Displaced peoples campaign

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Much progress has been made in Ethiopia since Partners for Change started working there nearly 35 years ago. Despite this the country is still facing significant challenges, one of which is border disputes. Due to scarcity of natural resources such disputes have recently created major instability and displacement of people. The majority of these are from the Oromo ethnicity forced to migrate from the Ethio-Somali region to adjacent Oromo zones and central parts of the country. More than 700,000 Oromo peoples have been made homeless resulting in hunger, disease, psycho-social problems, sexual harassment, lack of care for pregnant mothers, unsafe births, child malnutrition and lack of support and care for the elderly and people with disabilities. 

According to government officials and the displaced people themselves, the monthly ration of food aid covers 1.5 kilograms of rice or wheat and 0.45 litres of edible oil per person.   Other basic food items have not been provided, cooking stoves and other essential utensils are scarce leading to a high prevalence of malnutrition, mainly among children and women. In addition to this there is a lack of access to curative and preventive health services, shortage of clothing including blankets, mattresses, casual clothes and shoes as well as inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene services. Parents do not have any income or the economic capacity to cover anything other than the most basic needs of their children.    

The Regional Government of Oromiya announced an emergency plan to save the lives of these displaced people and given the scale of the problem Partners for Change felt compelled to help.

Using £55,000 from profits generated from our social enterprise in Bishoftu and with further financial support from Kinernothilfe we have assisted 1,918 displaced people including 705 children. Our partnership has;

-          provided food, clothing and other essential services

-          enabled 455 children to receive formal and basic education in their new resettlement site.

-          provided access to health care for all of the children.

-          addressed the menstrual hygiene needs of 260 adolescent girls through provision of sanitary pads and pants 

-          improved the nutritional status of 200 undernourished children (below the age of 5 years) through the provision of supplementary food for the children and nutrition education for mothers

-          improved access to clean water supply as well as sanitation and hygiene services through installation of water tankers and construction of low-cost communal toilets

-          supported the psychosocial rehabilitation of displaced children who have experienced the trauma of conflict and dislocation from their homes.

It is not usual for Partners for Change to engage in emergency assistance. Our strategic focus is to provide long term sustainable solutions to child poverty. In order to ensure the displaced people can make a new life for themselves we have provided start-up funding and training for 100 women-headed households to make a new life for their families.

 

This is just the beginning - the displaced people are adamant they do not want to return to their former homes. Many of the women have been deeply traumatised, sustained from having witnessed killings and sexual assault during the conflict. They are deeply worried about the emotional and psychological damage this has had on their children. The memories are too awful for them to return to their former lives, back to the scene of the horrors they have personally experienced and seen.

 

Partners for Change will use its experience and expertise to enable these people to build a new life for their families. The process is complicated and requires a range of support such as permanent housing, job creation, basic infrastructure such as water and sanitation and helping the community to come together and identify their priorities.  

The immediate focus will be on 750 children – providing them with food and nutritional support, educational materials, medical treatment and clothing. Because of the disruption in their lives the project will also construct a children’s play area to allow children to learn to play and be children once again.

100 of the most vulnerable women will be organised into ten groups. They will be given training and support to set up small businesses. This will enable them to support each other through weekly meetings and visits to established similar groups in the region to learn at first hand from them. The aim is to enable these women to become financially independent and secure through using a tried and tested approach.

Currently the community is living in temporary housing, which is small and not weather proof, hot during the day and cold during the night.  We need to build permanent housing.

Taken together all these activities will enable children to grow and realise their full potential and for their parents and guardians to rebuild their lives and a better future.

You can help us achieve this goal through making a donation for one or more of the items below;

£6 a month provides food for a child – this will be required for a minimum of six months until their parents and guardians are able to generate income.

£17 provides a child with a school uniform and educational materials to enable s/he to go to school.

£21 will buy a child with everyday clothes and shoes to wear

£60 will buy a bed, mattress, blankets and pillows

£8 buys medical treatment for a child for 6 months

£1 will provide a nutritional assessment of the most vulnerable children

£11 a month will provide children under 5 who are most at risk with nutritional support to ensure they grow up healthy and strong

£5 will buy kitchen utensils to enable families to prepare and cook food.

£1,000 will enable the construction of two indoors safe play area for small children and equip this with play materials and connect it with water and sanitation

£4,400 connects the selected resettlement sites with the existing water system of Bishoftu town

£1,400 will supply and Install a 10m3 water tankers – mains water is sometimes unreliable and it is essential to have a back up supply in case of disruptions

£100 will enable a woman to receive training and start up loan to start a small business

£3,900 will construct a permanent house for a family of five.

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