We want to introduce you to our partner communities in Ethiopia where 100% of your donations go to transform lives forever. At Run for Water, our development work is centred on how we can help our partner communities become their own champions of development. Here’s how we do that. 





    The power of clean water. Having accessible clean water frees up girls and women to pursue their education and income generating activities. Clean water also means more productivity as less people are sick/dying because of water-borne diseases. 

    During the project, we also provide leadership training and entrepreneurial skills transfers such as long term financial planning. Our Ethiopian staff spends three years with each community doing capacity building and knowledge transfer. 

    Our development work on the ground is led by Ethiopians. Indigenous knowledge and expertise is invaluable when it comes to ensuring our work appropriately and effectively meets each community’s needs. Staff who work with our partner communities are from the respective region, speak the ethnic language and understand local development barriers and priorities.

    Clean water is just the beginning. We work in the most marginalized and remote communities in Ethiopia, but they have shown us, year after year, they are one of the most resilient, innovative and resourceful group of people.  

    By using an appropriate level of technology for our projects and by requiring each partner community to raise 10% of the total project cost, we are able to foster their sense of ownership of the project and their commitment to ensure its lasting impact. These skills and values ripple into their other spheres of life and they continue to mobilize themselves and thrive independently today.

    At Run for Water, we give hand-ups, not hand-outs. 



    Play with this interactive map to see where all of our partner communities over the years are located. Click on each location to get more information on the project.

    At Run for Water, you don’t give to a black hole. You partner with a specific community. 

    Map of Ethiopia
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    Partner Communities



    Bekyye is located in the Harana Buluk area of Oromia.Their current population is 2,200 individuals and they have no access to clean water. They are currently using the water from river and ponds for cooking, cleaning, drinking and animal care.

    In 2019, we will be developing a spring which will be the new source of clean water for Bekyye.



    In Waraba, there are 280 households with a total population of 2175 (1150 male and 1025 female).

    The community is currently using a local river as the primary water source for drinking, cleaning, taking care of animals and cooking. This water source has led to chronic waterborne diseases. 

    In 2019,  a clean water source will be constructed with a 4km pipe bringing clean water into the centre of the community. 

    GPS Coordinates: 5.16521, 40.90183

    2019 (CALGARY R4W)


    Located in the district of Alaje in the Tigray region, 1024 people call Zeneshka home. Currently, only 54.5% of school age children are enrolled in the local school. Of those in school, more than 50 students became ill with waterborne diseases this past year. Calgary Run for Water is partnering with Zeneshka to bring them clean water and quality primary education this year. 

    GPS Coordinates: 12.893182, 39.306034



    The current population is 291 households, with 2,616 individuals. The net enrolment rate in school is very low at 22%. Currently the community has no classrooms, only two open air classrooms and no library or latrine. There is no potable water in the school and the community is currently using water from the local river and ponds. We will be contsructing a shallow well and a new school with early childhood education building, latrines and a new library. 

    GPS Coordinates: 12.925113,39.539957



    The community of Adiarbaeate is located in the Tigray region of Ethiopia and is on a very dry land. Girls and women have to walk for hours every day to find the next water source. We are working towards constructing a shallow well within the community for clean water source. 


    Awash Kolati

    The community of Awash Kolati is located in the Barbare district of Oromia region in Ethiopia. It is approximately 550 km south east of the capital, Addis Ababa. It is one of the coffee growing communities in the district with a large portion of the population living in absolute poverty, making it incredibly challenging for the community to improve quality and access to infrastructure and education.

    For children who are able to go to school, the learning conditions are very challenging. Their classrooms are often made of sticks and mud. Rainy seasons make it worse as flood erodes the classrooms, putting a halt to classes. Due to the poor conditions of the classrooms, they are often under the risk of collapsing or its roof being taken away by the wind.

    Our partnership with Awash Kolati in 2018 brought a combination of infrastructure development, teacher and community member capacity building and training, and provision of supplies. We built a spring water system for the school and community, two blocks of four classrooms, one early childhood education classroom, one library, and two blocks of 8 pit gender-segregated latrines (one each for boys and girls).

    2018 (R4W Calgary)

    Sheni Kondala

    Sheni Kondala is located in the rural Oromia region. This community had high drop out rates with girls at school because of early marriage and the domestic responsibilities girls have to take on such as collecting water from the river every day. 

    Before we constructed water points and a school, our partner agency, Imagine1Day, worked with the community to ensure everyone understood the significance of sending children to school. This work supported the establishment of school girls club which aimed at bringing all girls to school, support each other, discuss and find solutions to problems they may face. The club not only allows girls to come together to share ideas and opinions, but also provides a space for girls to talk about their health and wellbeing. 

    In November 2018, we welcomed clean water with them as well as new school buildings complete with latrines and a library. 


    Gora Bantu

    The community of Gora Bantu is located in the Barbare district of Oromia region in Ethiopia. It is approximately 525 km south east of the capital, Addis Ababa.

    Their source for drinking water was the nearby river which they used to share with their cattle and other domesticated animals. We visited them in November, 2018 to celebrate the flow of clean water for the first time in their lives. 

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    100% of your donations go directly to Ethiopia to bring clean water and improved education. All of our overhead cost is covered by a group of generous partners. 
    If this year’s designated project is fully funded, Run for Water reserves the right to use excess funds to build additional water and education projects in other rural communities in Ethiopia.