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.
Cradle of humanity, country of origin of coffee, rich culture and poor families. Over 100 million people live here: A visit to a contradictory country.
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:
In 2008, Menschen für Menschen started its integrated rural development project in the central Ethiopian highlands of Hagere Mariam. Environmental damage had led to ever greater poverty in this area and the situation for the local population looked increasingly desperate. Thanks to the loyal support of Swiss donors, more than 60,000 people were empowered to improve their difficult living conditions.
Soil erosion was one crucial problem in Hagere Mariam. The trees on the hillsides had been cut down and used for building houses or firewood. With no tree roots, the rain quickly ran off the hills, taking the topsoil with it. The result: hunger and even greater poverty. One goal set by Menschen für Menschen was to halt the erosion and increase the agricultural land. Using integrated rural development approaches, the foundation also supported the population in taking control of their own development step by step.
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