World Vision Ethiopia inaugurates 35.5 Million Birr WASH projects
Addis Ababa, March 1, 2021 (FBC) – World Vision Ethiopia inaugurates six WASH projects worth 35.5 million birr (US$1 million) in Habru District of North Wollo Zone, in Amhara Regional State in the presence of Senior Government Officials from Amhara Region States including Woldetinsae Mekonnen, North Wollo Administrative Head as well as World Vision Ethiopia Senior Leadership and Advisory Council.
The water projects are meant to benefit 52,400 people and serve public institutions including health facilities and schools. World Vision constructed Sirinka Gerado multi Village and Libso water supply projects in collaboration with Save the Children through the fund secured from USAID/Feed the Future, Growth through Activity and benefited 20,500 community members at Sirinka, Gerado and Libso rural kebeles.
Opening the inauguration ceremony, Edward Brown, World Vision Ethiopia National Director, said, “Our largest and most important project is water because it is life. Last year, we invested US$20 million and benefited over 1.6 million people with essential water, sanitation and hygiene services.
These remarkable achievements are realized through unreserved collaboration and partnership of the government, NGOs like Save the Children, USAID, and the community. I ask all partners and stakeholders to continue working with World Vision to ensure children and families have access to safe water.”
World Vision Ethiopia has been implementing integrated development programmes including WASH, livelihood, education and life skill, health, and sponsorship programmes since the inception of Mersa Area Programme in Harbu District in October 2007.
Since the inception of the programme in Habru District, the programme has so far benefited more than 112,450 people in health care, food security, education, and clean water supply, hygiene, and sanitation services.
In his closing remark Woldetinsae Mekonnen, North Wollo Administrative Head, said, “I would like to say thank you to World Vision Ethiopia, save the children and USAID for constructing and availing clean water sources to our people who were suffering from lack of clean water while having plenty of springs around their locality.”
He added saying: “We are thankful to World Vision Ethiopia for its integrated development endeavor across Habru District. I kindly request the community to properly manage the newly constructed water sources to serve you for a longer period of time in a sustainable manner.”
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