Perched in the beautiful mountains of the Tigray region in Northern Ethiopia, Gonok is home to nearly 3,000 residents.
With no water sources in the village, Gonok residents must travel daily through a deep gorge to a small stream far from home. The water they collect is dirty and contaminated with animal waste.
located in the northernmost part of Ethiopia
Why We Chose Gonok
During our first visit to Gonok, Glimmer learned from the people here that the most pressing, immediate need is clean drinking water. Clean water close to home will help villagers stay healthier and allow children to spend more time in school.
We also saw that health care and education projects would greatly improve life in Gonok. When we first visited, health workers lacked a fully equipped health post with access to clean water and latrines. School children gathered under trees or in overcrowded classrooms with stick walls and dirt floors — conditions that hardly encouraged attendance. See our progress.
On many of Glimmer's visits to Gonok, we have joined the women and girls on their early morning walk for water down at the bottom of a steep gorge. Incredibly, they make this 45-min journey multiple times per day. On one trip, a woman from the village asked Glimmer's Founder, Donna Berber, "Do your children have clean water?" — highlighting the stark contrast to her own family's daily life.
We have been moved by this incredible community of resilient people. Despite having to travel long distances for many basic needs, they are joyful, kind and always immensely welcoming.
Meet the People: Letish
Like other girls and women in Gonok, 14-year Letish travels twice a day into a deep gorge far from her home to collect dirty water for her family. It takes 45 minutes over rough terrain to reach the water source, and on the way back Letish must carry a full, 40-pound jerry can uphill. Not far upstream from where she collects water, livestock contaminate it with waste. This lengthy journey makes it hard for Letish to attend school full time, if at all. She and girls like her will benefit immensely from the massive water project Glimmer is building in Gonok. Keep track of our progress.
Situated in the Tigray region, Gonok is tucked amongst the gorgeous peaks of the Ethiopian Highlands. Given its location in the tail of the Tigray, Gonok is close to both the Amhara region to the east and the Afar region to the west.
Far off to the east are the famous Simien Mountains, while closer to the north is Tigray’s historic capital of Mek’ele. The peaks and valleys that make Gonok beautiful also make it a challenging place to live, with tough terrain to be traversed in all directions.
We are so close to bringing clean water to Gonok thanks to the perseverance, creativity and commitment of the community and our local partners. Gonok is one of the most remote areas where Glimmer works, which creates unique... Continue Reading
Meet Birhan. She is a representative of the Tabia Women's Affairs Council in Gonok and a mother of two. Her oldest attends fifth grade at Genti Primary School, which was constructed by Glimmer in 2011. Birhan currently makes the... Continue Reading
Our work in Gonok
This year, Glimmer is finishing our work on a deep borehole well in Gonok that will provide water at mulitiple points across the entire village, including the village school and health post. This project is fully funded thanks to the support of many hundreds of donors!
We Met Our Goal!
The Glimmer community raised over $335,000 to build the deep borehole well in Gonok. The well and its community water points benefit more than 3,000 residents in the village.
Raised for this phase of work in Gonok Village
Completed Campaigns For Gonok Village
Our gratitude goes out to our past supporters!