Empress Mentewab School
Water is available most of the year in Dib Bahir. Sometimes it is rationed towards the end of the dry season (April and May), when the reservoir at the top of the escarpment is low.
The iron water pipes from the reservoir to Dib Bahir were laid by the Italians during their occupation of Ethiopia (1936-41). There was a camp at Dib Bahir, partly for military purposes but also because of the construction of the road from Aksum to Gondar.
When water is plentiful, the children are able to enjoy water play daily. To minimise the risk of disease transmission, they wash their hands with soap and water before playing.
The Infants learn about volume through water play - full up, half full, a quarter full, empty, and so on.
Kate recycles plastic bottles from her home by using them at the school for water play. However, there is a need for water toys such as boats, watering cans and plastic fish, and these cannot be purchased locally.
To send water play toys to the school, see GIVE.