Water to Jido — Update

Our friend Dick Moeller at Water to Thrive is helping us to bring clean water to Jido, Ethiopia.  Dick is in Ethiopia this week — below is an update we received from him about his visit to Jido.  Encouraging!

This morning got off to an early start.  We met our partners from Mekane Yesus Development and Social Services Commission (MY-DASSC) at 7:30 to start a three hour drive to the community of Jido, south of Addis.  We, of course got caught in the Monday morning rush hour of Addis!

Our first stop was in Zeway, a town close to Jido that is the office of the local South Central Synod DASSC office.  We met with DASSC to discuss the possibilities of a major pipeline extension project that could bring clean safe water to Jido, a community in desperate need.  If complete, the project would be a partnership with MY-DASSC, Food for the Hungry, the local community, the local water bureau and Water to Thrive.

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Jido Women Attending the Water Discussion

After our stop in Zeway, we made our way south about 25 kilometers to Jido.  Jido has a well, built by the government, but it is heavily contaminated by fluoride.  So much so, that it is unsafe for human consumption.  But, much of the year the community is forced to use this source because it is the only water available in the dry season.  At the depth of the dry season, the well often stops producing even the deadly water.

The possible solution is a pipeline extension from the community Bulbula, 16 kilometers away.  The area is blessed with a huge gushing spring (233 liters per second!).  The local water bureau has already tapped into 20% of this water flow and built a 500,000 liter reservoir to serve the area, so there is plenty of water, we just have to get it to Jido by the pipeline extension.

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Discussion with Jido Community on Water Project

We spent about two hours with all the parties involved, listening to the challenges, the hopes and dreams to make this happen.  The community is 100% committed to assisting by providing labor for trenching.  The local water bureau appears cooperative to allow the connection to the water source.  MY-DASSC has firsthand experience with two other pipeline extensions in the area and is prepared to be the project manager.  And we have sponsors in Austin TX prepared to assist with the financial resources.  In addition, this pipeline extension passes 5 other communities along the route from Bulbula to Jido, so many more may have the blessing of safe water too!

While much remains to be done, we left Jido with our spirits high.  It seems that God’s hand has put the right pieces of the puzzle in front of us.  Now we must knit them together into a solution……allowing us to dream a bit about the possibility of having clean, safe sustainable water in Jido in 12-18 months.


  1. Ellen Tuthill says:

    I’m SO pleased to get this update! Tears came to my eyes when I saw the photo of the women in white, attending the meeting. The woman in the center, with the green stripes on her dress, is the same one who grabbed me and warmly hugged me while photos were taken last March. The close-ups of her face and my face pressed together are some of my favorite pictures of our whole trip. I’m glad to see her involved in the community’s decisions — and to see her healthy and alive. We can’t take such things for granted. So I appreciate the photos!

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