So…it was 14 years ago on a research trip that I met a 10-year-old shepherd I am calling Joy, in a very remote and idyllic place in rural Ethiopia. His day started at 6am to clear the barn and take the animals for grazing and water. He shared a drink from the same river and would down his lunch of roasted wheat grains and a piece of bread given by his kind employer. No idea where he is today. I still think of him but, meeting him changed things profoundly by raising my consciousness on childhood inequality! As a result, and with supporting friends, For-ethiopia (FE) was born.
For those of you that don’t know, FE is a small kitchen table trust and contributes to rural communities in Ethiopia to ensure children like Joy get a clean source of drinking water, mothers can come home safely with their new babies and it gives educational opportunities to rural girls and boys to access and continue schooling. The result is that there are more than 24 communities that have clean drinking water, we have many girls that have completed secondary school and even some graduating university (despite coming from a village with no secondary school), and, remote health posts are given solar refrigerators, training and more, significantly reducing the wastage of vaccines.
FE’s commitment is not to have a deficit approach about rural people/Ethiopia and to work in partnership and by acknowledging community resourcefulness. If you believe in social justice but, think the challenges are too many/beyond you, here is your chance, please support me and the team running the great Ethiopian run on the 26th November to continue our small contribution to bring social justice and love to the amazingly hardworking communities that happen to be challenged by environmental, economic and similar challenges. I promise you all the money you give us goes directly to FE projects as we are all entirely voluntary.
You might have noticed that I don’t appeal normally but seeing £37 only of my £1,000 target made me write this.
While I am at it, I also would like to invite all my friends to please consider becoming a permanent supporter of FE – please.
Thank you, Tigist x
Do you want to know more? Ethiopia is progressing on all fronts….but, we still have many challenges. For up-to-date data on the status of maternal and child mortality rate, education and water please start here Chapter 6 https://dhsprogram.com/pubs/pdf/FR328/FR328.pdf
‘under-5 mortality rate is 67 deaths per 1,000 live births, and the infant mortality rate is 48 deaths per 1,000 live births. This means that 1 in 15 children in Ethiopia dies before reaching age 5, and 7 in 10 of the deaths occur during infancy.’ (DHS 2016:123)
‘(one per 48 woman) would die before age 50 during pregnancy, childbirth, or within 2 months of childbirth’ (DHS 2016:252).