Ethiopia

100 Water Heroes: Hermella Wondimu

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Founder and President of Drop of Water

Hermella Wondimu is the President of Drop of Water, an NGO that she co-founded as a university student. Drop of Water seeks to provide clean, safe water to people in rural communities of Ethiopia and, while this is a monumental task, has helped thousands of people throughout the country.

Hermella obtained a BSc in Civil Engineering from Mekele University and, during her time there, learnt about Ethiopia’s water crisis and its impact on women and children. This knowledge shaped her career path and prompted her dedicated to providing clean water to those in need. One of her projects with Drop of Water involved the construction of 5 water wells in Northern Ethiopia, ultimately providing safe water to over 6000 people. In 2014, a further 20 water wells were built.

Through her dedication to providing clean drinking water and WASH initiatives, Hermella is actively working towards a sustainable future for Ethiopia. This makes her one of our #100WaterHeroes.

Twitter: @hermellawondimu

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/hermella-wondimu-77bb8b30

100 Water Heroes: Arturo Vittori

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Founder and President of Warka Water

Arturo Vittori is the Founder and President of Warka Water, an NPO that “focuses on innovative and sustainable solutions to some of humanity’s most enduring problems through the fusion of local knowledge and resources, visionary design, and ancient traditions.” Arturo is an internationally celebrated artist, architect and designer whose projects have provided beautifully innovative solutions to some of society’s most pressing issues.

When asked what prompted the launch of Warka Water, Arturo stated:

"The idea of the project came out from visiting a small village called Dorze in Ethiopia and seeing women and children walking for kilometres and kilometres every day to bring some water home"

Arturo and his team realised that, in order for rural Ethiopians to access water, women and children had to walk for miles, only to reach shallow, contaminated ponds. This new awareness ultimately led to Arturo designing vertical water towers that collect potable water from the air, providing rural populations with an alternative, safe water source.

Arturo is one of our #100WaterHeroes for founding Warka Water and using his skillset to create an alternative solution to lack of water access in rural African communities.

Twitter: @ArturoVittori

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/arturo-vittori-a457351

100 Water Heroes: Tewolde Egziabher

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Leader of Ethiopian Environmental Protection Agency

Tewolde Egziabher is an Ethiopian Environmentalist and Biologist who leads Ethiopia’s Environmental Protection Agency. In 2006, Tewolde was named as one of the UN’s Champions of the Earth, a prestigious environmental award. He has also won the Right Livelihood Award in 2000 "for his exemplary work to safeguard biodiversity and the traditional rights of farmers and communities to their genetic resources."

Prior to his work with the Ethiopian Environmental Protection Agency, Tewolde was the Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Addis Ababa. He continued on to serve as President of Aswara University for 8 years. Following his career in academia, Tewolde became Director of the Ethiopian Conservation Strategy Secretariat.

Tewolde is a respected Environmentalist and Scientist who has used his platform to advance environmental sustainability in Ethiopia. This makes him one of our #100WaterHeroes.