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People living in the Kechene neighborhood of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia

Photo: Brian Abeel/Boeing

People living in the Kechene neighborhood of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia now have access to clean water supplies near their homes because of Boeing's support for a nonprofit's project to build water and sanitation kiosks.

Boeing helps build stronger communities in Ethiopia

Last winter, Boeing manager Brian Abeel’s trip to Ethiopia brought together his professional and philanthropic interests.

Abeel, director of Financial Accounting in Boeing Commercial Airplanes, participated in a delivery flight from Seattle of Ethiopian Airlines’ new Boeing 777-200LR. While in Ethiopia he visited two nonprofits that are using Boeing charitable grants to improve access to clean water and health care.

"It was a remarkable thing to see, and it made me proud to be part of the company that chose to fund these projects," Abeel said.

In the Kechene community, a $60,000 grant to the AMREF (African Medical and Research Foundation) is being used to build water and sanitation kiosks that provide clean water storage as well as shower and toilet facilities.

kiosks that provide clean water storage for the community

Photo: Brian Abeel/Boeing

In partnership with the African Medical and Research Foundation, Boeing support helped build kiosks that provide clean water storage for the community. Brian Abeel, a Boeing employee, (far left) is photographed with community residents.

“Before the kiosks, typically it was women who were responsible for collecting water; they would have to travel long distances on poor roads, risking injury and assault. Now they don’t have to make that trip,” Abeel said.

Abeel also visited CURE Ethiopian Children’s Hospital in Addis Abbaba. At CURE, a $22,500 grant from Boeing supports a program called “Good Health, Safe Water” that provides mothers of children receiving care at the hospital with the knowledge, skills and tools to foster good hygiene in their families.

“It was a remarkable thing to see, and it made me proud to be part of the company that chose to fund these projects,” Abeel said.

Boeing donates about $13 million worldwide for such health and human services efforts. For more about Abeel’s visit and about corporate citizenship at Boeing click here.