Scaling up water and sanitation work to transform people’s lives.

Location: Burie Woreda, West Gojam Zone, Amhara Region. Ethiopia


WaterAId is running a project This is a project to scale up and complete WaterAid’s work in the Amhara region. The Burie ‘Woreda’ (or District), has one of the lowest levels of safe water supplies and improved sanitation (latrines) in Ethiopia. Through this project we are extending our work in five ‘kebeles’ (wards), within Burie, and in the small towns of Kuchi and Alefa.

The Need

  • 33% of the population have no access to safe water supplies.
  • Latrines are mostly traditional pits and need improvements to make them safe. In particular, we need to tackle the lack of safe latrines in schools.
  • Wateraid want to create a safe and healthy living environment in the communities and be able to declare the communities free from open defecation.
  • No government support is allocated to the Woreda of Burie and Wateraid is the only organisation in this area who will complete the work.

A different perspective

Facts are one thing but lets briefly think about something as simple as access to water from the perspective of those living in this area.

Something as simple as fetching water can take up to 5 hours a day on average for women and children and this is just one of many challenges they'll face in a given day.

WaterAid's Challenge

Between 2013 and 2016 WaterAid plans to reach over 37,000 people with access to safe water, over 74,000 people with access to improved sanitation and over 56,000 people with improved hygiene practices.With your support and my running miles will be instrumental in helping complete the work in these marginalised communities so they can transform their own lives through education and improved livelihoods.