International Fund for Africa
Issue: XLII       
August, 2013
International Fund for Africa Newsletter
In This Issue:
IFA Concludes Assessment of the Needs of Zemero, Ethiopia
IFA Joins Animal Protection Organizations To Propose New Animal Welfare Laws
Compassionate World Citizen Launches Fundraiser To Save Abused and Abandoned Horses
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IFA Concludes Assessment of the Needs of Zemero, Ethiopia

Recently, IFA conducted a Needs Assessment for Zemero, Ethiopia, the small rural town that we selected as the primary site for our rural development projects. Since 2007, IFA has worked steadily in the area, completing three medical missions serving 5,000 patients, as well as adding lab equipment and staff to establish a training center and form a strategic rural development plan.


Through questionnaires, personal interviews, focus group discussions, and personal observations of the region, IFA was able to determine the extent of resources and facilities related to health, education, water/sanitation, and food production in and near Zemero. Our data also revealed the great needs still facing the region, and have helped us to move forward with a plan to address areas of improvement.


The greatest deficiencies are in water availability, education, and health services. The soil in Zemero is rocky and dry, with water located far below the ground's surface. The nearest lake or spring, Allola Lake, is located 6 kilometers from Zemero, and there is no direct road to that vital water source. Meanwhile, educational facilities are both scarce and substandard. The woreda in which Zemero is located has a total population of about 180,000 yet has only one high school. The 35 elementary schools in the region require upgrades to be brought up to modern administrative standards.


The health needs of Zemero and surrounding areas have been a central focus of IFA since 2007. Today, the Zemero Health Center sees nearly 140 people on Mondays (market day) and between 45 and 50 patients Tuesdays through Fridays. The facility holds six beds for inpatient procedures, a neonate corner with a nurse trained in infant health, and a well-supplied pharmacy. However, the infrastructure lacks basic necessities such as sufficient running water and reliable electricity. Additional beds are needed, as well as repair of the generator. Meanwhile, staff training programs are necessary to acquire and retain skilled workers trained in proper medical practices.


Planning for the Future:


After concluding our assessment, IFA seeks to create a consortium of organizations that can work together on the various aspects of development most needed in Zemero. IFA's focus on health, joined with the resources and expertise of organizations specializing in education, water, and agriculture, will create a powerful team that holistically addresses the many problems facing rural African villages today.


IFA Joins Animal Protection Organizations

To Propose New Animal Welfare Laws

For the past few years, IFA has worked in numerous ways to protect animals in Ethiopia. Our spay/neuter and vaccination program for dogs, efforts to promote veganism, conference presentations, and continuous presence in the country have all contributed to the well-being of many domesticated animals. In order to truly transform the standard treatment of domesticated animals in Ethiopia and other African countries, these actions must be met with real legislative changes. To ensure that our work makes the greatest impact possible, IFA is teaming up with other animal protection organizations in Ethiopia to formulate new animal welfare laws for the country. This collaborative group, known as the Animal Welfare Working Group, is headed by the Ministry of Agriculture and will propose laws to be approved by the Ethiopian Parliament. By working together to enact legislation that will hold owners legally responsible for the care and protection of their animals, we can permanently create better lives for our fellow companions.


Compassionate World Citizen Launches Fundraiser To Save Abused and Abandoned Horses

Semhal Nasreddin moved to Ethiopia recently. Just three weeks after moving to Debre Zeit, Ethiopia, however, she has been heartbroken by the daily sight of abandoned, emaciated, and abused horses that have been left to wander the streets. Unfortunately, Nasreddin's experience is far too common. Much of Ethiopia's population remains highly dependent on horses for farming and other labor. After many long, hard years of working for their families, when they have become too sick or too old to provide the labor essential to the family's survival, these horses are abandoned and left either to survive or die on their own.


Struck by the sight of these poor animals each day in Debre Zeit and Addis Ababa, Nasreddin has decided to propel her pity into action. She hopes the money can be put toward an animal sanctuary, where old and abandoned animals can live the remainder of their lives in peace, with the attention and medical care they have earned. To create this haven she is hoping to raise a total of one million dollars on behalf of International Fund for Africa.


Please visit the Crowdrise Ifundafrica site to learn more about this endeavor, and consider making a donation to this worthy cause.