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 Hunger  Ethiopia Project #23263

Famine support for 1700 Ethiopian students

by Abraham's Oasis Vetted since 2016 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit
Famine support for 1700 Ethiopian students
Famine support for 1700 Ethiopian students
Famine support for 1700 Ethiopian students
Famine support for 1700 Ethiopian students
Famine support for 1700 Ethiopian students
Famine support for 1700 Ethiopian students
Famine support for 1700 Ethiopian students
Famine support for 1700 Ethiopian students
Famine support for 1700 Ethiopian students
Famine support for 1700 Ethiopian students
Famine support for 1700 Ethiopian students
Famine support for 1700 Ethiopian students
Famine support for 1700 Ethiopian students
Famine support for 1700 Ethiopian students
Famine support for 1700 Ethiopian students
Famine support for 1700 Ethiopian students
Famine support for 1700 Ethiopian students
Famine support for 1700 Ethiopian students
Famine support for 1700 Ethiopian students
Famine support for 1700 Ethiopian students
Famine support for 1700 Ethiopian students
Famine support for 1700 Ethiopian students
Famine support for 1700 Ethiopian students
Famine support for 1700 Ethiopian students
Famine support for 1700 Ethiopian students
Famine support for 1700 Ethiopian students
Happy reception
Happy reception

We were asked by the Tigray Regional Education Bureau to try to continue our assistance a little longer until the end of the harvest season, because the children in the area where we were helping would be in difficulty. So we decided to let the project on Global Giving run for a few more months. We were glad we did and we were able to sent another truckload with 160 cartons of high energy bisuits to the most affected school. We also made an extra donation of 186 notebooks, 320 pens and 84 markers.

The road to the school was inaccessible so, the students and teachers came out to the main road and carried the boxes back. They were all eager to help and they were so happy with the supplies.

Currently the harvest time is over and in most areas they have had a good harvest. We have decided to officially close the project as no further assistance is required at this time due to an excellent harvest. 

With your assistance a total of 13,607 school children have benefitted from the nutritional support which has consisted of: 2151 cartons of High Energy biscuits, 138 tubs of 1 kg peanut butter.

The children have benefitted by the provision of energy to sustain them to, through and from school.

The schools have benefitted tremendously by seeing an increased attendance rate and a higher performance rate due to the high energy bisuits and peanutbutter.

We want to say thank you to all our donors on Global Giving who have helped us in an amazing way. It has been such a blessing for Abraham's Oasis to reach out to this needy area and extend your contributions to these hungry school children.

If you are interested in supporting other projects implemented by Abraham's Oasis we recommend that you check out the other two (2) projects on Global Giving.

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Carrying of the boxes to the school
Carrying of the boxes to the school
Ready to carry!
Ready to carry!
Distribution of extra school materials
Distribution of extra school materials
The face says it all!
The face says it all!

Oh yes, the rains came abundantly! Wonderful! So the farmers sowed the few saved seeds they had, the government supplied more seed and after arduous ploughing of fields with lean hungry oxen, the shoots starting coming up, the rain came, the shoots grew...

Sadlly this takes time. The maize came after six weeks, that helped, but the energy expended during the ploughing, sowing season is tough and the few spears of corn were soon consumed. Too soon September arrived, planning for return to school, payment of small school fees meant cash eked out from sale of maize in the market.

Now the trudge to school with little protein for growing bodies except what Abraham's Oasis has given to tide them over the rainy season. The harvest will be in January, but there is October through January to survive... Sitting through class, trying to learn, and thinking of that hollow feeling in your tummy makes it hard to concentrate.

Abraham's Oasis is continuing the supplementary nutritional support programme until we hear that these children have food at home, sufficient to carry them through the walk to and from school and to sustain them in the learning process throughout the days and weeks.

The answer to poverty is education but how can this happen when you are hungry.

Thank you for your help!

We are enjoying a good rainy season so far....an abundance of rain and we hope that this year the farmers will have a good harvest.

We had thought that we would discontinue the project when the schoolyear finished and we gave one most affected school extra biscuits to help the kids over the rainy season. But when we visited the regional education bureau we were asked to continue our support till December as the harvest in not until that time so this means the famine situation will continue till then.

For this reason we will put out a new appeal to everyone and see if we can get enough funds to assist the kids till December. At least we will be sure that children will enroll in school and make it through their first semester!

Thank you for your consideration!

