Water for Farsuma

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Alemitu rises in the morning, readying herself for a day split between caring for her six children and walking for water. Alemitu’s husband works as a plumber, which leaves her to make the two-hour round trip to the nearest river in order to collect water to cook, drink, and clean. This trip must be made at least twice a day.

WEEMA built Farsuma Water Project to provide water to the community where Alemitu lives with her family, 15 kilometers away from Mudula. Alemitu expresses how the water project has transformed her life; “Now I can get water any time to wash clothes, clean my house and bathe my children.”

Her husband, Abraham, is joyous that his family finally has access to potable water, and his wife no longer spends hours carrying heavy jerrycans. “Water was the main problem of this community, especially clean drinking water. People and children used to get sick from river water, but thanks to WEEMA International that is no longer a problem we face.”

A commitment to providing clean water was the foundation of WEEMA International. Farsuma is one example of our continued work to respond to and support the communities' needs!

Equipping Medical Teams at Durame Hospital

The names of medical instruments may not be music to everyone's ears, but for the staff at Durame General Hospital these pieces of metal chime a glorious victory.

WEEMA delivered requested (and much needed) medical equipment to the surgical staff at Durame. Equipment included tools for performing skin grafts as well as a device that can release pressure in the case of hemorrhaging. These are simple tools that can be found in abundance in U.S. hospitals, but are in short supply in Ethiopia. The medical staff has waited three years for these instruments; everyone is trained and skilled in their use, but they are not easily found in country.

The impact is immediate; doctors can now treat three patients they would have referred to a different hospital a week ago saving them from traveling hours to receive the procedures. WEEMA is happy to equip doctors and keep patients close to home!


Growing by Working Together

Kebebush Barena is one of twenty women in the WEEMA Self Help Group Hunjenten Letneam (Growing by Working Together). Established in 2014, the group practices saving with each individual contributing three birr per week. Savings are pooled to provide microloans to members, and may also be lent to members' families for financially constraining life events.

"Before joining my group, I used to stay at home and rely on my husband’s income to support my family of seven. Since I didn’t contribute to household income, my participation in decision-making was very minimal.," Kebebush explains. 

"Now, I am confident and bold enough to speak in front of any one. I have more responsibilities outside home, and understand how to better support myself."

Kebebush is one example of how WEEMA Self Help Groups empower women to create secure, sustainable futures for themselves and their families.

2nd Annual Ethiopian Staff Retreat Success!

The second annual Ethiopian staff retreat this April really spoke to WEEMA's growth over the past year. WEEMA now has 67 staff working in-country, as compared to 15 at this time last year!

Team members work in our two WEEMA offices in Ethiopia; one in Addis and one in Mudula. Staff members on the retreat also included those working in direct service of the communities at WEEMA kindergartens and libraries. 

The retreat gave WEEMA staff the chance to get to know one another, to share laughter and coffee, and to enjoy each other's company.  

Check out the photos from our soccer game, volleyball game and other team building activities!