Rainwater Harvesting (Ethiopia)

To create access to safe water opportunity for students and communities in Gelealo Woreda, Ethiopia, UMR constructed a Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) system. Constructing water schemes and availing access to water in the school compound will significantly increase the attendance of girls and reduce their absence from class and dropout rates. Until the summer (rainy season), the reservoir will be filled with water via water trucking from other areas. This project also raised hygiene and sanitation awareness to students and the community surrounding the school through workshops and trainings on best sanitation and hygiene practices. In addition, to help girls improve their hygiene practice, sanitary pads were procured and delivered to each girl.

More than 14,400 beneficiaries have benefited from this project.