Since 2015 we have supported the water project “Clean water: acces for all” from Amref Flying Doctors. One of the beneficiaries is Genet Lakaw from Ethiopia.
Genet has been working as a cashier since the end of 2018 at one of the water kiosks in Metehara. Her responsibilities range from administrative work to purchasing and selling products. Genet reports to manager Tirngo, who ensures that an amount is saved every month for maintenance. Also, they use a part of these savings for buying toiletries for the kiosk itself.
The water kiosk where Genet works is built by Amref Flying Doctors, the local government and Aqua for All. The kiosk has showers, toilets and sinks. Here the inhabitants of Metehara can use the facilities for a small fee. For example, a toilet visit costs two Ethiopian Birr (around 6 euro cents). The showers cost five Ethiopian Birr (15 euro cents). A full jerry can with water (20 liters) costs two Ethiopian Birr (around 6 euro cents). Amref Flying Doctors has trained the employees to run, maintain and facilitate the kiosk. The kiosk works on solar energy and therefore also works at night. As a result, the people of Metehara always have access to hot water.
Genet: “I am proud of my work. I’m glad the neighborhood is clean now. I see the health of the people improving because we now have clean water. Before the kiosk arrived, I had to walk seven kilometers back and forth for clean water. I did this three times a week to get water for my family. I often took my older son with me, because it is quite heavy, and so he could help me to carry the jerry can. We had no money for transportation. The water was also very expensive: we paid 5 Birr for 20 liters, which is more than double the price of the water we have now at our new kiosk. Not only do I have a job now, I also have money left because the water is cheaper. I can use this to save for the education of my sons. I am very grateful for Amref Flying Doctors, because I am useful to my community. I feel independent not having to lean on my husband all the time. “
Genet’s goal for the future is to grow in her role as cashier. In addition, she has the ambition to teach children about the importance of clean water and good hygiene.