The new future of Haregeweyni

The new water source brings great relief to Haregeweyni. Collecting water used to be an arduous and backbreaking task, consuming two to three hours a day. Having safe water means that Haregeweyni and the other girls in the village now have the opportunity to go to school.

A nearby source of safe water means everything to girls like Haregeweyni who live in rural villages.

Haregeweyni Teklay is a Grade 6 student. She lives in Zongi village, in rural Ethiopia. Today, it only takes her five minutes to walk from her home to the water point, which was constructed through the support of Water.org and its local partner, the Relief Society of Tigray (REST).

The new water source brings great relief to Haregeweyni. Collecting water used to be an arduous and backbreaking task, consuming two to three hours a day. Having safe water means that Haregeweyni and the other girls in the village now have the opportunity to go to school.

Haregewyni said, “After traveling hours to fetch water, I would have to prepare food, clean the house, and collect firewood. But I wanted to go to school. This was extremely difficult for me. Thanks to REST and its partners, now we have got great relief due to the construction of this safe water supply.”

Haregewyni dreams of becoming a teacher. And now she has extra time to study, do her homework, and attend class. She is doing well in school.

Overall, the village and school dropout rate has also decreased significantly thanks to the new well.

Thank you for your support, which enables us to make new opportunities like this possible for Haregewyni and the kids of Zongi!

Capital: Addis Ababa
Population of 98.9 million
42.5 million lack access to safe water
71 million lack access to improved sanitation
72% of the total population lives on less than US$2 per day
Ethiopia