Suffering and a Green Landscape: What is a Green Famine? The trees look green, fields are planted…but why is there no food? “Green famines” exist in areas dependent on rain-fed agriculture and areas with extreme poverty. In over 80% of Ethiopia, family food and income largely depend on one thing – the weather.
The Project Officers for Roots Ethiopia are local to the regions where they serve. This has many advantages for both Roots Ethiopia and communities, as it enables us to understand the sometimes unique needs of a community. It also allows our staff to be frequently in different villages (“kebeles”) on a regular basis, developing relationships. … Continue reading School Sponsorship Scholar: Meet Mihret
One of the things we are most passionate about here at Roots Ethiopia is identifying and removing the barriers between all rural kids and a good education. Some of those barriers involve financial means or distance from a school or adequate seating in a classroom or the availability of books. And sometimes the barrier is a … Continue reading Breaking Down Barriers to Education!
I could not blot out hope, for hope belongs to the future. –Lu Xun See the dream. Be the impact. Feel the success. The 2016 sun has set an incredible 366 times, shining a light on all the ways your gifts to Roots Ethiopia have turned dreams and challenges into success. As we begin what will surely … Continue reading 7 Incredible Things YOU Did in 2016!
There is an emergency of massive proportions for villages in Southern Ethiopia that are already impoverished and vulnerable. Over 80% of Ethiopians rely on rain-fed agriculture for their daily lives. This past year of drought has caused devastating losses. Now, extensive and damaging floods in Ethiopia have come just after the worst drought in decades. El Niño weather patterns have … Continue reading Families Devastated by El Niño Floods in Ethiopia
This post is contributed by Jessica Steinberg, member of our 2014 Travel Team and Board Member at Roots Ethiopia. Jessica will return to Ethiopia next week where she will continue to work closely with school leaders to develop policy around data collection and reporting for each of our programs. The universality of a teachers’ love … Continue reading Stories From The Field | Teachers and Innovation in Ethiopia