Glimmer recently caught up with our local construction partner in Gonok, the Relief Society of Tigray (REST), to check in on progress with the deep borehole water project.

We know that community involvement builds ownership, and loved seeing how the Gonok community is doing their part— providing physical labor as well as collecting small per-person project fees. Supervised by REST water technicians, residents were excavating trenches for pipes and collecting large rocks that will serve as construction materials for the new reservoir. So far, more than 200 residents have participated in the work, and the Gonok community as a whole has contributed around 6,000 Ethiopian Birr (approximately $285 USD) toward the project.

The next phase of work will include construction of the pipeline and reservoir, which will be handled by REST's technicians.