Menschen für Menschen Switzerland is focused on stopping impoverishment in towns and rural areas
and on creating livelihood opportunities.
There are several ways you can help people in Ethiopia. Here you will find all donations with concrete examples.
To stimulate lasting and sustainable change in rural areas, Menschen für Menschen works on the principle of “integrated rural development projects”. Together with the local people, who contributed high levels of commitment and effort, activities from various areas that are necessary for sustained development were implemented and linked together:
The district of Asagirt is situated on the eastern edge of the central Ethiopian highlands. Huge fluctuations in rainfall here made it very difficult to grow crops. As a result of deforestation and intensive farming, the already meager rainfall was washing the soil away, resulting in erosion. Traditional farming methods meant the agricultural productivity was low. The picture was similar for livestock, which produced little income. Unclean drinking water caused widespread disease.
There were only four outpatient health centers and an outpatient clinic at the start. And even they didn’t have the facilities and medication to cope. And there were just a few primary schools in the beginning, spread across the whole district and mostly in poor condition. With some children walking up to five hours to the next school, very few went regularly to school. Most communities had no roads to connect them making social facilities such as schools and health centers difficult to reach across steep mountain paths.
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