Consortium for Capacity Building (CCB), University of Colorado at Boulder

The CCB is an educational, outreach, and networking organization at the University of Colorado, Boulder. CCB focuses on enhancing the value and use of climate, water, and weather information for the betterment of societies and the well being of individuals around the world.
Dec 12, 2013

"We have started eating apples - Thanks to you!"

Hiwot, a 10the grader with her apple tree
Hiwot, a 10the grader with her apple tree

Dear supporters,

I recently visited the village and met with students watering the apples. They are highly motivated as the plants have begun to provide fruits. They were reporing to me that their trees have began to give fruit. They said that ttheir trees has produced lots of flowers and fruits. Some trees are carrying 20, 15, 8, 22 or more fruits.  This is the result of their work but also the fruit of your support. Many of the young boys and girls are asking when they will be getting additional seedlings. We have unleashed a new interest and I can do it attitude in the youth. Those who have who have apple trees are asking for more and those who do not want to try. We have distributed 500 apples  annually for the last three rainy seasons except for 2013. Please share information with your friends and your loved ones so that the momentum that we you have created can continue for a long time to come. Please accept the Happy Holidays and Best wishes from the kids, their families and us.Again, thank you for your continued support.

Please look at the pictures for more information.

These Kidanu kids are proud of their fruit
These Kidanu kids are proud of their fruit
Nice granny apples -:)
Nice granny apples -:)
A grape vine we planted is flourishing
A grape vine we planted is flourishing
Nice apples
Nice apples
another planting is starting to fruit
another planting is starting to fruit
Oct 1, 2013

Two types of water harvesting systems introduced

In Situ water harvesting percolation pond
In Situ water harvesting percolation pond

We are happy to report that two types of water harvesting systems were introduced during the rainy season of 2013 (June-Sept). The first completed was the surface water harvesting system (see picture) while the second one was an in situ one. The objective of the in situ water harvesting system was to increase the recharge of rainwater into the soil with the objective of increasing the water table and revitalizing a dying stream. The percolation pond was a little more than 300 cubic meters of pond. The rain water was collected in the pond. The traditional water harvesting pond was constructed with concrete at the pilot demonstration site to provide water all year round while the in situ water harvesting system has the objective of increasing the availability of the spring water so that women and children's burdon of collecting water by traveling for hourse can be reduced. Initial investigation during the beginning of the rainy season has improved the streams and we are getting reports now that there is rush of white stream water from the spring due to the percolotaion.

Again, thank you for your support. Please spread the word to your friends and family members so that our volunteers can continue to do this importnat work. We are being stressed with lack of money we will appreciate any ampount of donation to this project.

Thank you!

Surface water harvesting system completed in 2013
Surface water harvesting system completed in 2013
harvested water in the demonstration site
harvested water in the demonstration site
Jul 8, 2013

Students ready to plant new vegetable seeds

We visited the village and discussed the role of homestead gardens in increasing income and improved livelihood. The number of people in the discussion was more than 30 people including, a teacher and adults. Most of the students attend the Mugulat junior secondary school.

Seeds bought from the McGuckin Hardware store in Boulder (Colorado) were distributed to the students. In addition to the 18 students, additional 15 adults also received vegetable seeds. The students will grow seedlings in one plot and exchange seedlings and several varieties. 

The students committed themselves to use the buried clay pot irrigation system which saves precipitation.  A couple of people who will not use the super efficient water saving irrigation method (as was demonstrated by the high survival rate of the apple seedlings) were a couple of participants who live in the valleys with plenty of water.   

I want to take this opportunity to thank you, our supporters, for your generous support. We will appreciate your continue support in helping us mobilize more resources to further this important educational and development intervention in the dry lands. I will respond for any inquiries very gladly. Any additional support will provide highly needed purchase of inputs and contribute to sustainability. Thank you!

with vegetable seeds
with vegetable seeds

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