It was an honor to host representatives from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation at a meeting on April 17, followed by a field trip from April 18-21 to the intervention sites of MWA-Ethiopia.
On April 17, guests from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, including Vice President Marc Holley, Senior Program Officer for Safe Water Nabil Chemaly, and Director of Legacy Initiatives Sarah Smith, met with MWA and Country Directors of MWA member organizations. This gathering allowed for fruitful discussions on the ongoing Sustainable WASH Program (SWP), implemented in the Amhara Region across three districts: Dera, Farta, and North Mecha. In addition, the MWA team presented the results achieved so far with the support of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation since 2004, as well as ideas for the next phase of the program beyond the current SWP, which runs from April 2019 to March 2024.
From April 18 to 21, Nabil Chemaly continued with site visits to the three districts, accompanied by MWA member organizations. During these visits, a selection of sites was toured in each district, and discussions were held with beneficiaries, local government officials, and staff from MWA implementing partners working at the field level.
On the final day, the progress of the SWP was presented and discussed. Nabil Chemaly shared his reflections on the field visits and highlighted focus areas for program development and intervention that the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation prioritizes.