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Environmental Stewardship with SAP

Clean Water for Ethiopia

SAP, together with StreamServe, is sponsoring the Clean Water for Ethiopia project as part of its global corporate social responsibility program that focuses on education and the environment among other issues.

Ethiopia is one of the driest countries on earth. Approximately 80% of its population simply does not have access to enough clean water to support basic living requirements. In particular, the water supply is extremely poor in rural areas.

To make matters worse, the existing water sources – often ponds or handmade shallow wells – are very often polluted.

StreamServe Providing Clean Water for Ethiopia

During frequent droughts, these traditional water sources regularly dry up, and existing wells do not work because of the scarcity of spare parts or the lack of knowledge to appropriately maintain them. Keeping families supplied with sufficient water means hours of hard labor for the majority of women and girls every day, leaving no time or energy for girls to attend school.

The small amount of readily available clean water makes it difficult to maintain healthy sanitation standards. In fact, 80% of all children's diseases are related to polluted water. Diarrhea is one of the most dangerous illnesses to afflict young children and is the main cause of death in children under five years old. Without treatment, children literally dehydrate within a few days. The Amhara and Afar regions in northern Ethiopia are particularly affected in this regard as the rainfall pattern is scant.

To meet the pressing need for clean water, UNICEF is currently drilling 80 new wells that transport ground water from a depth of 40 to 50 meters. The result is in less polluted water sources and wells that continue to work during periods of drought. Through these efforts, almost 40,000 people will be supplied with clean drinking water. Furthermore, an investment is being made to construct toilets for 30 schools in the area, and many educational training sessions have been set up. These sessions are aimed at teaching hygiene basics and the skills required to build latrines. UNICEF also helps maintain existing wells and invests further in educating and empowering locals with the skills needed to maintain the wells themselves.

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