REST: Charity Water staffs will visit REST
The Charity Water (C:W), a non-profit organization bringing
clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations, staffs based in
New York City, US America, will fly to Tigray regional state and visit the
Relief Society of Tigray (REST) water projects. In their five days field trip
to REST’s clean water supply project areas, the staffs aimed to observe what
REST has been achieving in rural water supply provision actions.
Ato Teklewoini Asefa, the executive director of
REST, on his briefing said that “For the execution of different water projects
and maximizes safe water coverage of Tigray, Charity Water still funded REST
more than USD 27 million starting from its partnership. However, as the new
study conducted by REST, Tigray bureau of water resource and other stakeholders
indicated that to assure 100% clean water supply coverage of Tigray region it
demands 3 billion. Here the C:W is still the most believable and potential water
organization working closely with REST and A Glimmer of Hope to contribute more
in water and hygiene and sanitation related programs.”
According to Ato Teklewoini
Asefa, REST is still committed and mobilized huge amount of resources (machineries,
skilled man power, etc) to bring 100% potable water coverage in Tigray within
less than five years.
For the past 6 years Charity
Water funded REST to mitigate Tigray region water and related problems by
introducing different types of water project technologies such as boreholes,
hand dug wells, spring developments, roof rain water harvesting, solar systems
and so on. To construct these relevant water projects amid the Tigray people,
REST performed a variety of hydro geological investigations, designs and studies
consulting with the people living in critical water need.
The staffs, 32 in number, are
expected to come on January 2014, will meet with REST director and management
members to be briefed about our overall development status in general and rural
water supply achievements in particular. Moreover, they planned to see project
beneficiaries in Adwa, W/Leke, Hawzien, S/Saeda Emba and K/Awlaelo weredas.
While meeting with communities they insist to held participatory community discussions
on how their money is allocated to the targeted beneficiaries. In their 6 days
consecutive field trips the staffs will inaugurate new drinking wells.
With the fund contribution from
different water partners, REST enabled to benefit 1.2 million Tigrayans. Among
these all people women and children are the prime beneficiaries. To reach such like
significant number from the remote and undermined rural parts of the region, REST
as a prominent and indigenous organization built over 4,257 water projects in
rural Tigray. According to clean water sources REST’s contribution accounts 40%
water coverage share in Tigray.