Saturday, March 27, 2010

Integrated Sustainable Development through women in East Africa!

   The poverty eradication by 2015, as explained in Millennium Development Goals of United Nations for Ethiopia, is only a non-meditated wish! Talking is very simple, but making it reality it needs great human efforts! It requires vision, dedication and the commitment that should be conveyed to the poor masses in the rural Ethiopia. East Africa can be developed only by educating the poor. It is also true for the entire Africa.

    The poverty in Africa is related to the condition of the rural masses that are no lesser than hungry savages. What is the solution for uplifting them? Donations and projects of millions can do nothing as long as the greedy mediators swallow 70 percent of the money! Free food and free money can spoil the uneducated masses, women and youth. The youth will have the tendency to get satisfied by the small food for work programs and they develop laziness, and attitude towards pleasure seeking mechanisms, and turn out be real beasts.

   The place of implementation is Adigrat City in Tigray State of Northern Ethiopia, having total population of 96000 in an area of 1877.46 hecters. The Adigrat City Administration has certified to start an Integrated Sustainable Development project to help the rural women farmers who have suffered severe food insecurity from recent year’s climate variation. The project is sponsored by Dr. Rajeevan himself from his own salary. It is an individual effort and conviction, that simple and committed mechanisms can make changes in the lives of rural communities!

    The project was started on 17th February 2010 and consists of the selection of 25 families who will be supported with regular income generating, sustainable livelihood mechanism. On 16th March 2010, five families out of the twenty five families have been given two high breed hens to develop a home-based poultry production. These five women will earn from the selling of eggs, selling of chicks, also will have some daily nutrition. When they get the first production of chicks they will donate two hens each to the local authority and it will be given to other five families and they continue to produce eggs and chick and earn on daily basis.

Mr. Goitom (Manager 04, Kebele, Adigrat) donating the hen!
              Dr. Rajeevan donating the hen!
      The 25 women are divided into different groups, known as Self-Reliant Groups (SRGs) who will develop this sustainable livelihood mechanism, which involves microfinance which saves the money and it will provide the money for the development of pre-primary and adult education, water and sanitation, health facilities and employment to the educated youth. Mr. Goitom Teklu, Manager, Kebele (village) 04, Adigrat City and Mr. Haftu Kidane (SSecretary, Sustainable Africa Initiative, a non-registered NGO) continuously monitor the progress and control the microfinance system and the delivery of other facilities, together with Dr. Rajeevan.

   The project is an attempt to change the concepts of the international organizations like United Nations and other bodies also about the rural population itself! Other mechanisms like dairy farming, cotton weaving (as in Gujarat in India), and other possible mechanisms which can bring sustainability and development through self-reliance and hard work by the women, who are the fore-front runners of rural family development. It is only through self-reliance we can bring changes into the lives of rural populations in Africa, and particularly in Ethiopia and there by empowering the Ethiopian rural community through self-reliant sustainable livelihood mechanisms!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Educate the Rural Ethiopia for Sustainability and Climate Change Adaptation!

   Climate change is an inevitable result of the world's most developed nations' extreme pleasure seeking and comfort seeking methods and mechanisms of life! The impact of the same is now sharing by almost all parts of the world! In that sense, Africa may be the end receivers while they have suffered the climate change of the globe without doing any direct contribution to it!
    Still the local variation in climate in each country is very important and the change in the climate pattern can be adapted if, individual efforts are carried out more systematically and with much responsibility to the ecology and the environment of the system they live.
     The very reason for all kinds of suffering is lack of education, and hence, the need for a more ethical, moral and life supporting education should be a part of the developmental mechanism. The importance to allocate more funds for the rural population, for their education, sustainable livelihood development, etc. should be the top priority of any government.
     Sustainable Africa Initiative (SAI) is non-registered Non-governmental organization based in Mekelle in the Tigray Regional State in Ethiopia. The organization is started by few Ethiopian youngsters such as Haileselassie, Adhonom, Haftu Kidane, etc., by the support of advises and directions of Dr. Rajeevan Moothal of Mekelle University, Ethiopia. The organisation is presently involved in educating the Aynalem village mothers and their children who are studying in Elementary School at Aynalem. Mr. Adhonom, the Director of the Aynalem Comp Elementary School supports and welcomes this program as an important support for the village children and also of their mothers.
    The support of SAI to the Aynalem village mothers and their children includes in delivering a basic environmental education for keeping their home clean and to train them to safely dispose the waste materials and also to utilize the organic waste for recycling to produce organic fertilizers, etc. The classes have been conducted to create more responsibility and awareness among Aynalem mothers to make their efforts to improve the quality of learning and also the personal cleanliness of their children.

Man-making, life-building education for rural children,
youth and women can only save Ethiopia and Africa!
    The importance of breast feeding and the nutritious food to their children have been explained in deatil. SAI is patiently waiting for more funding and the registration of the organization through the support of local and other international funding agencies and donors. The environmental education to the mothers, children and also to the school teachers will be conducted during the first week of February and the children, particularly orphans of the school will be supported with the old dresses collected through SAI's Old Dress Collection Program to save the waste accumulation and also to adapt the climate change effects that will be resulted from such waste deposition.