Impact Trip Ethiopia 2020

We think it is unacceptable that 844.000.000 people still don’t have access to clean water and therefore lack a solid basis for a healthy and productive life. That needs to change today. Made Blue Foundation helps in a transparent, sustainable and effective way. In some communities people have to walk up to 6 hours a day to get water from a well that is often polluted. Sadly this time cannot be spent on going to school, finding a job or being nurtured. Health, the chance to go to school, finding a job: it all starts with water. By partnering up with Made Blue, i-team is able to invest water into developing countries and provide a sustainable living for many people all over the world. From the 5th till the 9th of February 2020 Made Blue will travel to Ethiopia with their ambassadors. During this impact trip they will show how we spend our donations to Made Blue. Niels van der Sanden will represent i-team Global on the trip to Ethiopia.

Made Blue Foundation

MADE BLUE Foundation invests in clean water projects from selected local implementing partners. By scaling best-performing interventions MADE BLUE makes as much clean water permanently available in those areas where people lack access to clean water.

The project: Making Water Everybody's Business (MWEB)

From 2016 Made Blue has been investing in the project "Making water everybody’s business". In order to let ambassadors personally experience the impact of this investment in this Amref Flying Doctors project, they will visit various places in Ethiopia where access to clean drinking water has been realized by this project called MWEB in short. During the trip they will also meet Amref colleagues in Africa, meet the population and talk to entrepreneurs about economic empowerment. Next to this specific project they will also meet The Solid Waste Collectors and Moyee Coffee.

The often unplanned, but rapid urbanization in Ethiopia has led to overcrowded, poorly built slums. It is dirty, unsafe, and people survive by the day. There is a lack of basic facilities such as clean drinking water. The result is that women and girls have to get water from far, because that is their job. There are also hardly any sanitary facilities. Residents discharge their need and waste everywhere and nowhere. Few know how important hygiene is. Many elderly people and children fall ill or die unnecessarily.       
                                                                                                                        The local government would like a solution but has only limited budgets. Moreover, it does not have sufficient knowledge and the policy is not properly implemented. The starting point of Amref is to strengthen cooperation between the communities, local authorities and the local business community. In addition, the slum residents learn through information campaigns and training how they can set up and manage good facilities such as drinking water points, toilets and showers. They also learn to point out responsibilities to the local government.

Women and young people in particular are supported by employment creation trough management of these services. The financial support from Made Blue benefits Amref Flying Doctors’ successful
approach to clean drinking water for residents of slums and schools. With the support of the local government and local entrepreneurs, Made Blue sets up common, public water supplies. Here people can get safe drinking water for a small fee. Made Blue also sets up WASH committees that manage the facilities. This allows people to improve their living conditions and income themselves. Together with local entrepreneurs Made Blue builds water points, toilets and showers, so that residents can have a hygienic and healthy life. They will also train stakeholders, educate people and educate entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are needed for maintenance of water points, toilets and showers, collecting and processing waste and supplying parts.

Summarizing: with this 5-year program Made Blue and Amref aim to:

• Provide training and information on hygiene to
residents of slums and children in schools;
• Create and expand facilities for clean drinking
water and sewage in slums and schools using
local partners;
• Motivate and support women and young
people to successfully set up and maintain
businesses around clean water, sanitation and
• Train and support government personnel for
better management of water and sanitation
services, cooperation with industry, and the
involvement of citizens in decision-making.

The programme

Wednesday February 5: Amsterdam -> Addis Ababa
• 13:00 Gathering at Schiphol Airport
• 16:05 Flying from Schiphol to London Heathrow
• 17:00 Dinner at London Heathrow
• 20:15 Flight from London to Addis Ababa

Thursday, February 6: Addis Ababa -> Awash
• 7:00 am Arrival and meeting our guests from Castalie and Arion
• 7:30 am Pickup from the airport by Amref Ethiopia
• 8:30 am Welcome at Amref office by Misrak Makonnen, country director
• 9:00 am Overview of Amref Health Africa-Ethiopia portfolio and MWEB
• 10:00 am Security briefing
• 11:00 am Visit to the Kechene Addis Ababa slum with public WASH facility
• 12:00 am Meeting with the Solid Waste Collectors.
• 1:30 pm Lunch at traditional restaurant Dashen Terara.
• 2:30 pm Roadtrip to the town of Awash (3h00)
• 6:00 pm Dinner and check-in at Genet hotel in Awash

Friday, February 7: Awash -> Adama -> Addis Ababa
• 7:00 am Meet in the lobby and departure
• 7:30 am Visit MWEB project in Awash – WASH Kiosk
• 8:30 am Travel to Metahara
• 9:30 am Visit water project in Metahara
• 10:30 am Travel to Adama
• 12:00 am Lunch in Adama – Adama Lion
• 1:00 pm Visit school WASH Facility supported by MWEB project
• 2:30 pm Visit WASH Kiosks (public + communal)
• 5:30 pm Check-in at the Ayu International Hotel and dinner

Saturday, February 8: Addis Ababa -> Amsterdam
• 7:00 am Debrief at breakfast
• 8:00 am Visit water point
• 9:00 am Travel from Adama to Addis Ababa
• 10:00 am Visit to Moyee Coffee with tour and talk about FairChain business
• 0:30 pm Lunch at Lucy’s Lounge together with Misrak Makonnen
• 2:00 pm Optional visit to National Museum with the oldest person: Lucy
• 2:00 pm Leisure time in the afternoon
• 6:00 pm Joint dinner at 2000 Habesha, around Bole
• 8:00 pm Travel to airport and goodbye to Castalie and Arion
• 11:50 pm Flight back to to Amsterdam via Frankfurt
• 8:15 am Sunday arrival (10h25)