Projects for Peace: The Vision of Kathryn W. Davis

"My challenge to you is to bring about a mind-set of preparing for peace, instead of preparing for war."

Providing Sustainable Clean Water for Drinking

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Wartburg College
  • Aman Gebremariam
  • Sibusiso Kunene

Providing Sustainable Clan Water for Drinking

Aman and Sibusiso’s project had two goals. The first was to provide clean and safe drinking water through the construction of a well in Wana and the rehabilitation of a previously defunct well in Gonay Shagla, both in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. The second goal was to educate members of those communities on proper hygiene and sanitation. To implement their project, they partnered with three experienced organizations: Water to Thrive and A Glimmer of Hope, both in the United States, and Relief Society of Tigray (REST) in Ethiopia. These partnerships provided added funding as well as expertise to the project.

Looking beyond the immediate benefits of the project, Aman and Sibusiso were motivated by the prospect that access to clean water will have long-term generational effects. They foresee children unburdened from chores and able to attend school, thereby having opportunities their parents were denied. They envision the absence of diseases from clean water meaning a decline in premature deaths of children and greater health for young mothers. They see overall improvements for all members of the communities in which they worked and they have the assurance from A Glimmer of Hope that teams of engineers will ensure the ongoing functioning of the wells. Aman and Sibusiso viewed their project as advancing the cause of peace through improving standards of living, providing access to basic resources and brightening the economic prospects for the people with whom they worked side by side in Wana and Gonay Shagla.