Water For A Village Inc (WFAV)

WFAV is a small Australian-based charity that provides clean fresh water to villages in the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia.

WFAV is different to many charities because:

  • it is apolitical
  • it is non-religious
  • all donations are spent only on providing water and NO donated money is spent on administration
  • the villagers build their own well under the guidance of a professional contractor and are paid for their work
  • committee members pay for all the costs associated with their activities including trips to Ethiopia
  • our one aim is to give clean fresh water – one village at a time

WFAV is overseen by a committee of four:

  • Catherine Wheatley – President
  • Peter Wheatley – Secretary
  • Brent Dawkins – Treasurer
  • Peter West – Communications


Each of the committee members has a strong ethical stance and the desire to do humanitarian work that has a direct impact on people who need help.  Peter Wheatley, Peter West and Brent Dawkins are all active in awareness raising, fund raising and administration of the organisation in Australia whilst Catherine provides feet on the ground in Ethiopia, takes the photos and writes the website.

The committee members do not receive any income from WFAV.  All of Catherine’s costs are covered by the Wheatleys’ personal finances.

Catherine seeks the consent of everyone prior to taking their photo.