January 2016 update – Severe Drought Devastating Ethiopia
The drought devastating Ethiopia is at a critical point. More than 400,000 children are severely malnourished and 10 million people are in urgent need of food. The Ethiopian government has immediately responded to the drought with nearly $200 million. While the remarkable progress across Ethiopia in recent years provides a strong foundation for the country to recover, there is more to be done to protect the hardest hit communities where people are suffering and lives are at stake.
Haber has responded by donating a significant gift to its partner, A Glimmer of Hope, in order to support the emergency aid effort. Haber’s gift is specifically being used to provide life-sustaining grain through a program at local schools. With this basic food supply, children can continue their education and families can eat for the next few months.
Lee and Caroline Portnoi would welcome any further offers of support, and will personally match any donations, made through Haber, to further support the urgent relief effort. Please contact us if you are interested in joining us in responding to the emergency.
In the past Haber has funded a school in Minzero, a health centre in Robit and in the near future will be funding a second school in Minzero.
Tigray (specifically AdiKeyh)
Haber has funded microfinance projects and is supporting critical capital works in the AdiKeyh region on an ongoing basis. In the remote villages of AdiKeyh, the need is profound. The community struggles with extreme poverty – lacking the basics of clean water, health care and education.
Education is one of the most pressing needs for the families and children of AdiKeyh. Children who attend school go to makeshift schools under trees or overcrowded classrooms with stick walls and dirt floors.
The work in AdiKeyh is extensive, focusing on the construction or refurbishment of schools, the provision of clean water and latrines at each school and the construction of a deep borehole to provide clean water to the entire community.
There is more information below about all of these specific projects supported by Haber.