CURRENT AREA OF FOCUS FOR PROJECT PENCIL CASE – 2018
Koshe” is the name of the Rubbish Dump in the Kore/Korah area of Addis Ababa; Multiple people were buried by the mud in April 2017 when the mountain of rubbish collapsed and caused a massive landslide …..
Many people lost everything they owned including their makeshift homes at the base of this “mountain” …
Project Pencil Case was able to raise funds last year to support children who had lost everything with school supplies (back packs, notebooks, solar lights and pencil cases) so that they could return to school.
This area is a neighbourhood close to my heart as I went to a school in this area as a child (when the rubbish tip was but a small dot on the gorgeous rural landscape) and I lived not far away.
An estimated 8-9 million people live in the capital city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Since the early 1960ies, garbage from the city has been dumped in a pit in the village of Korah on the outskirts of Addis where the Good Shepherd School and ALERT hospital compounds were/are located. The village of Korah evolved 80+ years ago with the opening of the first leprosy hospital, ALERT. Emperor Haile Sellassie provided land for this purpose, which at that time was located in a wooded and rural area just outside the city -leprosy has now almost been eradicated and ALERT primarily treats patients with TB, HIV and other diseases but the village has evolved into a vast community of very poor people from the countryside constantly arriving and seeking treatment. Because of their extreme poverty, people often settle and live off (as scavengers) and around the trash site which is now surrounded by the ever expanding city. Generation after generation of children have been born here; Korah is now home to around 200,000+ men, women and children; most residents directly or indirectly “benefit” from the rubbish dump – depending on scavenging for food or collecting recyclable items to sell for a living. The dump is dangerous; children have been run over by garbage trucks or they are kept out of school so they can help scavenge….
In a city experiencing a current economic boom for many, this is a tragic and dreadful way for Ethiopians to survive…
Reppie is a waste to energy plant soon to open, which will be fuelled naturally by the decomposing trash. The plant is estimated to provide at least 30 percent of Addis Ababa’s electricity consumption and it is understood that the plant will be able to employ people from the community to work on this site.
This is an area of much need and Project Pencil Case will work with schools and youth centers to provide supplies and raise funds for specific needs within the community to directly support the students.
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