Arjo Well – Complete! Summer 2011

(Don’t miss the video below of our most current project site.)

What if you woke up this morning, getting ready for the day, turned on the shower, and water was not flowing from the faucet? You quickly realize that in fact no water is running in your house.  You turn on the TV frantic for what might be going on and you find out you no longer have access to water in your home or anywhere in your city.

Imagine this is not a nightmare; this is a reality. You are now walking two to five miles to the nearest water source: your local river. Out of necessity, you begin to carry a few gallons of water on your back to your home for cooking and basic cleaning each day.

For millions of people this is a reality, a daily routine. What if you realized that this could be changed? What if collectively, community by community, a well could be dug?  Water could be purified.   It only takes a few people to change the situation for hundreds or thousands of people.

In January 2011, the Bridges family traveled MANY hours on terrible “roads” to meet and encourage the family of their new friend, Aleymayhu (aka Alex).   Alex arrived in America only 1 year prior, after winning the equivalent of the Ethiopian lottery.  His name was drawn to receive a visa to America.   Alex is living every immigrant’s dream.  He has a good job, is going to school and longs to get an education as a nurse so that he can return to Ethiopia and help his family and community.  Embrace Compassion has partnered with Alex and his local community in a remote area of Western Ethiopia to develop a natural spring into a source of water for an entire community.

Within 3 short months of returning from the trip, we received government paperwork approving our first proposed well in the Ethiopian community where Alex is from.  It is Embrace Compassion’s goal to empower the local people, as opposed to just doing something for them … to help them take ownership for changing their community. The Ethiopian people do the work and negotiate supplies which for this first project kept our cost to a mere $4300.  This is the community we visited and they had never seen white people before.  We actually were a little frightening to the small children!  For the first time in the history of this village they will have clean drinking water, a water connection for the animals and for sanitation.  The community elected officials for the water committee, took an oath and commissioned each other to partner with us to get it done.  The project has no overhead, no admin fees and 100% of very dollar is going directly to the well.  It is an opportunity for anyone to directly see their dollar given for clean water in Africa.  We are doing it.  You can do it too.

Within hours of leaving Alex’s village, authorities from neighboring villages were calling our driver asking when the white people would come to them.  They also had many problems because they did not have clean water.  When can the white people come to help them?  Of course we know that help is not defined by the color of our skin but in the opportunity to make money and a heart of generosity.  God has blessed many of us with those abilities in America.

Our family and many others, through Embrace Compassion, have made a commitment to do whatever we can to bring help that rural Ethiopian families are desperately looking for, one water project at a time.

Below is a video of the beginning of the project to develop the spring into a usable well for the community of Arjo.

Wayu Kiltu Spring, Arjo from Embracecompassion on Vimeo.

Below is a map of the region where the well site is located.

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Nekempte hospital is the leading hospital in western Ethiopia, specifically in the Oromia region. Approximately 5 million people surround the hospital and are serviced by the staff at this medical facility.

We would like to highlight some new progress currently underway at the hospital. Dr. Haileyesus, the lead surgeon, has worked diligently to establish teamwork among the staff, the local community and with other non profit helping teams across the world. Doctor Haileyesus finds great success in working hard to build an infrastructure that supports the best care possible for patients. He sees great value in bringing together multiple helpers and team players for the best results.

While our wonderful doctor is very humble, we will boast of some of the wonderful achievements that have come from his leadership and partnership with others.

We are celebrating the opening of a new operating theater that will increase the number of surgeries by 50%! The new operating room gives more options as we have added a new orthopedic surgeon who is using SIGN materials to repair badly broken bones.

We are also celebrating the addition of a new skin grafting dermatome machine that has already increased our level of care for our patients.

With much thanks to the community and their support, to Doctor Haileyesus and his humble leadership and to the supporting NGO’s like Sign and Embrace Compassion, our team is making a wonderful impact for the Oromia region.

Nekemte Public Referral Hospital Haileyesus Tesfaye Jeanne Dillner Jennifer Bridges

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