Water Wells for Healthy Commun





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Project Description

Region: Africa

Country: Ethiopia

Location: Awassa

Total Budget: $157,155

Area of Focus: Water, sanitation and hygiene

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Estimated Begin and End Dates: April 1, 2020 to June 18, 2021

The purpose of this grant is to enable Rotarians to actively engage with 23 rural communities to improve the quality of life of residents who are lacking access to clean water and the daily routines that will change once clean water is near and accessible. This project is in a region 22 km. east of Hawassa (279 km south of Addis Ababa) in two woredas, Malga and Wondo Genet.

The Rotarians and team will

1. provide the occasion and process to organize and mobilize a Water Committee,

2. conduct WASH sanitation/health instruction to the Water Committee and residents,

3. help them develop governance by-laws, and a funding process and bank account for each of the twenty three water sites with the funds used to maintain water structures sustaining the water supply for their needs for up to 500 persons at each site for ten or more years,

4. provide each community a local water source (well or spring development) and training for maintenance and sustainability.

The purpose of these activities is to reduce the number of water-borne diseases, to reduce child and female burden and time spent collecting water, to increase likelihood of children staying and completing school, to educate and enhance both quality of life and economic outcomes thereby fulfilling major goals of The Rotary Foundation, Rotary Districts 5870, 9212 and the local Rotary clubs engaged in this work.

Activity Duration Staff/RC club

1. In-country partners meet to set time lines, meetings, target dates,processes,

resource allocation 1week 7

2. Organize and mobilize local communities to elect a water (WASH)Committee with

at least 7 people (50% women recommended);determine a maintenance fee structure;

begin creation of by-lawsand process of oversight of project 10 weeks 5

3. Conduct WASH training to 23 WASH committees 5 days 5

4. CSTS training of community leaders in 23 communities-135 persons 5 days 7

5. Community HEWs and CHPs training. 138 persons 5 days 7

6. Water source construction through completion. * 10 months ?

7. Signage is installed, site is dedicated 5 days 4

8. Evaluation and monitoring during project each done as scheduled 1-2 days each time 5

9. Host club field verification on all installed water sites, WASH training,

evaluation metrics at end of project. 1 week 13 Final evaluation six months after 3 weeks 10. Quarterly stakeholder/team meetings 4 days 7

11. Host club field verification on all installed water sites,WASH training ,

evaluation metrics at end of project 3 weeks 5

12. Final reports verified in accordance with proposal and filed with TRF 4 weeks 4


The amount needed to meet the expenses includes a potential gift of $4000.This amount will meet budget needs for 23 water sites.

Each well cost is about $6500, of which the actual construction is $3100.Remaining expenses are for training leaders and residents in eight different training modules (WASH, maintenance, finance, bylaws production and use), for oversight and evaluation salaries and processes, salaries for water technician, sanitation and hygiene trainer, finance officer and cashier, travel, program supervisor travel and per diem costs, and Rotary Club members site visits.

Primary Host Partner

District: 9212

Rotary Club of: Addis Ababa Central-Mella

Primary Contact: Bezawit Gizaw

Email: bezawit.eshetu21@gmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 5870

Rotary Club of: Northwest Austin

Primary Contact: Kent Miller

Email: kent.kcm@gmail.com

Project Status

Need $78,371
This project needs to receive some pledges to go to the next level. Please check the "Financing" tab to see the list of current pledges. Once the amount pledged is equal to the project budget, the status of the project will be automatically changed to "Fully Pledged".
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Project listed for the 2022-23 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #1988574.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Northwest Austin (5870)





Remaining Amount to Raise

Additional Club Contribution (Needed) - Add a contribution




Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation (waived)




Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

Project Supporting Documents

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History Log Entries


by Kent Miller

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Kent Miller

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by Kent Miller

Application sent


by Kent Miller

System Entry: Application Sent to The Rotary Foundation through Member Access.


by Kent Miller

System Entry: Application approved by The Rotary Foundation.


by Kent Miller

System Entry: Payment has been issued by The Rotary Foundation.


by Kent Miller

June 2021 nears completion of project in next few months.


by Kent Miller

All 24 water project sites completed. Field examinations underway for any deficiencies or alterations in operation. Funding is sufficient and closure of project expected by September.


by Kent Miller

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".

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