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Chuko Weyama Village

This village of 2,200 rests in the verdant plains of Ethiopia’s Southern Region. Throughout the village, there are banana trees and small springs and creeks. Unfortunately, these springs are often contaminated with waste and bacteria, making clean water projects essential for Chuko.

Southern Region
located in the southwest corner of Ethiopia
Sugar Cane

Village Culture

Located firmly within the earth’s tropic band, Chuko is green beyond measure. Like most Ethiopian villages, Chuko is a farming town. But the crops in Chuko are different from those in the rest of the country; rather than farming fields of sugar cane, villagers tend banana and berry trees. They also care for their livestock, mostly cows and donkeys.

Residents live in circular stick huts with thatch roofs. Daily life is demanding, yet despite the trying circumstances they often face, the villagers' demeanors mirror their beautiful climate.

Why We Chose Chuko

When we first came to Chuko, waterborne illness was rampant. Numerous springs and creeks run through the town, but they are shared with livestock and filled with waste and bacteria. 

Even if these streams were clean, they don’t hold enough water to meet the village’s needs. Women and girls were walking long distances every day in seach of other water sources, which were often also contaminated. To improve their health and allow more time for girls to spend in school, the villagers clearly needed clean water close to home. See our progress.

September 9, 2013

Clean Water in Chuko!

Clean water is flowing in Chuko! Four community water points are already providing this village with access to clean water for the first time. And we’re not done yet. Right now, we are building a second reservoir and six... Continue Reading

October 29, 2012

Construction Is Underway

The people of Chuko are closer than ever to having clean water! Glimmer supporters recently visited the project to see the progress. Check out this video for a first-hand look at how this project is unfolding.

December 2, 2011

Drilling in Chuko

The drilling in Chuko was a huge success! Once we reached the water table, we learned that the volume of available water was nearly double what we were expecting. This is great news because it means we can expand the scope of... Continue Reading

January 21, 2011

Hope for Chuko

Glimmer is taking on an ambitious project to bring clean water to the people of Chuko! When one of Glimmer’s dedicated supporters learned about the great need in Chuko, she took on the challenge to support this important... Continue Reading


We are grateful to Glimmer donor Julie Neal for championing the fundraising efforts for Chuko! Scroll down to see the campaigners who have helped transform life in this village.

To learn how Glimmer lifts women and children out of extreme poverty in Ethiopia, explore more villages where we work.

Completed Campaigns For Chuko Weyama Village

Our gratitude goes out to our past supporters!

Dig Deep
Julie Neal
Outman's Dig Deep
Michelle Outman
Throw a Lifeline, Build a Pipeline!!
Pirates Dig Deep
Branson High School
Valenti Dig Deep
valenti dig deep
Water for Ethiopia
Stryker Family
Make Change, Give Water
Eynard Family
Clean Christmas
Jill Coen
Art for Africa
Amy Carroll
The Hoying Water Project
Kathryn's campaign for Chuko!
Kathryn Yeager
Living Water Event
Michelle Outman
Help Raise Money for Dig Deep!
Dig Deep Darlings
Michelle Outman
The WEDDING of Bob Jones and Susan Thompson
Michelle Outman
Ashley Hunt
Drips of Hope
Silas' Birthday!
Jill Coen
Support for Wedding - Bob Jones and Susan Thompson