The Hudad School and Community Sustainable Living Project will improve the lives of communities living a subsistence lifestyle in the Hudad region of Ethiopia. This remote region is 3,300 meters above sea level, the climate is harsh and the seasons are becoming less reliable. The ever-increasing population is taking its toll on the available natural resources, with 90% of the natural forest already lost through clearing for fuel and farming to sustain life.
This project aims to improve the future for these communities through the provision of education for the next generation. This will be achieved by working with the local community in a collaborative manner and providing training in sustainable agriculture practices, as well as providing a reliable water supply to the school, villages and communal gardens.
The initial construction stage has taken place and the school is operational in one large classroom, with the water and hygiene infrastructure almost complete. ‘Friends of The Hudad’ (FoTH) is handing over to local management, trainers and facilitators to enable the community to manage and determine their future priorities.
WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT
• The opportunity for the community and volunteers to work together in construction, planning and management.
• The wide smiles of children finally going to school and embracing learning.
• It has been facilitated by a grass roots, local, inner-Melbourne group, starting from scratch, where every $ raised goes directly to funding the project.
The 4 villages comprising the Hudad community understand that their current subsistence living, ever-expanding population and dwindling natural resources is not sustainable. Education was recognized as one essential to unlock this cycle. The provision of fresh water to the school site not only ensures children will attend school, it also allows the communal growing of cash crops to ensure the project is sustainable, increases health through a wider range of quality foods and slows the degradation of local resources.
• Education for a whole generation of children precluded from attending schools too far from home.
• Harnessing local springs to bring water to the school and community vegetable garden.
• Local employment for the community and contribution of voluntary labour from the local people.
• Involves self-funded volunteers from Australia, the US and Europe who have life changing experiences in working side-by-side with the local community and witnessing the physical and social progress.