Life in the rural areas of Ethiopia is simple and humble.
The most common problems include: inadequate water supply with daily hour-long walks to water bodies, lack of food supply due to agriculture that is tied to the rainy season, erosion of fertile soils, poor medical care, inadequate number of schools and educational facilities, poor knowledge of hygiene, no family planning or prevention. The “Menschen für Menschen” Foundation helps with their projects through the construction of wells, ground consolidation and reforestation projects, irrigation projects, improved agricultural methods and diverse selection of crops, construction and maintenance of health care centers, building schools, creating hygiene awareness, micro-credits for financing of purchases such as sewing machines, butter churn etc. in order to establish a handicraft and to facilitate trade.
I work as a freelence photographer and photo-journalist mainly for the news agency dpa – German Press-Agency (Deutsche Presse-Agentur). The photo projects in Ethiopia quickly touched me emotionally. In this poor country, aid projects by “Menschen für Menschen” Foundation are a bright spot and a motivating example of aid in developing countries and conflict areas. Personally, I consider the work of NGOs to be a fundamental part of our society. For more than eight years I have been active for the environmental organization Green City e.V. and since 2008 I have been a board member of this association.
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