Safe Water for Children! PRESENTED BY: CHINA FOUDATION FOR PROVETY ALLEVIATION, XCMG, AND ERHA Collaboration Ethiopia is a developing country and one of Ethiopia's greatest resources are the people themselves. So, when Ethiopian children are not attending school as a result of having to fetch water as their number one priority, or for sanitation purposes, this further adds to the poverty rate. Unfortunately, of the 86% male and 81% female students enrolled in schools nationwide, the net attendance for both is only 45%. Sadly, many Ethiopian children are absent from school due to being sick from water-borne illnesses, and water related disease is the single biggest killer of Ethiopian infants. Furthermore, the main responsibility to fetch water is handed down to the girls in the family, placing constraints on the girls to do their many daily chores and fetch water, all while attending school. This creates a negative impact on the school-attendance of girls especially. Haymanot Geda, is a 10 year old girl, who lives with her mom and dad, and older brother in Minjar-Shenkora Regional woreda- a dry arid region- in North Shoa zone of Amhara Regional State of Ethiopia. Haymanot's daily life consist of raising early in the morning before dawn, strapping a donkey or camel with 4-8 jerrycans, and walking nearly 15 km to the nearest community made open-pond. There she fetches the water using the jerrycans then straddles them onto the camel for return trip home. Once home, Haymanot's tasks involves helping prepare food and washing clothes with her mother. Also, Haymanot assist her father in sowing crops, weeding, and transporting crops to dwelling area. Haymanots attends Aguch Primary School, but before going, she goes to the newly constructed water cellar and carefully pours from the faucet clear water and fills her jug. Gently, she guards the brim of the jug, so no water spills because she knows the precious value of water. With this water, Haymanot washes before school. Sometimes Haymanot does not attend school at all due to the long and exhaustive task of fetching water. ''This water cellar is a gift to me, now I have a water at home so I can focus on school and house chores." -Haymanot Geda- So as a means of challenging lack of water insecurity and achieving economic development in Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Rainwater Harvesting Association, a local based NGO, backed with the financial support and guidance of the Chinese Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), launched a program entitled the “Water Cellar Project”. This program was successful in constructing 40 rainwater harvesting cellars on the near grounds of residents. These water cellars greatly improved the quality of 240 direct beneficiaries. Now Haymont, along with many children in Minjar-Shekona has a near water supply, cutting down on the time needed to fetch water, allowing for more time to attend school, do household chores, and engage in extracurricular activities with their friends.