History of Us

The organization was founded by the name "The Well Foundation" in Holland in 2003 by two Dutch citizens, Henk and Henny Jansen. The Foundation came into existence as the result of the founders' experience in Northern Ethiopia, namely, Tigray, where they saw heartbreaking situation of communities, especially mothers, struggling with critical water problem. This experience gave birth to the vision of the Founders to commit their own wealth to improving access to clean water for women in the area.

From 2003 to 2016, it operated in Tigray Region, Ethiopia, as a foreign foundation committed to charity activities. In 2016, following the death of the Principal Founder, Mr. Henk, the Foundation changed its status from foreign-based foundation to an Ethiopian Charity Organization, and was renamed as "The Well in Action."

TWA has been working in Ethiopia for the last 14 years. It has been partnering and cooperating with local and international development actors, and received grants and financial support from more than 11 local and international agencies for its rural and community development interventions.

Our Works

Water and Sanitation

The Well in action is bringing clean drinking-water to remote communities in Ethiopia by installing wells and modern hand-pumps. Each of our wells supports the daily needs of 50-150 of households.

Agricultural Production

We teach men and women farmers improved techniques of crop production; soil and pest management using organic methods; and animal breeding and husbandry using our model farmers.

Fish Farming

We are planning to launch a fish-farm at Mydimu Lake, 15km from Shire. The lake covers more than six hectares and has been stocked with edible fish. We are organizing farming cooperative to manage the resource.

What We Have Done So Far

Recent Events

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Fish Farming Project
From Aug2020 | sep2020
We are planning to launch a fish-farm at Mydimu Lake, 15km from Shire. The lake covers more than six hectares and has been stocked with edible fish. We are organizing farming cooperative to manage the resource, as well as retail businesses for marketing.
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Water For Society Project
From Aug2020 | sep2020

One of the public sanitation facilities going to be installed by The Well In Action (TWA)

As with the drinking-water wells, the communities take ownership of the new sanitation facilities. Our local qualified staff instruct on good hygiene practice and maintenance. But it is communities who ultimately oversee the running of utilities.

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Fish Farming Project
From Aug2020 | sep2020
We are planning to launch a fish-farm at Mydimu Lake, 15km from Shire. The lake covers more than six hectares and has been stocked with edible fish. We are organizing farming cooperative to manage the resource, as well as retail businesses for marketing.

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