A message from Ethiopia

Something’s got to change if Ethiopia’s children are to avoid a future of blindness.

The water is flowing… see for yourself

I wish you could have been there with me to turn on the taps in Amhara.

Making change one family at a time

Something’s got to change if Ethiopia’s children are to avoid a future of blindness

See the difference water makes

Children teach Ed proper handwashing techniques.

A Canadian mom meets moms in Ethiopia

Something powerful happens when a mother from Canada shows mothers in Ethiopia that she cares.

Together, we can help lift families and communities out of poverty to make their children S.A.F.E. and Sound.

The Trachoma-Poverty link


The S.A.F.E. Strategy

Surgery – Trichiasis surgery rotates the eyelids back to their proper position and stops the eyelashes from creating opaque corneal scarring.

Antibiotics – Zithromax administered once or twice a year to populations where trachoma is endemic, helps to break the cycle of infection in the short term.

Face washing – Through school clubs, we teach students the importance of washing their faces and hands with clean water. These students then become eye health ambassadors to their families and communities.

Environmental Changes – Safe, protected water wells and capped springs and clean accessible latrines are key to preventing trachoma blindness.

Operation: S.A.F.E. and Sound

The Plan


Families can’t be S.A.F.E. and Sound without enough revenue to feed their kids nutritious food, to guard and contribute to their access to clean water, to get kids medicine when they’re sick, to educate their kids, to contribute to community wells and springs and village savings plans. 

Together with you, we are out to lift families and communities out of poverty so they can keep their children S.A.F.E. and Sound for years to come.

Here’s what we believe we can accomplish with your investment:

  • Dig and cap 55 clean water sources for 55 communities.
  • Start 25 school clubs teaching students face-washing, water conservation, good hygiene that they take back to their families and communities.
  • Irrigate 30 hectares of land with developed springs – harnessing ground and surface water and giving 620 families access to dependable water to grow a greater variety of crops and vegetables year round – even in the long dry season and in poor rainfall years.
  • Install 162 rope pumps for family members with disabilities – giving them equal access to water and irrigation systems.
  • Train 372 farmers on improved agronomic practice, irrigation water utilization, soil fertility management, integrated pest management and bio-intensive gardening.
  • Give 2,000 farmers crop inputs (wheat seed, teff seed and fertilizer)
  • Give 599 farmers animal inputs – either 6 sheep or 25 chickens per family to start a small business.
  • Train 360 farmers on improved livestock management, free grazing management, feed improvement, poultry management, cattle farming and beekeeping
  • Establish 310 Village Economic and Social Associations (VESA) – to teach groups of 15-25 households financial literacy and business skills, agricultural technologies and information and to link these families to microfinance and input/output markets, and other livelihoods interventions.

By the end of Operation: S.A.F.E. and Sound 6,200 poor households will have experienced a stabilizing lift in their income.

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S.A.F.E. dependable water

Ethiopia is a nation of farmers. 80% of the nation depends on the land for their existence. That number goes up to 97% in our target populations in Amhara.

And yet, Ethiopia suffers from chronic drought. Environmental change has caused less predictable rains and a depleted water table.

Every year, the poorest families face hunger. Their income dries up along with the land. They can’t afford medicines when their children get sick. They can’t even afford school for their children.

Irrigation 101

  • Irrigation is using ground or surface water to supplement rainfall.
  • This helps extend the growing season and allow farmers to grow different crops – especially more vegetables.
  • This process allows farmers to produce 2 or more harvests in a year.
  • Irrigation also helps to improve water access for animals, needed for farming and livelihood support.
  • Irrigation provides resiliency for farming families and health for their children.

On track after Year ONE!

Thanks to you and other visionary supporters, here are some highlights from year one of Operation: S.A.F.E. and Sound:

  • Together with our in-country partners, you are giving 252,520 people access to the S.A.F.E. strategy, including trachoma-fighting antibiotics and sight-saving surgeries
  • You gave 5,250 people access to safe, clean water through 6 wells and 2 capped springs
  • You gave 3,600 students access to safe, clean, accessible school latrines
  • You laid the groundwork for 13 eye health school clubs – hygiene education for 11,700 students
  • You identified 2,044 families in need of livelihood support, to be offered in 2020. These families are better able to contribute to sustaining the water sources we’ve helped to provide. They’re able to build their own latrines. They’re better able to access sight-protecting antibiotics and surgeries.

Thank you for providing joy to these and so many other children with chatterboxes!

Investment list:

All the ways you can invest in Operation: S.A.F.E. and Sound


  • $1,149 to train a school full of children about trachoma prevention
  • $18,048 to dig a well for a community
  • $8,770 to cap a spring


  • $391 to give one family access to irrigation
  • $3,125 to irrigate one hectare of land
  • $1,620 to give 10 families agriculture inputs (seeds, fertilizer) and training (agronomic best practice, bio-intensive gardening)
  • $630 to give a family livestock and husbandry training
  • $5,850 to give financial literacy and business skills training to 250 households