Our Mission

A Mission of Humanitarian Support

Friends of Homacho is a nonprofit organization located in Dubuque, Iowa that provides water systems, concrete floors for schools, and medical assistance
in and around the village of Homacho, Ethiopia.

What we've acheived

We have developed two springs that bring water directly into the village that have significantly increased the quality of life for the villagers.

  • The first spring is slightly less than three miles outside of the village and sits 140 feet above the village, so gravity allows the water to flow. First, a new foundation/retention basin was built at the existing spring and a new water tank was constructed in the village for the anticipation of additional water. Developing this 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 and 40 connector (plus hardware) to connect the foundation to a water tank in the village. In addition, four individual water stations were completed for farmers in the vicinity of the spring.

  • The second spring is slightly more than four miles outside of the village and sits about 300 feet above the village. It took 6,000 meters of pipe and 60 connectors, plus hardware. The development of this spring will raise the village above the poverty threshold of 13 gallons of water per person per day. Five new water stations were also completed for farmers in this new area.

We have also been able to provide the following:

  • 38 concrete floors have been poured in four different schools to replace dirt floors. Those dirt floors were covered with cow manure each Friday in an attempt to minimize dust in the classroom.

  • 32 chairs with cushions, and tables to seat 32 teachers for lunch as part of a remodeling project in a local school.

  • 10,000 pens were delivered to students

  • 5,000 notebooks were delivered to students

  • 24 soccer balls

  • 24 volleyballs

  • 12 volleyball nets