Many Ethiopian rural communities don’t have access to clean drinking water. Usually their main source of water is found in distant wells, springs and water holes often shared with animals. In collaboration with the Afro Ethiopian Integrated Development agency, DADF has worked to provide hand-dug wells and, recently, machine-dug deeper wells to more than 500 families in various communities. AEID’s expertise in building wells and training communities to maintain them and keep clean water flowing have been instrumental to achieve this.
Mayan Q’eqchi’ villagers gather in January 2016 in the community they are re-building. In 2007, private security guards, soldiers and police burned 100 homes to the ground and shot at and beat community members as part of an illegal, forced eviction on behalf of Canadian mining companies. (Photo courtesy of Rights Action)