The İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İBB) and the Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency (TİKA) have completed a 15-month project in Ethiopia that has resulted in the drilling of 42 water wells.
The project was initiated when an e-mail describing water shortages in Ethiopia was sent to İstanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş two years ago. TİKA, the İstanbul Chamber of Commerce (İTO), the Ethiopian Ministry of Water Resources and the İBB [collaborated to identify] the places most in need of water. The İBB covered the technical aspects of the project, the drilling of wells and the training of workers in the region. Charities supported by businessmen provided funding.
Seven workers, three of whom are Turkish and the rest Ethiopian, worked on the project in Mekele and Harrar.
Source: Today’s Zaman, 18 Jun 2009