written by Greg, Project HOPEFUL Awassa Director
Water. The year was 1965.
I had just turned two years old. Charisa wouldn’t be born for another 8 years.
After relentless work by Dr. Martin Luther King and others in the Civil Rights movement President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law which ensured that African Americans could exercise their right to vote in all states.
The US escalated involvement in the Vietnam War commiting 150,000 troops and Operation Rolling Thunder is launched.
The Ford Motor Company entered it’s first full year of production of the Mustang.
The Beatles began their their second tour in the USA.
Haile Selassie was in his 35th year as Emperor of Ethiopia.
A small community called Hache in Bensa, Sidama, Ethiopia became aware of the need for fresh clean water that would allow them to escape the ill effects of water borne bacteria and parasites.
In the 50 years since then so much has happened.
Haile was deposed by the military ushering in a socialist republic and the Red Terror that led to the killing or disappearnce of 100,000 people.
From the late 1970s through the 1980s famine and drought plagued Ethiopia’s northern regions leading to the relocation of 600,000 people to the south and the loss of an estimated one million people to starvation.
All the while the people in Hache were still in need of a fresh water supply.
A year ago Pastor Rob Spencer and I made the trek to visit the area and the site where the local families came to gather water. There was a well worn path through enset gardens and thick vegetation filled with the curious eyes of children watching as we made our way to the low lying area where water gathered. There were […]