The staff members of Charity: Water paid four days field visit to REST water supply projects found in four districts; Adwa, Werie Leke, Hawzien and Saesie Tsaeda Emba of Tigray regional state. They were participated in water projects inauguration ceremonies. They have been experienced with the Tigrean cultural dances; feeding styles, norms, wedding, traditional poetry making, local drink (siwa), the historical places and Orthodox Tewahido Church rules. Although their aim was to observe water projects, ones again they saw what looks like the Tigrean culture and history.
One day Ato Teklewoini Assefa said “in Tigray we say ‘WATER IS LIFE’. What you have achieved is the ‘GIFT OF LIFE’ many thousands of times over. We thank you for this life gift from the bottom of our hearts.”“Great things come from BIG DREAMS. Our region is poor and dry, and our people suffered from many illnesses that come from not having enough water to drink and quench our thirst, or to wash our bodies and keep our homes clean. But for years we have had a dream to turn our thirst into prosperity, and also work hard as a community to make life better for our children and families.” These heartfelt messages of REST Executive Director persuade partners from around the world, especially Charity: Water, to come and support our people in provision of potable water supply.
Scott Harrison, Chief Executive Officer of Charity: Water, said “C: W works in 20 countries in the whole world helping rural communities to get clean water to drink. Our big focus has been in Tigray for the past six years. When first I come to Tigray I saw the need for clean water. I knew something must be done and since that C: W partnered with REST to fund over 3,000 projects to benefit for about one million people in Tigray.”
Concerning the next plan “we have thinking about 100% coverage and make sure that the water points continue to function when breakdown happened there is a system of repair. So we looking to give clean water for everyone in Tigray and move to other parts of Ethiopia.”