Holy Trinity Church, Cookham

Serving at the Heart of Your Community



During 2007/8 the Cookham community led by Holy Trinity Church and the Methodist Church and in conjunction with Christian Aid raised £27,000 to help install a safe, secure water supply in the region of Kedida, Ethiopia. The money raised in Cookham was triple-matched by the EU Development Agency so, in effect,over £100,000 was used to finance the project.

Project update February 2010
The project was due to be completed by the end of November 2009, but it has faced a number of delays and the EU has granted it an extra six months (without additional funding) to complete the work. This is now due to be finished by May 2010.

Major achievements of the project include:

  • Eight shallow wells have been constructed and handed over to their local communities. They are providing a safe water supply to 4000 people. All are well protected and they have set up systems for their local users to make a smallfinancial contribution towards their upkeep.
  • Five boreholes have been drilled. One of these has now been officially inaugurated and has started providing a clean water supply to 500 households and 2000 livestock.
  • Efforts are underway to complete the remaining small activities such as laying pipes, installing pumps and transformers for the remaining
    boreholes. It is hoped these will all come into service by the end ofFebruary 2010, serving 2000 households.

EOC-DICAC staff are busy and working hard to complete the remaining activities of the pump gravity schemes such as pipe laying and construction
of river crossing structures, to provide a safe water supply for 11,235 people before the end of March 2010.

The project has also successfully achieved most of its health and sanitation targets. More than 95% of the people in the target
kebles (areas) now have improved sanitation services, compared to neighbouring areas.

The project has made clear and measurable difference the development of
natural resources in the target areas. New physical structures have been

  • 98 km (61 miles) of stone-faced land terraces
  • 75 km (47 miles) of stone land hillside terraces and enclosures
  • 1.5 km (1 mile) of soil land terraces on cultivated land 920 trench excavations

The impact of these will take some time to be seen, but the area closure covering 158 hectares (390 acres) of land has already created significant
changes. Native tree species are regenerating and growing significantly;
and farmers have already seen a longer and better period for retaining
moisture on their land, which has contributed to greater crop production.

Different community-based institutions such as water and sanitation
committees and water technicians have been organized. Their skills have been built up through training so that they can manage and repair the
different water schemes constructed by the project. The committees have set up a “cost recovery system” by charging a very small user fee from the
community for purchase of small spare parts for maintenance of the systems.

Some of the major challenges the project has faced have

  • shortage of construction materials such as cement, pipes, iron,
    transformers and pumps in the local market. This has been caused by a shortage of foreign currency in the country as result of the global
    economic crisis.
  • There has also been inflation in the cost of materials, staff turnover and a hydroelectric power blackout in the country.

This update report was written and the photos provided by Adam Tefera
from Christian Aid’s Ethiopia office. The report was minimally edited by
Max Khanna from the Church Partnership Unit at Christian Aid.