OXFAM CANADA - HUNDEE (Ethiopia)

ABCD Project Report

Funded by the Stamp Program of Oxfam Canada


Background:

Partnership between HUNDEE and Oxfam Canada began in 1998 when Hundee was a few years old as an organization. Since then, Oxfam Canada has been financing different development and human rights education projects and providing skill training to Hundee staff on various thematic issues. As part of its continuous support to HUNDEE projects, Oxfam Canada has been financing "Walmara-Ejere Cereal Banks, Civic Education, Environmental Rehabilitation, and Women and Older Persons' Economic Support Consolidation Project". More recently, Oxfam Canada and Hundee have been partners in the Asset-based Community development program, along with 3 other partners. The Stamp Program funding of $15,000 in 2007 was used to consolidate the community action plans in the communities where Hundee supports the use of the ABCD approach. Thanks to funding ($15,000) from the Stamp Program in 2007..…

 

Hundee was able to support:

In Ethiopian Birr
CAD$
Organizational and Material support to target :
Mulo Kersa community
Koka Negeo Community
Selka Bekeye (Bale) community
Beshi (Borecho) community
Ilala Gojo community
Ilu Aga community

27,000.00
27,000.00
23,000.00
18,000.00
9,000.00
9,000.00

3,600.00
3,600.00
3,066.67
2,400.00
1,200.00
1,200.00
Total 113,000 15,066.67

Project Goal:
Transformed development orientations of target communities from the process that considers local people as recipients of development services to one that inspires communities to play an active role as citizens, and take responsibilities in driving their own development processes.


Project Objective:
Empowerment of local people and their community associations and institutions to initiate, drive and own of their own community development processes, set their priorities, and address them starting with their assets and local resources.

Project Achievements:

Ilu aga community: has identified a reforestation and irrigation as priority focus. In looking at the scarcity and erosion of natural environment, the community realized that much of that negative change came out of their own practice of cutting wood for fuel, not managing water resources properly. They realized this was a high priority for them now as well as for the future of their children and decided that no development action would be sustainable if they did not tackle that problem first. So far the community groups have managed to plant tree seedlings in the near by hillsides, working in work teams of citizens on a rotating basis.

Illala Gojo: has identified road construction, irrigation, improvement of productivity, dairy, livestock fattening, poultry and reforestation as priorities. So far the community groups have mobilized work force to start addressing those areas.

Bale: the community has identified school building upgrading and road construction as a priority in its vision, because the access to school and the conditions for students and teachers in the degraded buildings are not conducive to learning .There has been progress on upgrading the school, and accordingly 9 new classrooms were constructed using local materials. There is progress in talks with government regarding the conversion of an elementary school into a high school (negotiation is around the availability of high school teachers from the government). They have made some planning toward the road construction project and around access to drinking water, but a long rainy season this year (June to September) has delayed both activities. They are now getting to start implementation of these, and looking for external support.

Koka Negeo: the community has identified irrigation as priority focus .Two women groups initiated by the women association joined the ABCD process and have already started harvesting water for collective vegetable production.

Borecho: the community has identified livestock fattening and saving and credit scheme as a priority focus. Since then, the number of members in each savings group has doubled. They have also planned to take up some environmental activities (after January). Fattening was also identified by the community as important - 30 members started with 42 oxen, and were able to sell at a high profit after fattening the animals.

Mulo: the community also identified the need to improved productivity in its agricultural activities (irrigation, livestock fattening and dairy farming) and access to potable water as priorities. Four out of the thirteen women in the core group have started backyard irrigation activities, including planting potatoes, tree seedlings and onions which can get good price on the market. One person earned more than 1800 Et birr (about $ 215,00 CAD) by selling eucalyptus tree seedlings. Others sold 12 quintal of potatoes for 480 Birr. ($ 58.00). this has more than doubled their previous income. Based on these results, setting up proper irrigation systems for backyard productions has been identified now as a priority so households can increase the size of production area.

Overall community mobilizing:
In each of the selected communities a core group of people formed and is providing leadership in the realization of the collective action plan and mobilization of resources (labour , local material and cash contribution); smaller groups are created based on specific interests or areas of work identified as priorities, workgroups are organized to tackled collective issues such as large community-wide reforestation.

A final Thank You note:

HUNDEE and Oxfam Canada wish to thank sincerely the dedicated volunteers of the Stamp program for their enormous contribution to the achievements of the goals set by those communities. This support encouraged the communities in their initiatives and reliance, and gave a boost to women, men and youth who have a vision and just need some external help to get into action.

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