This is a request for funding of a sustainable development program for provision of clean drinking water in Ethiopia.
The proposed project has the dual purpose of :-
 providing access to clean drinking water for Ethiopians who regularly suffer water shortages due to drought and/or face a variety of illnesses caused by drinking contaminated water.
 providing employment opportunities for school leavers [typically aged 16-20] and university graduates with relevant skills, in the field of clean water supply.
Ethiopia has a growing educated work force, but a shortage of job opportunities, especially outside the agricultural sector. This results in many qualified people leaving the country for overseas employment. This in turn impedes economic development and growth and hence leaves the country vulnerable due to its continuing dependence on agriculture which is frequently severely impacted by shortage of rain.
Mekelle is the capital of the Tigray region which suffers from a dry climate, with rainfall which is both low and unreliable, occurring mainly in the months of July and August. Consequently there is a need to extend significantly the capacity of the region to collect rainwater when it does fall and to make it available to the population as clean drinkable water.
What we propose to do.
Based in the town of Mekelle, we plan to construct, equip and recruit staff for the following 3 activities.
1) Digging and lining water collection ponds in rural areas.
2) Producing, distributing and training users of bio sand filters
3) Production of piping and equipment for drip irrigation
Where we will be working.
The initial focus will be on providing services and products to northern Ethiopia, later on to the rest of Ethiopia, and once the business concept has been proven, to other countries in Africa.
The main benefits of this project are threefold.
1. Improved access to clean water reducing infant mortality caused by drinking contaminated water.
2. Sustainable development eliminating dependency on aid.
3. Provide incentives for educated Ethiopians to stay in the country rather than being obliged to leave their country in search of a living and therefore develop a sustainable economy based on a skilled workforce.