Water Integration Enables Girls to Stay in School

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 26, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Tamiru Chewaka posted in Ethiopia, Water, Impact Stories, Women and Girls, WV

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Fozia regrets the stories she made up to avoid going to school. “I mourned [the death of] my relative” or “I had to take care of my feeble grandma,” she would say to the teacher. Fozia is 15 years old and is an 8th grade student at Mariye Junior Secondary School. The school has 45 teachers and 1,134 students that attend in two shifts, one early in the day, and a second group in the afternoon.

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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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A Walk For Clean Water Transforms Life

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 7, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Mesrach Ayele, World Vision Ethiopia posted in Ethiopia, Water, Impact Stories, WV

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Alemnesh (L) and Yeshiwas enjoy time they have at the well site

“Praise God, for now I have time for myself. Fetching water is no more a burden, rather, a time break I get from the house chores and have a little chat with my neighborhood friends. We rest for a while, talk experiences, laugh and share ideas. A walk for clean water has transformed my life,” says Alemnesh.

Alemnesh Fente, 30, lives in the rural village of the Yilmana Densa district where World Vision has an area program office. Before World Vision arrived, there was a big need for water in this vulnerable community.

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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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Carrying Home Clean Water

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 8, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by Mesrach Ayele, World Vision Ethiopia posted in Ethiopia, Water, Impact Stories, WV

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Guale carries clean water home

 “My life now and before is like heaven and the earth. Incomparable!” says Guale, a 15-year-old girl in 8th grade, who aspires to be a successful business woman. Guale and her family live in Gondar, a historic Ethiopian city located 730 kilometers (454 miles) north of the capital of Addis Ababa.

Guale says, “Being the middle girl in the family, I carried a burden on my shoulder. I used to have a hectic life, filled with routine tasks expected of me. I live in a large extended family and all females in the house work tirelessly,” she says. “I would wake up as early as 4am and together with my mother, sister and niece we go to fetch water from the spring or manually dug borehole. The time we get back home is determined by the number of people who have reached there before us,” said Guale. “And once animals are out, it was difficult to get water because they make it dirty. I and my family drank this water all our life and we have always been sick for a reason we never knew until recently,” she said. Until World Vision entered the community, Guale and her family lacked clean water or an awareness about sanitation and hygiene.

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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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Building the next Christian generation

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 21, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Mesrach Ayele, World Vision Ethiopia posted in Ethiopia, Christian Discipleship, Impact Stories, WV

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Fetlework with several of her Sunday school students. 

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“I know what these kids were missing because I have been in their position,” says Fetlework. “During my time as a Sunday school student, we had the smallest kid from age three to the oldest at 14. We all sat in one classroom and most of the things said, I don’t remember. Me and my friends never liked that,” Fetlework said

Pastor Getnet remembers too, “Full Gospel Church had a Sunday school service however it was practiced differently. Parents used to bring their children and drop them into one large classroom where all of the kids used to sit. They only had one teacher assigned and whenever the teacher missed church we let them join the congregation since we had no other option.” 

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