Build victory gardens for 200 Ethiopian students

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

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.

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.



In our recent visit to the project we had a discussion with some students who are participating in the Atebes victory garden project. We asked them how the project is going. Below are some of the answers they provided. 

Question: How many apple trees do you have

Hiwot: We have 5 apple trees. I am the one who take care of them. My little seeblings also help in watering. My father tells us to water it when we forget.

Q. Have they started bearing fruit.

Hiwot: Some them have started to give fruit but others are still short. It depends on their age. the ones that are fruiting were planted in 2011. We are eating them and they are tasty.

Q. Have you started selling them in the market.

Hiwot: We have not started selling them. One of my trees has only 24 fruits. Others are also like us. This is a new tree and man people dont know what it is. May be we will sell in the future and make a lot of money. Now we want to eat them.

Q. How many households have apple trees.

Hiwot: I dont know. But most of my friends have apple trees. But again, on the old ones have fruit.

Q. Do you know that the price of one apple in Mekelle city is 18 birr ($1.00).

Hiwot: No, I dont know that. I have never been to Mekelle even. When we a lot of fruits we will sell our in Mekelle.

Q. What is your plan for the future.

Hiwot: I am with my parents until I finish my school. I am only 10th grade. I hope to grow more apples if I get the seedlings or if I knwo how to multiply them. 

Thank you for the chat. Thank 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
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

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Tsegay Wolde-Georgis
Boulder, CO United States
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