Hagereselam Phase II 2013 – 2016
Between 2010 and spring 2013, Ethiopian Enterprises financed the rehabilitation of the Hagereselam watershed in northern Ethiopia. The project was led and successfully implemented by Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation. The hard work carried out on all fronts during these three years has resulted in the stabilization of the ecosystem in Hagereselam and the almost complete stop of erosion. The hillsides are green again, and can now be used productively, while the erosion gully is no longer gnawing away at valuable farming land. In addition, the people of Hagereselam have come to appreciate the value of the prickly pear cactus. Should the region be visited by a lengthy drought in the future, this versatile plant could become their lifesaver.
The success of the project has convinced us to accompany the Hagereselam community of 5300 inhabitants for a further four years. The target frame and the project components will remain as in the initial project phase: 1. We want to further strengthen the community by building and developing know-how and competences at both community and institutional levels. 2. The hillsides, the erosion gully and the communal pasture land will be further rehabilitated and reshaped in order to increase productivity. 3. We will make further efforts to increase food security fort the population. 4. We want to support the building of community assets through intensified and diversified farming (you can see a detailed description of the project and its goals HERE ).
The cost of this second, four-year phase is CHF 439’000. While this may initially seem high, it represents just over CHF 20 per inhabitant per year. Would you like to help the people of Hagereselam to gain life-long, sustainable self reliance? You can do so by becoming a member of Ethiopian Enterprises, or by making a donation. With just CHF 80 you can give a person in Hagereselam a real future.
If you would like further information about Ethiopian Enterprises and our Hagereselam project, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org/site