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Progress Report – September 2021

Progress on our development projects – clean water, health, and education, has been slow – see ‘news’ below. As a result, the numbers of completions we report below are largely unchanged from our June 2021 Report.

Health Posts

[15 completed; serving 86,000 people]

Work on the new Health Post in Dubuku started but has now halted because the nearby presence of the Tigray Peoples’ Libration Front (TPLF) makes it potentially unsafe for the construction team and makes the delivery of construction materials impossible. It is eagerly awaited however by the community.

Clean Water

137 completed; 6 failed (but 2 have been rebuilt), 9 under construction. Total beneficiaries 54,000. Work continues, but slowly because of the security risks and cement availability.

Education

57 classrooms built, including 3 completely new schools. Total of children benefitting 2 shifts per a day 34,000.

Date of Next Visit

We had hoped to return in October, but this will almost certainly be impossible because of the security situation. We can only aim now to return immediately it is safe to do so, because we shall almost certainly need to implement programmes of emergency food and medical supplies.

 Progress Report – June 2021

Health Posts

[15 completed; serving 86,000 people]

Frustratingly, work on a new Health Post in Meket woreda continued to be delayed by a dispute between residents about its location. We have therefore walked away from that one and have now agreed a new Health Post in Dubuku, Lasta woreda.

Clean Water

[135 completed; 6 failed (but 2 have been rebuilt); 9 under construction. Total beneficiaries 53,000]. Work continues, but slowly because of the security risks and cement availability.

Education

57 classrooms built, including 3 completely new schools. Total of children benefitting (2 shifts per day) 39,000. When Covid was a problem in 2020, children under 8 required masks, there were 3 shifts per day to allow for social distancing, with retired teachers re-engaged.

Date of Next Visit

Hopefully October 2021 – depending on UK and Ethiopian quarantine restrictions.

Latest News

Emergency Food Supply

Our last News item (June 2021) reported on the arrival of thousands of Internally Displaced Persons into Lalibela and the immediate surrounding area. They were fleeing from the killing and looting of the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF). Our Emergency Food Programme for these people was successful – there was no evidence of corruption, and the gratitude of these hungry and exhausted poor people was huge. Subsequently many gradually found local families to accommodate them. Some got work in safety net programmes (which provide food, mainly from US Aid, in return for work – such as road maintenance, soil construction etc) – Also there has been a small Amhara Region Programme to provide bamboo and plots of land, for them to build tukul mud huts.

Emergency Medical Supplies

Many of Internally Displaced Persons needed medical attention and the small local hospital was rapidly depleted. Lalibela Trust and Create/Impact funded an emergency programme, coordinated by our Project Manager Derebe, with the Medical Director and the Pharmacist of the Hospital. They went to Addis Ababa (260 miles from Lalibela) to buy the supplies with Derebe retaining control of the money.

Project Manager Derebe hands supplies to the hospital Medical Director and Pharmacist

 The need  was great – due to budget cuts.

 

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Previous News

Emergency Food Aid for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)


Fighting in Tigray between the government and the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front has led to hundreds of thousands of frightened, hungry, sick, wounded, and homeless IDPs fleeing for safety. IDPs have also fled from an increase in ethnically- based disputes in other Regions of Ethiopia. Around 6,000 IDPs have come to Lalibela and the surrounding area. Lalibela Trust and Create Impact have combined to provide Emergency Food Aid for IDPs in and around Lalibela. Our Project Manager quickly called a Committee, including the Mayor and local council leaders. They screened all the families to identify the 1,100 most needy people. We are providing food; and will continue until the IDPs can be settled and international aid and/or peace and tourism return. This is now a major demand on Lalibela Trust’s funds.

The images show the distribution of the second 20-tonne load. On arrival in Lalibela, it is divided into batches for each of the 5 Lalibela kebeles (councils); checking for fraud is rigorous. The family heads wait to be called by kebele (these are the able-bodied ones). Then one by one they collect their ration, depending on family size. Their anguish is clear. It is about future food supply, but also about the whole of their future lives. We have never before seen such a group of rural Ethiopians; some crying and with no smiling faces.

 

 

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