It took volunteers five years of planning and fundraising, as well as securing matched funding, to raise enough for 12 hand-dug wells, with the help of the rotary club.

A Bideford rotarian has spent five years fundraising to supply clean drinking water to more than 2,000 people in Ethiopia.

John Edwards, of Bideford Rotary Club, first visited the country with his partner Sue Mark-Antonio in 2010.

He said: “Clean drinking water is something it’s all too easy for us to take for granted.

“Installation of water wells and associated sanitation and hygiene facilities will dramatically improve the health and wellbeing of these Ethiopian villagers and we are so pleased we are able to help.

“It is simply the most essential and fundamental first step on their path to self-sufficiency.”

It took John and Sue five years of planning and fundraising, as well as securing matched funding, to raise enough for 12 hand-dug wells, with the help of the rotary club.

The wells will be in the Wuchale and Jida district, north of the capital Addis Ababa.

John and Sue’s dream became a reality with the help of Ethiopian charity Sustainable Natural Resource Management Association (Sunarma).

After presenting a cheque to the charity, John will now continue his fundraising for four new wells, but the first can now be built.

Find out more about Sunarma’s work at www.sunarma.org.