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MiiR® and Blue Bottle Coffee® have partnered with Splash® to fund a clean water project in Addis Ababa, the largest city in Ethiopia and one of the fastest growing urban areas in the world. Together we are dramatically improving the dignity, health and educational success of over 1,300 children and adults at Biruh Tesfa Kindergarten and Biruh Tesfa Primary School.

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Why Addis Ababa?

Addis Ababa is a major hub for coffee drinking, milling, roasting, exchange and exportation, including several of Blue Bottle’s single origins. As the largest city in Ethiopia, it’s also one of the fastest growing urban areas in the world.

Water scarcity and poor sanitation are a daily threat to the health and development of the 400,000 children attending Addis Ababa government schools. Diarrheal diseases are the second leading cause of child death in Ethiopia. It is estimated that over 80% of Addis Ababa’s population lives in slum districts with unreliable infrastructure and very limited access to adequate water and sanitation.

Splash will install:
  • One industrial-grade filtration system to serve both schools
  • New 5,000-liter reservoir tank to ensure continuous water availability
  • Two fiberglass drinking stations with 15 taps
  • Two fiberglass handwashing stations, placed near the dining hall and toilets
  • Rehabilitate existing toilets and conduct hygiene education program

While the intervention primarily targets children ages five to twelve, 93 adult staff will also benefit, as well as 260 adult students enrolled in an evening program with the goal of receiving their primary-level education.