Newsletter - December 2018
Sea-gypsies of Badjao -
The Badjao are known as 'sea gypsies'. They are, by tradition, fisher-men who live with their families in shanties over the water. In recent years, however, population pressure has depleted stocks in the ocean and they have been forced onto the land to find work.
The Badjao are discriminated against and are often considered second class citizens. They are largely uned-ucated, illiterate and have great difficultly in securing mainstream employment.
The Share, Teach & Reach project is seeking to provide opportunities for the Filipino Badjao to break free from poverty strongholds and experience renewed hope for a better future. It will provide an educational space for the community as well as training and re-sources for teachers / tutors that will allow the next generation to go to school and raise their skill level, giving them opportunity to step out of generational poverty.
Because School's A Gift
Ethiopia continues to ex-perience serious hardship with 9 out of 10 children living in extreme poverty and half of all children not in school yet. Literacy rates in rural areas are thought to be as low as 21%, with women impacted the most.
Since 2011 School's A Gift has been hard at work bringing opportunities in education to communities of the central high-lands. Corrugated iron schools operating under the African sun have been reroofed / re-walled. Blown away schools have been rebuilt. Existing schools have been extended. Water supplies have been established, toilets built and hygiene / sanitation practices initiated into the school community
As a result the student body has trebled and further expansion is underway to cater for 4 additional grades.
Lack of access to education means that the vast majority of people in Ethiopia's rural areas have few opportunities to pursue alter-native or additional non-farming employment activities. These options such as collecting and selling fire wood, making charcoal or laboring are mostly low-paid.
Education is seen by School's A Gift as being key to the alleviation of poverty with improved literacy rates leading to improved livelihoods and enhanced capacities.
Break the Hunger Cycle
Children need to be eating nutritious meals if they are to concentrate and succeed at school.
Our special Christmas campaign will focus on improving the lives of vulnerable African children by establishing productive food trees at schools & teaching children the benefits of eating nutritious tree produce.
Food trees produce a variety of healthy, nutrient dense foods including fruits, leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds and edible oils. They increase the nutritional quality of local diets, mostly due to their micronutrients (minerals and vitamins), but also macronutrients (protein and carbohy-drates). Additionally, trees in diverse agroecosystems provide products (e.g. medicines, timber, fodder, fuel) and services (e.g. carbon sequestration, erosion control, watershed management, soil fertility, wild biodiversity conservation), thereby contributing to the resilience of resource-constrained households.
Students will gain valuable skills and knowledge in agroforestry, conservation and food nutrition in addition to having delicious fresh foods integrated into their diets. This is particularly important given that many farming families in Africa are headed by children.