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 15, 2014

VG project beginning to benefit participants but needs sustainable capacity building support

the in situ water harvesting system is still wet
the in situ water harvesting system is still wet

Dear supporters,

Greetings. I hope all is well with you and your loved ones during this holiday season.

I recently travelled to the village of Atebes, taking another opportunity that took to Ethiopia. I visited the victory garden project on Saturday, November 29. I interacted with the participants and learned both the positive developments and the things that requir for sustainability. Many respondents that I met said that they are beinning to harvest apple fuits. The number of fruits harvested rainged from 20 to 180 fruits. This is an outstanding achievement thanks to your support and the dedication of the  articipants and our volunteers. In 2010 no one has even seen an apple tree or fruit and after 4 years people have began to eat the fruits. We plan to give awareness on marketing opportunities in 2015 so that the expected surplus is sold in the market. 

The other issues we observed include bird attackes that have destroyed the fruits even before they are ripe.  We plan to search ways to protect the plants from birds using both traditonal and moder ways in 2015.

We observed the availability of water from the various water harvesting systems.  All families we talked to stated that they did not travel to the remote valleys to collect water due to the revitalized streams.  An important promising development is the new focus by the local government in watershade mangement in the village including terracing and afforestation.This are very positive developments that can contribute to sustainability if they are fully implemented.

Some of the constraints we observed include lack of fruit tree management such as pruning as well access to the market. The apples need to be pruned and this requires additional follow up and continued training. We can also inject sustainability by introducing market information thorough training.  

The bushes are invading the apple trees in the demonstration site due to neglect tied to the lack of incentives by the guards. Many individuals who did receive apple seedlings prevously  are also requesting and the potential for expansion is huge.

YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT WILL MAKE THIS GREAT GREEN PROJECT SUSTAINABLE. WE LOOK FORWARD FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT. (HAPPY HOLIDAYS:) THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

gabion wires bought by the project are installed
gabion wires bought by the project are installed
VG project water harvesting system full of water
VG project water harvesting system full of water
Selam drying the clothes she washed
Selam drying the clothes she washed
Sep 16, 2014

Growing seedlings to earn and spread fruit tree

Dear Supporters,

Greetings. I hope you all have a great summer. 

We are trying to connect our project participants with other similar development activities in the area. Recently, we had preliminary dicussion with a ICRAF/Ethiopia on the potential of training our project participants on how to grow seedlings so that they can sell to farmers in neighboring villages and increase their income. When the project materializes they will get additional and quick source of income. The innovation of growing fruit trees in dry areas will also spread to other villages leading to the improvement of their food security and sustainability.

The goal of fund raising to complet out project is not yet achieved. We are counting on your continued support to accomplish out objectives. Thank you very much.

Jun 16, 2014

CU Boulder writes about our apples project

Dear supporters,

Our pilot project on the use of clay pots for irrigation system as a climate change adaptation tool to improve food security in  vulnerbales communities in the dry lands has caught the attention of the University of Colorado's INSTAAR. The news update was written by Shelly Sommeron INSTAAR's  website on April 4 2014. The article is titled "Apples in Atebes: Cultivating Climate resilience in an Ethiopian Village. The article is a testament to the impact of our supporters that icnlude you and our volunteers in Ethiopia. We lookforward for your feedback on the article.

Again, we would like to thank you, our esteemed supporters and look forward to your continued support until we reach out goal. I hope that you will distribute the article to your friends, familes and colleagues so that we can reach our goal.

 

THANK YOU:) 

 
   

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