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16 June 2014 - The Magi 4 Afrika Challenge
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 Magi 4 Afrika - About Burie Woreda


Ethiopia is situated in the Eastern Horn of Africa and is landlocked by the surrounding countries of Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya and Sudan.  

Although having fought a bitter war with Eritrea at the turn of the century, Ethiopia is now regarded as the safest country in Africa's Eastern Horn.  Indeed, since 1958, the UN has based its Headquarters for the Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, the country's capital that is now widely regarded as Africa's diplomatic city.


All net proceeds from Magi 4 Afrika are currently passed to WaterAid for investment in their project at Burie Woreda, West Gojam Zone, Amhara Region in Ethiopia.  The Burie Woreda (or District) has one of the lowest levels of safe water and sanitation in the country.  It is estimated the project will bring safe water to around 37,000 people together with improved sanitation and hygiene training for even more people.



Beku Golba

WaterAid transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world's poorest communities; their vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation.   WaterAid campaigns to change policies and practices, thereby enabling more people to access these essential services.

The remarkable element of providing clean water for Ethiopians is the low cost; on average, it costs just 25p for one Ethiopian to have fresh clean water for one year.  The picture shows Beku Golba, a village 60 kms north of Addis Ababa where a capped spring and overnight water storage unit provides clean water for 450 people.  

The remarkable element of providing clean water for Ethiopians is the low cost.  
On average, it costs just 25p for one Ethiopian to have fresh clean water for one year.

Drinking, cooking and washing in contaminated water exposes communities to illnesses such as bronchitis, tonsillitis, sickness and diarrhoea, as well as eye and respiratory infections and deadly malaria; diseases such as dysentery and typhoid are also very prevalent.  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).  

An estimated 78% of Ethiopia's population is forced to drink from polluted rivers, streams, lakes and, even puddles; the same water sources where animals defecate.  The mortality rate from drinking unclean water is extreme; the images illustrate the issue, left to right, Ababari; anon; Beku Golba. 

Ababari Village Water Collecting, Ethiopia Beku Golba Water Collecting
In Africa, every few seconds, a child under five dies of a preventable cause.  
As many as 2,000 children die every day from illnesses caused by contaminated water.
Every year, an estimated 250,000 children die in Ethiopia alone from drinking unclean water.

WaterAid's Burie Woreda project plans to reach over 37,000 people with access to safe water and over 74,000 people with access to improved sanitation.  Ethiopia is Africa's second most populous country and one of the poorest countries in the world.  Extended periods of drought, famine and conflict have had serious impacts on health and life expectancy with thousands of children dying before they reach the age of five; the infant mortality rate in Ethiopia is 123 per 1,000 births.

Burie Woreda is located in The Blue Nile Basin some 350 kms north-east of Addis Ababa.  The water supply, sanitation and hygiene coverage is very low; most people obtain water from seasonal springs, rivers, ponds and private hand dug wells that are not protected.  Many of the people suffer from water borne and related diseases such as trachoma, typhoid, cholera and intestinal parasites.  Inaccessible and remote kebeles have no access for developed water supply schemes (a kebele is the smallest administrative unit of Ethiopia similar to a ward or a neighbourhood).

The images below, left to right, show; typical agriculture in Amhara Region; location of Amhara National Regional State; construction work at Saglie.

Agriculture, Amhara   Amhara National Regional State  Saglie Project 1
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