Safe water scarce in Gelan Idero

It’s World Water Day on March 22nd, and this post highlights Gelan Idero’s long-standing challenges accessing clean, safe water.  The lack of easily-accessible and safe drinking water and the long distances and waits at to water sources, creates risks for women and girls especially, and continues to have a negative effect on children, women and […]

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Desperate health realities in Gelan Idero

Until recently, it was possible for the people of Gelan Idero to walk – or, if very ill, to be carried on stretcher, or by horse or mule back or horse cart – 10 kilometres to the nearest health post.  But no longer.

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Learning in a different language

In our last post you heard about the alternate basic education (ABE) centre, which is the only educational facility for children living in Gelan Idero. This month, we’re introducing you to Fekadu Dabi Haile – an enthusiastic, 29-year-old teacher at the ABE Centre in Gelan Idero since it opened in 2005.

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ABE is only option for Gelan Idero’s school children

If you’ve been reading this blog, you know that one of Gelan Idero’s primary challenges is primary schooling for their children. There is no official school for formal primary education in the community, but there is one alternate basic education (ABE) centre which offers the only option to the community’s 250 children between the ages […]

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A virtual visit to Gelan Idero (new pics!)

Children attend an Alternative Basic Education school near Gelan Idero.   This month, we bring you a new set of photos from Gelan Idero taken by CFTC’s Program Manager, Amboka Wameyo, who visited in September 2012.  Although Gelan Idero is just 40 km from Addis, the rain and the difficult roads meant it took the […]

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Making Ethiopia’s national dish – injera – in Gelan Idero

Injera, also known as Ethiopian flatbread, is part of Ethiopia’s traditional cuisine. It’s the perfect way to scoop up delicious spicy sauces, meats and vegetables that are the mainstay of Ethiopian cuisine.  Injera is typically made with the grain teff, whose name means “lost” because each grain is so small. Teff is an important crop […]

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Heavy rains help and hamper farmers in Gelan Idero

Locally, they are known as the Kremt or the long, heavy rains. And right now, they are preventing our team from visiting Gelan Idero as planned! Spanning June to the end of August, the Kremt brings much-needed water for crop production and cultivation across Ethiopia, but also many challenges to village life. For one, transportation grinds to […]

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A big welcome from your country rep!

Hi, my name’s Gebriel and I’m really thrilled to be part of this innovative project that seeks to link one of our communities with our generous donors in Canada through regular blog posting. THANK YOU for joining us as a Village Sponsor – your assistance will create a better future for poor and marginalized children, […]

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