By Liam Rippingale.

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This page is about raising funds and awareness for people without access to clean toilets or latrines. My brother and I first came up with this idea through trying to encourage the acceptance of toilet humour. From there we realised that toilet humour isn’t a laughing matter for everyone. We decided to do something about this.

Water & Sanitation Project

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Help install a metre of pipe to connect a water source to a community


Help contribute to the cost of water and sanitation training


Help fund a water testing kit


Help train a village committee in water, sanitation and hygiene


Help construct a toilet block for boys and girls in a school


Water & Sanitation Project

This little girls lives in Mesreta, Southern Ethiopia. Before aborehol was constructed by EKHC, people had to travel to the river to collect water which was often dirty. With aborehole right in the village, the community how has access to fresh clean water.

Can you imagine having to walk for half an hour or more every time you want to collect drinking water? For more than 25% of Ethiopians, this is part of life.

So, too, is not having a toilet to use or not knowing what you can do to help reduce the prevalence of diseases like diarrhoea in your family and community. TEAR Australia is working with our long-term partner, the Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church (EKHC), to bring basic water and sanitation infrastructure and hygiene information into rural Ethiopian villages to significantly improve people’s lives.

In some communities, a natural spring or river can be several kilometres away. Providing people with close access to water increases the time they have for other productive purposes, such as farming or education. EKHC are also training community members to build their own simple household toilets, using locally available materials. This ultimately leads to healthier families and communities.

TEAR Australia invites you to partner with EKHC as they provide water and sanitation to communities facing poverty. EKHC’s three-year Integrated Water & Sanitation project is working with communities to:

  • Construct or improve 5,420 toilets at household level.
  • Build 121 fully functioning community water points through digging wells and constructing gravity fed water schemes.
  • Improve hygiene and sanitation practices among 47,200 people through awareness raising and training.

About Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a landlocked country in eastern Africa, bordered by Somalia to the east, Kenya to the south, Sudan and South Sudan to the west and Eritrea and Djibouti to the north. It is the second most populous country in Africa and over the last 5-6 years has become one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Poverty levels remain high however, with 30% of the population living on less than $1.25 per day. Ethiopia ranks 174 out of 188 on the UNDP’s Human Development Index. Australia by comparison is ranked at number 2.


This project has received funding from the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), responsible for Australia's overseas aid program.

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