Lalesa Village Well Rehab and Training – Ethiopia
This project is made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association.
It is the fourth project in our Ethiopia Well Rehab Program
The Keraru Kebele (district) is in the region of West Arsi in Ethiopia. This is a remote area, and the people are primarily subsistence farmers and shepherds. Water is a major hardship in this area.
The Lalesa village is populated by members of the Arsi tribe (formerly known as the Arussi), one of over 200 “people groups” belonging to the largest tribe in Ethiopia called the Oromo. This is also the name of the local language.
The local authority of the Arsi tribe—the Gadaa system—is very strong, historically speaking, but has not been allowed to be practiced under various ruling governments. The system organizes the Arsi society into groups that assume different responsibilities. It has guided the religious, social, political, and economic life for the Arsi for many years. Under the Gadaa system, the power to administer the affairs of the tribe and to make laws belong to the people. Many representatives come together to make decisions and to create a “check and balance” in their system of rule.
There is a 40 meter well (over 130 feet) in the village that has fallen into disrepair and disuse. It is in need of parts and general rehabilitation to restore access to clean drinking water. While the water in the well was good water, with a sweet taste, it is currently inaccessible.
This project will repair the village well, and train local workers in proper maintenance, care and repair for the well. The pump system is the Indian Mark II, which is fairly ubiquitous in Africa, and, as such, will be easy for the villagers to find parts for and to service (if need be)… as opposed to some other systems that might have some advantages over the Mark II, but will be much harder to fix should something go wrong.
In concert with WiLI (Water is Life International), Water Charity will mobilize a team of workers who specialize in well rehabilitation, and return to the village a functioning and sustainable well for their water needs.
As with all of these projects under the program, the project will be overseen by a local Water Use Committee (WUC), and a local Sustainable Living Group (SLG) that have already been formed for this express purpose. Having the local community take responsibility for the well project, and raise a small amount of money for its maintenance, will ensure that the well is sustainable, and that the villagers themselves will be able to keep it operational.
About 700 villagers will benefit from this project to restore a clean, reliable water source.
As a collaborative effort between Water Charity, WiLI, and Wine 2 Water, the project will be managed by WiLI staff on the ground, and Kyle Lomax (who has done a number of projects with WC) is overseeing the effort.
Monitoring and Maintenance
The villagers themselves will monitor and maintain the well via their WUC, and they will have ability to get more help if the need should arise. WiLI staff pays regular visits to the village, and will be very quick to notice if the well becomes non-functioning.
As mentioned above, this project is part of our newly minted Ethiopia Well Rehab Program. This program will do deep well rehabilitation, shallow well construction, and comprehensive training for a number of villages… starting with the current 6 in the West Arsi region of Ethiopia.
The project also falls under our larger East Africa Water & Sanitation Program. Please Donate to the overall program to allow us to continue this model to encompass more villages.
This project has been funded by an anonymous donor.
This project has been completed. To see the results, CLICK HERE.