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Ethiopia: News – People in Need Provides Safe Water to More Than 8,300 Inhabitants in Konso Zone

Addis Abeba — People In Need (PIN), a non-governmental, non-profit organization, launched a water development project with support from the European Union’s Humanitarian Aid department. “So far, more than 8,300 inhabitants have benefited from safe and drinkable water provided by the project in the Segen Zuria Woreda and the Lultu and Aylotadokatu Kebeles, in the Konso zone, in the Southern Nations and Nationalities People’s (SNNP) Regional State, in southwest Ethiopia.

“Many communities in Ethiopia are faced with a lack of access to clean water sources. Less than half the population has access to safe water daily. With funding from the European Union, People In Need, PIN, is running water development activities focused on increasing the availability of safe water.”

Konso zone experiences acute water shortages, and the local population often travels for hours to fetch safe water, according to PIN. Following recent conflicts in the area, hundreds of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) have temporarily settled in the region, creating additional stress on already limited water resources. PIN launched the water development project to address this situation.

Shallow wells are improving access to drinking water

Kuyow Zemedu, a father of two, works as a coordinator of potable water maintenance in Segen Zuria Woreda. He also works as a government focal point for information and assistance for our shallow wells and borehole rehabilitation projects.

“There is a water shortage in the area. Rivers and ponds are the major source of water for our cattle and us. These water sources expose the community to water-borne diseases, mainly diarrhoea, typhoid, and typhus. This has led to many health problems, especially among the children,” he said.