ADDIS ABABA – U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Ervin Massinga launched two USAID-funded Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WaSH) projects in the East African nation.
Both programs – named Urban WASH and Climate Resilient WASH – will run for five years, says the US embassy in a statement, and put the value of each project at $45 million.
The Urban WaSH will provide construction and technical support to accelerate access to WASH services in ten secondary cities in Ethiopia.
The Climate Resilient WaSH meanwhile will focus on providing similar services to underserved rural populations in Afar, Oromia, Somali, and South and Central Ethiopia Regional States.
“This work is very close to my heart,” Ambassador Massinga said while launching the projects together with State Minister of Water and Energy Asfaw Dingamo on Friday.
“We know that providing our Ethiopian brothers and sisters with handwashing facilities, improved latrines, and other sanitation supplies ensures that children miss fewer days at school, and that helps families live healthier and more prosperous lives,” he added.
With the new programs, USAID expects to reach over 900,000 Ethiopians by 2028 with access to safe water and an additional 800,000 people with access to basic sanitation, the US embassy statement reads.