Build victory gardens for 200 Ethiopian students

Dec 26, 2012

Tech adoption that will enlighten your holiday

Using clay pots to grow tomatoes
Using clay pots to grow tomatoes

Dear supporters and contirbuted,

I would like to share with you a spontanous adoption of the use of clay pots for sub-surface irrigation in the dry lands. I saw it in the project and it is my own picture. As you can see, one of our project partners have planted tomatoe on the side of the water filled clay pot that irrigates the apple tree. The tomatoe is clearly happy as it gets the water from clay pot directly to its roots as well as a 12-hour tropical sun-shine. When asked about this Hailu said that he now clearly understands the use of the water filled buried clay pot irrigaiton as an efficient and reliablewatering system in his arid village and will continue to grow vegetables to support his family. For Ato Hailu, this was an experiment and the result was success.

Please note that this is your money doing something good and putting sustainability on the ground in the most vulnerable parts of the world, the arid lands. Again, thank you for your continued support and please keep safe and happy during this Holiday season. We wish you a happy New Year!!!

This year was good as I spent 11 months in Ethiopia consulting the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency on environmental and climate related issues. It gave me an opportunity to look into the project. We almost finished the surface water harvesting system for the pilot demonstration project. We are only left to put cover on it (look at the pciture)

I am back to Colorado now and if any one wants to know more about the project please feel free email me at  

Surface water harvesting system almost completed
Surface water harvesting system almost completed

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Project Leader

Tsegay Wolde-Georgis

Boulder, CO United States

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