Water Source Development Projects

Since 2010, CSCA-Gondar has partnered with community leaders, the City of Gondar Water Department, and Bridge of Hope to construct wells and develop springs throughout the city of Gondar. These wells and spring development sites provide clean water to over 2700 households (an estimated 16,800 individuals).

Use the interactive map to explore these clean water sources and find out more information about each site.

Scroll down to learn more about the site selection process and the difference between drilled wells, hand dug wells, and spring development projects.

Site Selection Process
The sites are selected based primarily on the number of families to be served and the commitment from the kebele (village) council to maintain the well in good working order. Community support is integral to the project. The wells are public facilities owned by the City and kebele administrations. However, local users are active in the management of the wells and trained in repair and maintenance of the water pumps.

Site Types – Drilled Wells, Hand Dug Wells, and Spring Developments

The type of water source development project implemented at a specific site depends upon the availability of, or location of, water. If the water is deep in the ground (10m – 100m), a drilled well is constructed. If water can be found close to the surface (<10m), a hand dug well can be built. If water is already flowing at the surface, a spring development project is pursued.

Current Status

While the majority of the water developments have been able to be maintained by the community and the Gondar water department.

  • 9 of these wells need additional funding to be able to function properly
  • 3 of the 9 wells are not functional now, needing major repairs beyond what the community can fund.
  • Some of these wells in need are adjacent to schools’ grounds and in urgent need of repair.
  • Communities are growing fast and the need for water is increasing with it.

Outcomes Envisioned by Having Wells Maintained:

  • Communities and schools will again have access to clean water for years to come
  • Improve health and hygiene for communities
  • Improve student attendance by reducing the need of going far to retrieve water
  • Repairs will assist water committees to become more sustainable over time
  • Communities, livestock, and trees will be able to benefit from water access.
  • CSCA-Gondar will be able to continue building wells after previous projects are functioning properly

Our Fund-Raising Goal: $7000