Clinton (Washington) Residents Raise $800,000 for Clean Water in Ethiopia

Clinton (Washington) Residents Raise $800,000 for Clean Water in Ethiopia
 Clinton (Washington) Residents Raise $800,000 for Clean Water in Ethiopia

 Clinton (Washington) Residents Raise $800,000 for Clean Water in Ethiopia Tim and Harriet Arnold, center, previously traveled to Ethiopia for volunteer work in 2010. They were there to help rid the region of polio. Now, they’ve turned their attention toward providing clean water to rural communities. (PHOTO; South Whidbey Recor

Tim and Harriet Arnold of Clinton, WA will be traveling to Ethiopia to see their charitable efforts materialize. They’ve led an effort to construct a sanitized water system in the East African country.

By Kyle Jensen (South Whidbey Record) |

Some say one could throw a rock in any direction on Whidbey (in the State of Washington) and hit a nonprofit or charity.

Sometimes, that giving nature extends beyond America’s borders.

That’s the case with Clinton residents and altruists Tim and Harriet Arnold. The Arnolds are departing for Ethiopia on Thursday to see their charitable efforts materialize. They’ve led an effort to construct a sanitized water system in the East African country.

“It’s a huge water project,” Harriet Arnold said. “Our target is to make clean water accessible to 30,000 people. The sad thing is a lot of children die before their fifth birthdays because of waterborne diseases. It’s rampant.”

Tim Arnold spearheaded the effort to bring clean water to a rural area of Ethiopia. Constructed “about 100 miles north of Addis Ababa,” Ethiopia’s capital, Arnold and fellow altruists raised $800,000 to fund the project. The water system they’re installing will provide a sanitation system and a network of wells for rural communities. Previously, villagers were required to walk long distances to gather the day’s water.

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According to Harriet Arnold, people sometimes walked “two hours each way” to their clean water source. Even then, the water was muddy beyond the Arnolds’ belief.

“What they were getting from these wells and rivers looks like a mud puddle,” Harriet Arnold said. “At the same time, you’ll see kids are swimming in that same river and right above them, oxen and camels are standing in the water.”

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