Here's just a small sampling of what we do.
Water is essential to all living things. In Homacho, Ethiopia, villagers have had to walk miles to collect water and carry it back to their homes in five gallon jugs which weigh over 40 pounds when full. Typically, the physical burden of water hauling primarily falls on the girls and women of the village.
Since 2011, Friends of Homacho has helped develop two springs in the village. The first spring moved the village from 4.5 gallons of water per person per day to about 10 gallons of water per person per day. It took 4,000 meters of pipe to connect the foundation to a water tank in the village. The second spring took 6,000 meters of pipe and 60 connectors to complete. We are hopeful that the development of this spring will raise the village above the poverty threshold of 13 gallons of water per person per day.
In Homacho, most children attend schools where the dirt floors were covered with cow manure each Friday in an attempt to minimize dust in the classroom. To date, Friends of Homacho has poured 38 concrete floors in four different schools to replace dirt floors. Additionally, we've provided 32 chairs with cushions, and tables to seat 32 teachers for lunch as part of a remodeling project in a local school.
Our most recent trip and medical mission to Homacho, Ethiopia, occurred in May and June 2017. This was our first medical mission to Homacho and our medical team worked at the clinic with the village doctors for two days. While we were there, we bought an expensive antibiotic for the clinic as well as a battery-operated otoscope and fetal Doppler monitor and provided 120 birthing kits and 250 doses of Erythromycin to the clinic and midwives delivering babies throughout the village.
In addition to working at the clinic, our medical team also examined and diagnosed people who came to where we were staying because they could not afford the clinic registration fee. We treated them as best we could, and in many cases, provided our own personal money for these patients to go to the clinic or the nearest city for medical help.