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OUR VISION 

A WORLD WHERE EVERYONE HAS ACCESS TO SAFE AND CLEAN WATER 

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OUR STORY

WIHA ORG was founded during the global pandemic of 2020, by four friends with one common passion. As founders, we long to diligently work to alleviate the water crisis starting with our native country, Ethiopia. Having personal ties to Ankober, Ethiopia, where our first project is initiated, we are fueled by self-driven obligation to improve the lives of communities for our brothers and sisters in Ethiopia and other countries. 

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MEET THE FOUNDERS

 
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PRESIDENT

Serkalem is the owner and founder of HighKey Balance and has over 15 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. She holds a Bachelor from the George Mason University and is a licensed Sports Therapist and Health Coach. Serkalem believes her purpose is to serve and help people reach their true potential. As a first-generation Ethiopian-American, Serkalem is driven and determined in creating opportunities for underserved communities around the world. She believes that by working together we could overcome any challenges much more efficiently, and have a lasting impact on people's lives.

—  Serkalem Abdi, Co-Founder

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VICE PRESIDENT

Yelak is an innovator, and a problem-solver. He has over 15 years experience in sales and customer relations. Yelak participates in various volunteer work ranging from hunger to fair housing issues to bring awareness and change within his community. As much passion he has for business and customer service, his true passion is to help people under tough circumstances for a better future. Yelak believes access to safe water and sanitation is the answer to a brighter future in an effort to end the global water crisis. 

 

“Our origin began in Ethiopia, our journey took us overseas, and our purpose brought us back to our roots to rebuild it.” 

—  Yelak Fasil, Co-Founder

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TREASURER

Bersabeh is a public health professional with about 10 years of international development/health experience. She has worked in a range of global public health issues including childhood obesity and cancer, HIV and maternal and child health as well as immunization.  Bersabeh’s passion for water and sanitation is therefore ignited by her experience in providing public health services in low and  middle-income countries. She believes water and sanitation is an integral part of providing equity in health services across middle and low income countries. Bersabeh holds a Bachelor from the University of Virginia and a Master of Public Health from The George Washington University. 

— Bersabeh Medmim, Co-Founder

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SECRETARY

Mili holds a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology. She has seen firsthand the detrimental impact the lack of safety and physiological need can have on a community. Mili is passionate about empowering individuals by providing resources needed to create a better life for themselves as well as their next generation. She's hopeful that WIHA ORG can provide opportunities to not only meet basic needs but also make lasting impact on the lives of children and families.   

—  Mili Tilahun, Co-Founder