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Over 40% of the population have no choice but to collect dirty water from unsafe sources.
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Over 71 million people don't have access to adequate sanitation in Ethiopia.


people in Ethiopia don't have access to safe water.


Around 9,000 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia is in the Horn of Africa, where an extended period of droughts, famines and conflicts has had a serious impact on health and life expectancy. Many children die before the age of five.

The crisis

42 million people in Ethiopia don’t have access to safe water and over 71 million don’t have adequate sanitation. More than 9,000 children die every year from preventable
diarrheal diseases.

Most people in Ethiopia make a living through farming. However, without water they cannot grow the crops they need to feed and support their families.

Poor roads make it difficult for engineers to reach remote villages and low water tables present additional challenges.

Our approach

We work with local partners that understand local issues. These include regional governments, technical experts and other charities.

We also coordinate a country-wide water, sanitation and hygiene coalition, uniting government organizations, donors, the media and private sector to help promote the right to water and sanitation throughout Ethiopia.

Our impact

In Ethiopia last year we reached:

  • 177,000 people with safe water
  • 218,000 people with improved sanitation
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