku. She remembers the day it happened. While walking back home carrying a clay pot of dirty water that was 20 liters (44 pounds), Ayal fell and injured herself. ‘‘I sustained an injury on my left knee that bled and swelled slowly. It prevented me from walking to school and I missed class for 15 days in a row,’’ she says.

Ayal lives in Robit village in the Ambassel district, 290 miles north of Ethiopia’s capital. She is the third of seven children and as a young girl, helped her mother with household chores.

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Training Improves Children's Ministry

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 11, 2019 4:40:22 PM / by Tamiru Chewaka posted in Ethiopia, Christian Discipleship, Impact Stories, WV

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Bereket (center) reads from the Bible with several of his Sunday school students

‘‘The Child Focused Theological Education Trainings have improved my teaching skill and methodology for Sunday school classes,’’ said Bereket Michael (18). Bereket is a Sunday school teacher at Meserete Kiristos Church in the Tigray Regional State in Ethiopia. The region is 515 miles north of the capital of Addis, where World Vision undertakes integrated development programs that serve children and families.

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Babsa's Cause

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 11, 2019 4:39:59 PM / by Tamiru Chewaka posted in Ethiopia, Water, Impact Stories, WV

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Aselefech (right) and her neighbor Chaltu wash cups with clean water from the borehole

‘‘I wish my son would have been alive to see the safe water we have, and a healthy life we enjoy nowadays,’’ said a mother whose teenage son died of waterborne disease 10 years ago. She could not comprehend her son’s passing nor could she come to terms with life without him.

Aselefech Meshesha (57) lives in the Bosset district, 85 miles east of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The area is characterized by its sandy soil and scrubby vegetation and a warmer, drier climate. Shortage of water is apparent.

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Ethiopia-WATER: Manual Drilling Eases Tringo's Burden

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2019 9:51:00 AM / by Tamiru Chewaka posted in Ethiopia, Water, Impact Stories, WV

“Getting up as early as 5:00am and walking every day for one hour to a nearby water source to fetch water was really wearisome,” said Tringo Buche (18). She is a twelfth- grader and lives with her parents and five siblings in Gatame village in the Hula district, 240 miles south of Ethiopia’s capital.

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Enhancing Character

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 3, 2019 3:38:00 PM / by Tamiru Chewaka posted in Ethiopia, Christian Discipleship, Impact Stories, WV

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Tsega considers her spiritual growth to be a blessing.

Nine-year-old Tsega Seifu, is one of the vibrant children in the Sunday school at Evangelical Church of Mekane Yesus. She has been in Sunday school since she was three and has enjoyed the fellowship ever since. She is a Children’s Choir member and considers the steady spiritual growth to be a blessing. ‘‘I very much like reading the story of Eve and Adam but do not want to be disobedient as she was,’’ she said.

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Filled With Hope

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 16, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Tamiru Chewaka posted in Ethiopia, Water, Impact Stories, WV

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Shuda (left) and her friend Meskerem drawing water 

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Bowolicho village is located in the Hula Area Program operation area, 231 miles south of Addis Abba, Ethiopia’s capital. There was a dire need for water in this area. Schoolgirls of all ages use to walk a half hour to draw water from an unprotected source called Bansa spring.

The schoolgirls who attended school in the morning left home as early as at 6:00am and walked in a group to the unkept spring. The water they found was not safe for their health. Keeping their jerry cans in two or sometimes three lines and waiting for turn was the day to day experience for them. They walked back home for another thirty minutes and upon getting home, they cooked for family and handle other activities.

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