Water4Ethiopia is an independent charity launched in April 2009, by a family of three trustees, with the aim of increasing clean water access, hygiene and sanitation levels in Ethiopia.
The charity was founded as a result of one of the trustees, Andy, spending the 2008 Summer in Ethiopia and seeing how small donations from Europe really can and do change and save lives in Ethiopia.
It is well known that the greatest necessity in life is water, yet drinking unclean and contaminated water is also one of the biggest killers. An estimated 250,000 children die from drinking unclean water each year in Ethiopia.
Drinking, cooking and washing in contaminated water can leave communities easily open to illnesses such as bronchitis, tonsillitis, sickness and diarrhoea, as well as the deadly malaria.
Globally, diarrhoea is the leading cause of illness and death, and 88% of diarrhoeal deaths are due to a lack of access to sanitation facilities, together with an inadequate availability of water for hygiene and unsafe drinking water. (World Health Organisation)
It costs just 40p to give 1 Ethiopian clean water for 1 year - 100% of donations go to Ethiopia