The Kibebe Tsehay Orphange, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


about the project

The capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, is a critical link in the country’s coffee supply chain and a major hub for coffee exchange and exportation. Over the past decade, Addis Ababa has experienced rapid growth, and as a result there are roughly 100,000 children who live on the street.

Orphans are disproportionately affected by the lack of clean water and sanitation in Ethipia, and the water they have access to is often contaminated with parasites. Diarrheal diseases – though completely preventable – are still the second leading cause of death in Ethiopia.

Project Waterfall has partnered with Splash International, an organization that brings lifesaving water, hygiene and sanitation infrastructure to schools and orphanages in Addis Ababa.  Their goal is to reach every orphanage and public school in the capital by 2020.

This project, carried out in 2016, bought clean drinking water to the Kibebe Tsehay orphanage in Addis Ababa, which currently serves 590 children and has new arrivals every year.

children in an orphanage enjoying filtered drinking water, splash

children in an orphanage enjoying filtered drinking water, splash


the solution

Splash International's model reflects an integrated view of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) as a threefold approach to advancing positive health outcomes:

Clean water: A water filtration system and child friendly hand washing station was installed in the orphanage.

Hygiene education: Behavioural change around hand washing was tackled by setting up student-led hygiene clubs that teach kids about personal hygiene and empower them to make it a positive-peer-pressure priority.

Sustainable sanitation: Once clean water is secured, Splash works through local partners to improve sanitation and construct safe toilet facilities for girls and boys.


the future

We will continue to support Splash International and their ambitious goal to bring clean water to every orphanage, nursery and school in Addis Ababa by 2020.  We hope to fund a second orphanage in Addis Ababa, the Ketchene orphanage, where girls from Kibebe Tsehay move after their 8th birthday.