Over half of Ethiopia's population has no access to clean water. One in ten Ethiopian children dies before their 5th birthday because of a waterborne disease. At any given time, 50 percent of the rural population is suffering from a water-related illness.
It is considered the duty of women and children to collect water for their families. The average walk for water in rural Ethiopia is five hours a day. This means many children are unable to attend school and miss the opportunity of an education, their best hope of escaping poverty.
Water to Thrive’s hand-dug wells cost $3,500 on average, or just $7.00 per person to provide clean water for an entire generation.
A well changes everything.