Project Waterfall: Toke Kutaye and Chelia districts in the Oromia region of Ethiopia

Project Waterfall is excited to announce our latest project in partnership with WaterAid, which will be bringing clean water and sanitation to the Oromia region of Ethiopia, concentrating on the districts of Toke Kutaye and Chelia.

 Looking out on the surrounding landscape from Kilfo Village, Toke Kutaye district.  IMAGE BY BEHAILU SHIFERAW/WATERAID. 

Looking out on the surrounding landscape from Kilfo Village, Toke Kutaye district. IMAGE BY BEHAILU SHIFERAW/WATERAID. 

Through donations from our main fundraising campaign, UK Coffee Week, and other fundraising initiatives such as The Coffee Music Project and The Coffee Art Project, Project Waterfall, in partnership with WaterAid, will help reach 24 500 people in coffee growing communities. Over a three year period, the project will provide safe access to clean water, sanitation and better hygiene practices. Through this initiative, Project Waterfall, WaterAid and others aim to see a substantial reduction in water related diseases, which can be potentially fatal especially in younger children.  

 12-year-old Gobena Benti collects water from the river near Kilfo village.  IMAGE BY BEHAILU SHIFERAW/WATERAID. 

12-year-old Gobena Benti collects water from the river near Kilfo village. IMAGE BY BEHAILU SHIFERAW/WATERAID. 

The initiative not only aims to provide these communities with water access and reduction in illnesses, it also aims to eventually hand over sustainable development and management of the system to the community. The project will also provide equality and inclusion; with access to clean water near their homes, women will save hours every day which can be invested back into the community and children (particularly young girls) will be able to stay in school and receive the same level of education as their brothers. 

UK Coffee Week will run from the 11-17 April this year, and will include thousands of coffee shops across the country. Support your local independent store and give back to these communities by buying coffee, donating loose change or attending events in store. 100% of funds raised during the week go to Project Waterfall. Find out more here.

The Coffee Music Project is a singer songwriter competition taking place in London between February and April 2016. The competition is currently in the preliminary rounds. Ticket proceeds go to Project Waterfall. Buy your tickets here

The Coffee Art Project is an international art competition. All selected artworks will be exhibited at the London Coffee Festival. 25% of proceeds from the sale of artworks go to Project Waterfall. Find out more here