The village of Weledi is 330 km from the capital city of Addis Ababa, located near the rift valley, is in the highlands of north central Ethiopia.
The village of Weledi is 330 km from the capital city of Addis Ababa. It has a population of 200 families with another 5,000 people living in 18 villages within a 20 km radius. Weledi serves as the major hub for this area as it is located on a paved roadway, has schools and also has a pharmacy.
The current economic situation is that the commercial farm in the area provides jobs for the majority of the people in Weledi. They are day laborers and earn wages of 50 cents per day – wages below the subsistence level of $1 per day. The abject poverty is exacerbated by malaria, water borne and other communicable diseases resulting in a high mortality rate in the area. Three fourths of the health problems in the country are attributed to communicable disease caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.
The Sanitation System project will include the construction of communal latrines, the installation of hand washing stations at each latrines, and a WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) intervention and education initiative. This project will educate the community on the importance of human waste management, hand washing, and appropriate use of clean water as means to prevent the transmission of diseases. Also by keeping the waste contained, these latrines prevent groundwater contamination and spread of disease. EWB will teach the community how to construct ventilated pit latrines. Public latrines will be constructed at the community’s Elementary /middle and High school.
Active – This project has been officially accepted by EWB USA for our chapter. The team successfully completed their first assessment trip in April 2014 and are currently planning the project design.