Project information

Jidda potable water supply, hygiene and sanitation

Providing clean water to families in rural Ethiopia together + hygiene and sanitation. Community led construction of hand dug wells and spring development for irrigation. Improvements in children’s health with less time taken for water collection, particularly girls, an increase school attendance

January 2010 - October 2014

Charity information

Action Ethiopia

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  • Need


    Very poor quality drink water from open springs shared by livestock. Springs drying up during summer meaning a long walk to the river. Particular pressure in very dry years when cattle have been known to die. Washing of clothes and personal hygiene also conducted is the same place. The area is food insecure meaning food aid is required during most years. Lack of access to markets although Addis Ababa is only 80km away and the need to improve marketability and supply of product.


    Throught mobilisation of communities who provide all the labour and much of the material the physical structures can be built. Through the formation of small groups (currently 15 groups of 20 women) who are given training and become legally recognised.The groups also form savings and credit system creating a revolvoing fund allowing entreponiers to enagae in petty trade. Current experience has seen almost 100% pay back with increasing capital of fund. Allowing eventual acces to micro credit.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Potable water supply, proper hygiene & sanitation practices promoted


    » Construct 12 hand-dug wells and install hand pumps.
    » Construct 12 reservoirs/Water Tanks and fix supply lines
    » Provide education on Hygiene and sanitation to the beneficiary communities.
    » Provide education on Hygiene and sanitation to the beneficiary communities.

    Success will be 12 Hand dug wells (HDW) with pumps. 24 pit latrines

    Aim 2

    The beneficiaries at 12 sites are able to effectively manage HDW's and sanitation facilities.


    » Sensitise the beneficiary community and help the beneficiaries to establish water and sanitation management committees (WSMC),
    » Conduct seminars on water management, hygiene and sanitation for the beneficiary communities
    » Conduct step-by-step trainings on operation, maintenance and management of water facilities and sanitation and organise experience exchange for WSMC.
    » Provided to operating and maintenance/repair tools to WSMC

    Success will be 12 effective water and sanitation committees able to effectively run and pass on knowlege gained

    Aim 3

    Effective and efficient project management in place


    » Equip the project with necessary staff and equipment to implement the sub component, HDWs construction and sanitation facilities
    » Manage and follow-up the project implementation and proper utilisation of resources.
    » Regularly monitor and evaluate activities progresses and accordingly report to stakeholders (donors, GO line offices, Community Leaders)
    » Hand over the completed HDWs and sanitation facilities to the communities and facilitate the smooth transfer and operation of the facilities.

    Success will be seen in effective and harmonious communication, implementation by communities, government offices and project staff.

  • Impact


    Imrpoved water qulaity to families with a reduction in incedience of water boarn desease as recorded by health centres. Improvment if food security in dry times by the provision of irrigated land from springs.


    Drought; previous experience in the area through the creation and sustaining of seed banks to ensure crops are planted.
    Political; Government requirement to attend training reducing time for project activity. Previous experience and good relations with local government staff has lessened problem


    Effective and experience sister organisation in Ethiopia would provide physical and financial reports quarterly.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £56,187

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,332 Hand dug wells survey, mobilisation, training and tools
      £21,504 HDW Construction and fitting
      £10,428 HDW Transport and skilled labour
      £10,693 Staff Project Staff
      £7,230 Monitoring M&E. admin,accounting and reports

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Bideford Rotary £17,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Located 150 km by road north east of Addis Ababa in the woreda (district) of Wuchale and Jidda. Near the towns of Mukaturi and Sirti.


    Some 50,370 people associated with 12 health post and 12 schools with 3455 students

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    SUNARMA has worked in this area since 2006 on the first phase of tis project. It is well known and respected being the largest of only two NGO's working in the area.
    SUNARMA has a local office with head office in Addis Ababa and experience staff. SUNARMA Ethiopia has two other projects and a support network based in the UK.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Shiferaw Dibaba

    Shiferaw will lead the project in the field and has done this since 2006. He is an effective operator with experience in water and sanitation.

    Amare Kebede

    The chief executive in Ethiopia with 30 years experience in rural project management. Well know by goverment at high levels.

    Piers Langdon

    Based in the UK with with professional and residential links to Ethiopia and able to communicate directly with farmers. Piers heads up the UK support.