International Fund for Africa
Issue: XLIX              
March, 2014
International Fund for Africa Newsletter
In This Issue:
IFA Co-Founder and COO Seble Nebiyeloul Gives Interview on Veganism and Animal Welfare in Ethiopia
Anteneh Roba Contributes Chapter to Re Thinking Food
IFA Enters the Final Stages of Agreement on School Health and Nutrition Program
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IFA Co-Founder and COO Seble Nebiyeloul Gives Interview on Veganism and Animal Welfare in Ethiopia

Seble Nebiyeloul, co-founder and COO of IFA, was interviewed by Fana Radio Station on Monday, February 24, 2014-the first day of Easter fasting. Lent is generally observed for 40 days and includes mandates against the ingestion of meat, fat, eggs or milk. The interview focused on veganism and animal welfare related to Ethiopia culture, religion and lifestyle.


Nebiyeloul talked about her lifestyle choice to become a vegan and animal activist in Ethiopia. The reason that she became a vegan was to stop animal cruelty. Living vegan not only provides numerous benefits to animals' lives, but also to the environment, and to our health through a healthy diet and lifestyle.


Many of the questions revolved around being a vegan in a country where meat is at the center of many daily meals, and learning how to tolerate the challenges from this social environment. Others asked for guidance on how to end the animal cruelty that pervades society.


In response to these inquiries, Nebiyeloul encouraged and motivated the audience to create an environment in which they can bring people who have compassion for animals together to help put an end to the cruelty and mistreatment that occurs on a daily basis. She highlighted various ways to make the voices of these compassionate people heard, in order to work on behalf of animals.


Anteneh Roba Contributes Chapter to Re Thinking Food

Anteneh Roba, M.D., has contributed an important chapter to the recent publication Re Thinking Food that highlights the correlation between metabolic syndrome and the western diet. Metabolic syndrome, which affects up to 30% of the world's population and one-third of the U.S. population, results from a combination of conditions that includes high blood pressure and waist circumference, elevated fasting glucose, elevated triglycerides, and reduced levels of "good" cholesterol. Metabolic syndrome is currently spreading like wildfire across the globe, including in developing countries like Ethiopia, where the growth of fast-food restaurants offering processed meals based on animal proteins has produced a much higher incidence of these conditions. By stressing the correlation between these diets and the disease, Roba highlights a crucial problem of the modern era and offers evidence in support of an unprocessed, organic, plant-based diet.


IFA Enters the Final Stages of Agreement
on School Health and Nutrition Program

After many conversations and discussions IFA has decided not to partner with the Abune Basilios Primary School to provide an enhanced School Health and Nutrition Program. This was a very difficult decision for us. However, as an organization we have become much more knowledgeable about running this program and can now negotiate with two new primary schools, Sibestie and Agziya. After meeting with the head of the education department at Kefle Ketma, we have decided to discuss and sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the two schools that outlines the specific responsibilities of both parties. We expect to finalize and sign our project agreement in just a few days.


Through this arrangement, we will have the opportunity to impact hundreds of students who need our help. These two primary schools are located in the poorest neighborhood in Addis Ababa. Initially, each school will have 75 students participate in the lunch program; as our income-generating programs bring in additional funds, the number of student will increase and we will also start providing breakfast, uniforms and school materials. To establish the sustainable project IFA is setting up a bakery shop at both schools, as well as a school garden at Sibestie Primary School. Our target date for kicking off the School Lunch Program in both schools is April 2014.