Gezawasha Epicenter

Child marriage remains widespread in developing countries; the practice denies girls their basic human rights, and endangers their lives and livelihoods. Gender inequality fuels the incidence of child marriage, and unequal gender power relations are reproduced in marriages between young girls and older men. Although it is difficult to challenge existing beliefs regarding gender and gender roles, doing so is the core of our work. Our vision is to work towards a world where girls and women enjoy equal status with boys and men, and are able to achieve their full potential in all aspects of their lives. The long-term goal of this project is for girls to be free to decide if, when and whom to marry. Aiming for gender equity (equal access, possibilities and treatment) is at the core of all our interventions and our organisational policies. In addition, we promote the inclusion of marginalised and disadvantaged groups in our programme. Special focus is given to girls hiding at home, disabled girls, children of minorities and the poorest of the poor.

Activities

The Hunger Project promotes a holistic approach to food security, and many of its activities contribute to increased access to sufficient food but also improved diets, greater nutritional variety and stronger ties to local resources. For example, epicenter preschools provide hot, nutritious meals to students and epicenter rural banks offer loans and savings products that often increase the amount and quality of food at the household level. Most importantly, THP trains animators, who, with support from existing local and government institutions (farmers’ cooperatives, agricultural extension workers) hold trainings in farming technologies (row planting, field rotation), seed and soil types, and low-input yield-improving techniques (organic compost, microdose fertilizer application). The trainings take place at the epicenter demonstration farm, where crops are grown for consumption by the community and distribution to local school meal programs.

Additional information

Additionally, THP implements an Agriculture Revolving Loan Fund. Through this fund, participating local farmers access seed and fertilizer loans at the start of the planting season. These loans are repaid post-harvest through in-kind reimbursement of bags of grain. This grain can then be sold at a fair price to the community over the lean season, not only improving food security but also re-capitalizing the loan fund for future lending.

Cross-cutting issues

Economic Recovery & Development, Education, Environment, Gender, Health, HIV/AIDS Nutrition, Water Sanitation & Hygiene, Child Marriage

Locations

  • Ethiopia>Amhara

Sectors

  • Agriculture
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Health
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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