Partner Since Sector Region
EKHC 2010 Water & Sanitation Oromiya
Program period Beneficiaries Budget Room for funding
2012 - 2014 2.400 rural people € 79.200 € 31.000

The Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church (EKHC) is an evangelical denomination with 6,7 million members and 7.774 congregations across the nation. Until the early 1970s, the church ran various small-scale initiatives to help the poor, the widows and the sick. Following the 1973/74 famine in northern Ethiopia, the church extended the scope of its social services. In 1984, it launched the EKHC Development Department as part of its holistic ministry. Since then the focus has shifted from relief and rehabilitation to efforts to bringing about lasting change through sustainable development programs.

In 1986, the EHKC Development Department started the Integrated Water and Sanitation Program. The purpose of the program is to improve water supply, sanitation and hygiene practice amongst targeted communities in rural Ethiopia, and to work towards their empowerment to sustain these improvements. WSN supports this program in Sebeta, a town situated at about 24 kilometers south-west of Addis Ababa. Sebeta is located in the Oromiya regional state, the largest and most populated region of Ethiopia. Program activities include the construction of 8 public latrines (with 6 cubicles each) and the training of 8 sanitation committees (with 5 members each) and 6 health extension workers.

This project will benefit 2.400 rural people with improved sanitation facilities and hygienic practices. This group includes 300 primary school children.

This project is still part of our pilot trajectory with EKHC. The first impact assessment is planned for 2014.