Water supply program in Gunda village

On Thursday we visited Gunda village and the local primary school to learn about the community water supply.

The children had a surprise for us. When we arrived they were waiting for us in front of the school in a big group with a wonderful bouquet and sang a greeting song for us. It was a very touching moment. Then they presented us with the well (and its operation) which is in a closed place and they are guarding it.

Children in Ethiopia pump water from a well

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Child drinks from a well in Ethiopia

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This well is very useful, because it makes their lives so much easier. Before they had it, the women and girls used to have to walk many kilometers to find fresh water, and they had to walk barefoot in a stream, so they often cut their feet on the rocks. Now the well is close to their homes.

A child pumps water from a well

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Each family donates 1 birr ( =13 HUF, = 0,04 EUR) a month and it’s put into a bank account, which they manage, in case of problems. The well is 13 m deep and gives fresh and clean water to 40 families (on average there are seven members in a family) so it serves 280 people.

After that we visited a traditional house and household. This was very pretty. It has a living- and bedroom together. Children sleep in the living room, parents sleep on the loft and in the house is a separate room for sheep. The kitchen is in a separate building. In the kitchen a woman brought out some cotton which is used for making clothes and bags. Anita and Sara tried to spin it. It was very funny, because only Sara could do it the right way. The toilet is separate too, and they can wash their hands there. This is a very big thing, because they couldn’t do it before.

Two women in Ethiopia

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Sara learns to spin cotton

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A woman shows a string of cotton

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At the end of the visit the local people entertained us for a picnic and we had an opportunity to taste some kind of beans and seeds. They made us a traditional local food (named fir-fir) which is Katrina’s favorite Ethiopian food: bread (which is rather like a pancake, but the batter is lighter) with a vegetable puree. This has an interesting taste. The bread is a little sour and the puree is very hot. I didn’t like it very much because I don’t like spicy foods. And they made for us a very tasty coffee.

A woman serves injera bread

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A woman with dried beans

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Children at a picnic in Ethiopia

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Visitors eat lunch with a community in Ethiopia

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About Judit Kocsis

I'm working as a shop assistant in the children, family and bedroom department. I'm studying art, film history and film theory at college. I will graduate this year. In my free time I take photos and make films. These are my main hobbies, but I like to read books and watch movies also.



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