Our goals

« I want to change the life of children and women in my home village Saware in the South of Ethiopia – in a sustainable way»  Kebede Dache


Why? What is the situation now?

  • Children walk long distances to go to school, and it is dangerous on steep paths and with dangerous animals.
    “ I suffered from that already when I was a child” says co-founder Kebede Dache Dalacho.
  • Lack of pure drinking water: Children and women walk long distances to get drinking water, but that water is not clean. This makes the people and especially children sick.
  • Use of open three-stone woodfires for cooking, often inside the houses. Collecting the wood is very time-consuming, again for children and women.
  • No electricity, use of kerosene lamps for lighting
  • Women and girls experience inequality, hard life and no income resources, e.g.:
    • Girls go less to school than boys
    • Children and women carry wood for cooking & water from the rivers
    • Their health is more affected through indoor air pollution from kerosene lamps and fires


What are we doing?

„Improving life starts with clean water, better health, education and empowerment – and with creating additional income opportunities“

Step by step we improve the conditions – in a sustainable way:

  • Create access to pure drinking water, inside the village
  • Introduce improved cooking solutions, which produce less smoke and use less wood
  • Create better access to education and ensure quality education. Our long term plan is to build a primary school inside the village and build an education system which preserves the natural environment and teaches about sustainable ways of improving life

End then, the long term goals are:

  • Build competences for the local people in health and hygiene, benefits of solar energy, rainwater harvesting, organic agricultural practices, drip irrigation & permaculture
  • Build business opportunities with income generation for the local people, especially women, through sustainable, environment- and climate-friendly practices.


How are we doing it?

1. Access to pure drinking water

  • Water pump inside the village, hand pumps or solar pumps
  • Create ownership and ensure maintanance
  • Owned by women groups

2. Improved cooking solutions

  • Cookstoves instead of open fires, adapted to local menus and needs
  • Improved cookstoves need less wood, can burn different type of biomass and produce less smoke
  • Trainings in production/installation and use
  • Creation of small production business for locals

3. Access to better education with model primary school inside the village

  • For children from grade 1 to 6
  • And for adults who did not have sufficient education
  • Construction with modern knowhow combined with traditional methods
  • Integrating solar power for light & electricity, especially for the night classes for adults.
  • Creating of ownership: People from the local community will be involved from the beginning and help constructing the school and therefore feel the ownership and take care of the school.
  • Fair paid good teachers for motivated classes.
  • The school is for girls and boys and parents will be especially motivated to send their daughters to school.

4. Trainings for adults (and children) / „Competence center“

  • For health and hygiene
  • Benefits of solar energy
  • Clean cooking methods and awareness about pure drinking water
  • Rrainwater harvesting and drip irrigation
  • Organic agricultural practices

5. Business opportunities and income generation

  • Production and sales of improved cookstoves
  • Additional organic cultivation of local products (such as Moringa and local herbs) for sales abroad
  • Solar kiosk: local sales (+ maintenance) of small solar systems
  • Integrating women for empowering women


Our impacts

  • Better health for the people, especially children and women
  • Better chances for the future of the children
  • Better income opportunities
  • More time for school and income generating activities
  • Saved forests
  • Protected climate