By REST PR GebreHaweria Berhane
Tigrai Onlne - January 13, 2014
Staff members of the Charity Water (C:W), a non-profit organization which helps people by bringing clean and safe drinking water will fly to Tigrai regional state. Charity Water is based in New York City, United States of America. The members of the NGO will visit the Relief Society of Tigrai (REST) water projects while their stay in the state. In their five days field trip to REST’s clean water supply project areas, the staff members plan to see what REST has achieved in the rural areas of Tigrai. REST with the help of non-profit organizations including Charity Water and the local people has been providing clean water supply to remote towns and villages.
Mr. Teklewoini Asefa, the executive director of REST, on his briefing said that “For the execution of different water projects and maximizes safe water coverage of Tigrai, Charity Water funded through REST projects worth more than USD 27 million dollars from the beginning of their partnership. However, as the new study conducted by REST, Tigrai bureau of water resource and other stakeholders indicated that to assure 100% clean water supply coverage of Tigrai region it demands 3 billion. Charity Water is still the most reliable water organization working closely with REST and A Glimmer of Hope to contribute more in water, hygiene and sanitation related programs.”
According to Mr. Teklewoini Asefa, REST is still committed and mobilized huge amount of resources (machineries, skilled man power, etc) to bring 100% potable water coverage in Tigrai in less than five years.
For the past six years Charity Water funded REST to mitigate Tigrai region water and related problems by introducing different types of water project technologies such as boreholes, hand dug wells, spring developments, roof rain water harvesting, solar systems and so on. To construct these relevant water projects amid the Tigrai people, REST performed a variety of hydro geological investigations, designs and studies consulting with the people living in critical water need.
The 32 member Charity Water group, are expected to come to Tigrai on January 2014. While in Tigrai they will meet with REST director Mr. Teklewoini Asefa and management members to be briefed about our overall development status in general and rural water supply achievements in particular. Moreover, they are planning to see project beneficiaries in Adwa, Weree-Leke, Hawzien, Saessi Saeda Emba and Kilte Awlaelo weredas. While meeting with communities they insist to held participatory community discussions on how their money is allocated to the targeted beneficiaries. In their six days consecutive field trips the group will inaugurate new drinking wells.
With the fund contribution from different water partners, REST enabled to benefit 1.2 million Tigraians. Among these all people women and children are the prime beneficiaries. To reach such like significant number from the remote and undermined rural parts of the region, REST as a prominent and indigenous organization built over 4,257 water projects in rural Tigrai. According to clean water sources REST’s contribution accounts 40% water coverage share in Tigrai.