Farmers in the Gambella Region of Ethiopia are suffering greatly due to the spread of Guinea worm disease and river blindness, which has been killing people for some time, as a result of the lack of clean drinking water, and the contamination in the pools of the Gambella Region.

While the Carter Center and the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health have been working for decades to eliminate guinea worm disease, river blindness and lymphatic filariasis among agricultural workers by spreading awareness, modifying behavior, and providing the necessary medication.

Despite the contamination of most of the water sources in Gambella, there was a farm that was not affected by the disease called (Saif Commercial Farm, where water is pumped from this hole dug by humans and transported by truck to irrigation stations for workers in the fields.

There the water is filtered with the aim of removing water fleas that may carry larvae guinea worm. Then the workers are also provided with personal pipe filters that farmers carry on their shoulders.

But Maul's farm was so badly infested that the owner of Maul's farm asked Adhom to let him work with a team to prevent guinea worm, as there are eighty-one holes and irrigation ponds of various sizes on the large farm and a large stagnant water canal nearby.

These water sources are perfect breeding grounds for Guinea worm disease, and there are more than thirty other ponds in hard-to-reach forest areas.

Adhom took it upon himself to clean the ponds of guinea worm larvae, and established a group (twenty-six of them work during the rainy season and ten during the dry season) and began treating all these water sources with calculated amounts of one of the chemicals donated by BASF, a chemical that kills guinea worm larvae.

Adhom has also developed and maintained an organized periodical calendar to ensure that each water source is treated every 28 days.

Of course, the task of the team was very difficult and dangerous, as the canal is teeming with crocodiles, the forests are crammed with snakes, and the lions are wandering in the camp. “It is a very hard work but I will stick to it until the end,” Adhom said.

Although he was working as a volunteer against Guinea worm in his village, he agreed to go to the farm to do the job. "But I am here and I will stay until they call me back to the village," he said.

Thus, Adhom set the most wonderful examples of volunteer work, and wrote an inspiring success story for all young people in Ethiopia, which shows strong will and hard work for the community health and their safety.