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Project information

Sustainable Development Program in Ethiopia

A program of projects to take the Debark region of Ethiopia out of poverty and become self sustaining. We will work with this one region to ensure everyone has access to clean water, basic healthcare, education and sufficient income to support themselves before moving to another region.

3 years

Charity information: Enable Ethiopia

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  • Need


    The program's aim is to make the region self sustaining. We discuss the needs of the local villagers in detail and then provide capital to fund the infrastructure. We do not give any aid. The projects we work on cover: Clean Water, Basic Healthcare, Access to Education & Agriculture.These areas allow the population to improve their health, reduce the time needed to fetch water, allow the children to gain qualifications and provide an income enabling them to be self supporting.


    We only work on one region at a time so we are focussed on attaining the goals of that region rather than spraying the money ineffectively over a larger area. Overall we estimate the region requires £1.5-£2mn to ensure all villagers have clean water, schools, a healthpost, improved agriculture and access to local markets to allow a decent income level. All funds go directly to the projects as we are 100% run by volunteers and have no UK offices etc to pay for. All projects are thoroughly vetted

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    The program's aim is to make the region has a sustainable future.


    » 15 new water points bringing clean water to more than 7,200 people
    » A new health centre serving thousands of people that will the basic health care that will save lives
    » New school blocks to improve educational opportunities for 14+ year olds (classrooms, laboratory and library)
    » A Vet and Agricultural training centre animal to protect livestock, a critical resource in the region.

    What success will look like

    Success will be delivered when we can confirm the region is sustainable and we can move onto the next region that needs our help.

  • Impact


    Reduced mortality rates of all ages from infant through to adult through clean water and basic health care. Reduced time to nearest clean water source from 3 hours to 30 minutes or less. Delivery of basic education to children. Delivery of basic veterinary services to preserve the vital animal stocks of the region.


    The main risks with this sustainability project are that the real needs of the local population are not properly addressed through incorrect focus or poor delivery. We address these risks by; Meeting with the locals on an annual basis and discussing their requirements for the forthcoming year. The requirements are prioritised ad agreed before any action is taken.
    All projects are thoroughly vetted on a regular basis to ensure good progress and completion to agreed specification.


    Regular project updates are sent to our donors in a newsletter and our website is kept up to date with the charities achievements.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £230,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £60,000 15 water points & 4 latrines 7,231 beneficiaries. 9 hand dug wells. 6 spring protection developments. 4 dry pit latrines.
      £60,000 Health centre Health centre - consisting of an inpatient building, outpatient building, latrines & incinerator
      £110,000 High school Two high school classroom buildings of four classrooms each & latrines
  • Background


    Our areas of focus are the Ariginjona, Abergina and AdebabayeTseyon kebeles of Debark woreda in the Amhara Region, Northern Ethiopia.
    Food insecurity 40%, households without latrines 80% and living from agriculture 89%.


    Total population of the region of focus is 18,500.
    7,200 will benefit from the water projects and 29,332 (11,300 just outside of the target area will also will benefit) from the health centre and school projects. Water sources for drinking and cooking in Debark are unprotected rivers, springs and ditches. Access to adequate health services in rural Ethiopia is at a critically low level, especially in the area of focus.
    Education is the best enabler for a child to break the poverty cycle.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Every donation is maximised through low charity costs and collaborative working with the locals. The charity is run solely by volunteers – costs are absolutely minimal. The local people give their labour to build the projects. All donations have a direct impact.
    Priority projects are identified with the local population – you can always be sure that it is their needs that are being targeted. All projects are budgeted carefully to ensure value for money and are checked afterwards.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Neil Cowhig

    Neil is the charity director and is the driving force behind fund raising and project management. His passion means that we deliver.