As a student Hermella, like so many, always took for granted access to clean water, and could not imagine that so many Ethiopians were deprived of clean water. But having travelled and seen first-hand people fighting over unclean water, she decided to create an initiative to solve the issue. Hermella set up her own NGO – Help for a Drop of Water (Now DOW) in April of 2009 to help people in the forgotten parts of Ethiopia have access to clean water. To date she has installed over 33 wells giving access to 24,750 people.
In addition she ran a campaign around Mekelle University, Northern Tigray Regional State of Ethiopia, educating over 12,600 students about water safety and training over 100 students on water safety planning.
Last updated: 25 June 2018