2014 was a year in which Partners in the Horn of Africa reached out to more than 20 disadvantaged groups and communities in Ethiopia. We focused on three key issues: access to clean water; education; and adequate income. Although the global economy is recovering, the distribution of wealth remains unequal. We ring in 2015 with Ghandi’s words in mind: “The Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need but not for every man’s greed”.
Above all, we believe that the most important role we can undertake is to empower local communities to be “partners” and directly involved in their own development, rather than mere beneficiaries. We work “with” the Ethiopian people rather than “for” them, with the aim of transitioning the less fortunate from dependency to self-sufficiency.
This newsletter celebrates the stories resulting from our work in Ethiopia, and includes the account of a donor group from Salmon Arm, BC who travelled there earlier this year to observe our projects. It also features actions by Canadians to raise awareness and donations for our Ethiopian projects such as the 10th edition of the Great Big Run for Africa, and the opening of more than 50 school libraries, a project realized thanks to the generosity of Club Penguin / Disney.
This is the time of year when we raise most of our finances. If you have already made your annual donation we thank you. If you have not yet done so, we urge you to do so before you put this letter away. We need your generosity for the year ahead, our 15th year of operation.
The work we are doing is important and you can help us make a difference. You are one of our “partners” in the Horn of Africa.
Happy Holidays from the Staff, Board of Directors and Volunteers at Partners!