Charity Water Update: Success in Ethiopia

Children now have access to safe, clean water in Ethiopia Water changes everything

Last month we introduced our readers to Charity Water, a non-profit group with a mission to help bring safe, clean water to developing nations. In September, Charity Water launched a fundraising campaign for two new drilling rigs in Tigray, Ethiopia.

The initial goal was to raise $1.2 million. Generous donors met that challenge and then some, surpassing the goal with an additional $284,638. And then one donor matched the original $1.2 million to fund a second drilling fleet. Then another donor offered to pay the costs of getting the rigs shipped and through customs.

The first drilling rig is up and operational, and wells are already bringing water to communities that until now struggled every day to find enough clean water. Together the two drilling fleets will drill wells bringing water to 80,000 more people every years for the next 15 years. That’s good news because water changes everything.

September Campaign 2011 Rig is drilling in Northern Ethiopia! from charity: water on Vimeo.

Image credit: SocialEarth

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