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Families Forward - Women-Empowerment + Animal Welfar + Income Generation

A project from WasserStiftung / Waterfoundation
in Oromia State, Ethiopia

The Water Foundation works in Ethiopia to ensure that women have a better income. Here you can donate for a great project that combines women's empowerment with animal welfare and approaches to generating income.

Ann-Ulrike Henning
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About this project

The Water Foundation is committed to ensuring that poor women in Ethiopia's rural regions have a better income, donkeys stay healthy as a support for families and access to clean water is guaranteed. Poor women in rural areas in Ethiopia are severely disadvantaged. They or their daughters spend many hours transporting water - time that they can't use for income generation or school attendance. It takes around 30 minutes (or more) for half of households in rural Ethiopia to get water on a round-trip trip. As in large parts of the country, access to clean drinking water is difficult in the project area. In Ethiopia, only 5% of the population have access to clean drinking water. Often there is not enough water to cooking, personal hygiene, watering plants and caring for animals. Studies have shown that donkeys - in addition to helping with transportation - play an important role in helping women in developing countries. Donkeys are traditionally used to transport water. They also provide support in agriculture. Although animals are essential to daily life, their welfare is often overlooked and they are in poor health. They then do less than they could if their health was better. There is a need to raise awareness of measures to keep donkeys healthy for a long time - in order to continue to reliably transport water.

In cooperation with the local partner "Facilitator for Change", the project is based on several pillars: - Donkeys are distributed, veterinary care is organized and women are trained in how to handle the animals appropriately. - There are workshops on agricultural issues and seeds are distributed. - The third pillar of the project is training for women to manufacture and sell low-emission stoves. - Last but not least: Access to drinking water is made possible by restoring a water source. The project lasts 18 months. Project start: January 2022