Making water everybody’s business

An enterprising water project in Ethiopia lasting five years in the slums of large cities such as the capital Addis Ababa.



Addis Ababa






Everybody’s business

Our goal is to reach over 140,000 people in slums and poor neighbourhoods in Ethiopia with access to water, sanitation and hygiene information together with Amref Health Africa.

We work in slums and poor neighborhoods in the regions around the capital Addis Ababa, Afar and Oromia. Local water committees are trained to organize the water supplies as a company so that maintenance is guaranteed.

Children often victimized

In the slums and other poor neighborhoods of Ethiopian cities such as Addis Ababa is often lack of clean drinking water, sewage systems and garbage disposal services. This creates unsanitary situations that lead to health problems for the residents.

Children in particular are often victims: diseases caused by polluted water are still one of the most common causes of death of children under 5 years of age. This is why we also want to raise the importance of proper knowledge about good hygiene and safe use of water in this project.

Diseases due to polluted water are still one of the most common causes of child mortality

Amref Health Africa

The role of the government

The local government would like a solution, but has only limited budgets. Moreover, it does not have sufficient knowledge and the policy is not properly implemented. That’s why we want to strengthen cooperation between the communities, local authorities and the local business community.

In addition, the slum residents learn through information campaigns and trainings how they can set up and manage good facilities such as drinking water points, toilets and showers.

They also learn to point out responsibilities to the local government. Women and young people in particular are supported by employment creation trough management of these services.

This is what we do

Providing Training and information on hygiene to residents of slums and children in schools.

The creation and expansion of facilities for clean drinking water and sewage in slums and schools.

Motivating and supporting women and young people to successfully set up and maintain businesses around clean water, sanitation and hygiene.

Training and support to government personnel for better management of water and sanitation services, cooperation with industry, and the involvement of citizens in decision-making.

Latest updates of this project

Ethiopia update: Completed succesfully

At the end of 2020, the project Making WASH everybody’s business in Ethiopia was successfully completed. Here you can read everything about the results and the impact of the project.

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The story of Gadisa Hurisa, 47 years old, from Adama, Ethiopia

Gadisa spent a lot of money and time fetching clean drinking water. Thanks to Made Blue, she can now save and put time into development.

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Ethiopia update: Unexpected effects

We are working hard in Ethiopia to complete this project according to the so-called bicycle model. Corona has an unexpected effect here.

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Ethiopia: a personal story

We have been investing in the project “Making water everybody’s business” in Ethiopia for some time now. Genet is one of the benificients and tells her story.

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