Cathaina van den Bosch

Students helping to carrying the biscuits
Students helping to carrying the biscuits

Ashenafi stood slightly apart from the others, looking out with sober, sad eyes. His head shaved no doubt because of lice or fungus feeding on deprivation. His shirt  and shorts barely held together covered a small brown thin body. In his hand his precious school books, ragged now with constant use, reading and re-reading making every effort to learn and improve his future. Gradually after the second and third visit he appeared less tense, and even once he gave a half smile. "What grade are you in, son?" I asked him. "8th", he then shared with me that he really wanted to go on to 9th grade... I asked if he would consider going to univeristy. A dreamy look came into his eyes... but was quickly chased away with "No, I don't think my father will permit that, I am the first born." So his hope is tenth grade complete and then help his subsistence  farmer father, but he will have more learning than his father and maybe later on he could continue.

You dear donor have made Ashenafi's dream a little more possible, he did not have to drop out of school; despite great poverty, he has had just enough food to see him through until the rains come and the corn grows... He is taking his 8th grade examination as I write and then go on to 9th grade.

We started feeding the school children in February, every month taking high energy biscuits and peanut butter to one school and eventually to four schools, the first one Fyel Wuha had received other food support so we were able to concentrate on four far more vulnerable schools selected by local Education Offices and with your generous donations we were able to provide high energy biscuits and peanut butter five days per week.The elementary schools are: Cher (1121 students), Bahr Giza (367 students), My Gemera (706 students) and Cherchere (461 students).

Abraham's Oasis supplied 1989 cartons with 150 individual four biscuit packet, one per child; 1656 large tubs of peanut butter given out to 13,607 students over five months.

The schools are up to 225 kilometres away from Abraham's Oasis main office, mainly on recently asphalted roads and only occasionally driving over dirt roads to access the schools. In some schools we made a drop off by the road side as there were no roads, from thence the children carried the boxes to the school over rough mountainous terrain.

The teachers reported that usually during times of famine the absenteeism rate is 50%, but because of the high energy biscuits this was only 3-5%; the teachers also reported that the children's school performance and moral was better than usual during times of hardship. It was good to help the teachers in Cher School with 51 solar lamps, this school is is exceedingly remote and mountianous and has no electricity.

Thank you for making this possible!

Even the girls helped
Even the girls helped
Pre-school also came!
Pre-school also came!
Looking so much better
Looking so much better
This was taken at the first visit...
This was taken at the first visit...
It started to rain as we were leaving!
It started to rain as we were leaving!
Wee lassies in front of their classroom
Wee lassies in front of their classroom

The roads were dry and dusty, gradually less green was seen and after 150 kilometres no green was seen, the trees were leafless and brown, I started counting the Baobad Trees. These are used as animal fodder, but the children told me they eat the moist pith inside the dry outer bark, "it is filling, you see..."

The children are so brave, trudging the long roads to their far away school with little or nothing in their tummies, I could see their thin bony bodies through flesh under they lose and ragged clothes.

They told me that yes, they were hungry, they have only a handful of porridge every day and the high energy biscuit given by Abraham's Oasis and that Tuesday and Thursdays are highlights because they also have a spoonful of peanut butter on the biscuits, "that is good!"

The government is providing families in this famine area with grain flour and oil from which porridge is made. The chairman of the PTA told me they receive 15 kilogrammes of grain to last one month for a family of five to ten with four litres of oil. By the end of the month there is little to nothing left.

"Are the high energy biscuits useful?" I asked him.

"Oh yes, the children though tired and hungry attend school because they have food there and the teachers are pleased because the children don't fall asleep from hunger." He replied

Abraham's Oasis has added two more elementary schools; Cher and Bahr-Geza and compared to Fyel Wuha they are thinner, some have mouth sores, some squinting in the sun indicating nutritional needs (Vit A)... The health centres have been notified.

God bless you all for helping! Keep it coming through GlobalGiving.

A brave lad, hungry but still attending school!
A brave lad, hungry but still attending school!
She had hidden her thin body under a large scarf.
She had hidden her thin body under a large scarf.
One of the schools in a dry and dusty land...
One of the schools in a dry and dusty land...
Children are eating the bark of the Baobab tree...
Children are eating the bark of the Baobab tree...
 

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Abraham's Oasis

Location: Shire-Endaselasse, Tigray - Ethiopia
Website: http:/​/​www.abrahamsoasis.org
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Project Leader:
Catharina van den Bosch
Shire-Endaselasse, Tigray Ethiopia

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