Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” While Mandela’s quote certainly applies to our school building projects in Ethiopia, our August 2014 newsletter also highlights how school and community programs are showing young Canadians that their collective efforts can quickly improve the lives of those most in need.
Sometimes people think that Partners in the Horn of Africa is well funded by large sponsors and that we don’t need their donation. In fact, over 75% of our donations come from individuals just like you. Our projects are typically of a smaller scale, so every donation of any amount makes a difference. It only takes $200 to directly transform the life of a woman and her family as a micro-finance loan. Once the first woman has been helped to build a business and paid back her loan, the money goes on to help the next woman and her family. One such micro-finance and education project is the WISE program also featured in the newsletter.
We do gratefully acknowledge the continued financial and technical support of Tetra Tech EBA, both corporately and the direct support of hundreds of their employees. Our feature story was written by Robyn McGregor who was selected as their Ambassador and travelled to Ethiopia earlier this year to review Partners’ water projects. Tens of thousands of Ethiopians have benefited from these projects with saved time, improved physical health and, not surprisingly, better psychological health, as Robyn mentions in her story.