For decades, Ethiopia has faced the harsh realities of extreme hunger and famine. In 1984, nearly 1 million people died due to the famine and still affect the lives of Ethiopians and their government today. The recent El Nino has heightened crop failure and the livestock of thousands. As a result, this has led to the extreme hunger that once again threatens the lives of 10 million people in Ethiopia.
Last year, the consequences of the climate phenomenon led to the drought that wreaked havoc and caused farms to suffer from extensive crop failures with little chance to recover. But that’s not all.
Here’s what you must know about the droughts in Ethiopia.
Government Protects Citizens Against Hunger
Unlike other countries in the Sahara, Ethiopia has had a recorded double growth in the economy within the past ten years. The government also has a social protection plan that was created to protect those in poverty and at risk from starving.
It is through this scheme that over 6 million people in Ethiopia work five days a month during the lean season for 13 kg of cereal and 4 kg of pulses in return. But what about those who can’t work? The millions of citizens who are unable to work due to age or illness will receive a food handout or cash.
Despite the plan and commitment for funds, the Ethiopian government needs the help from the international community due to the large scale and damage of the drought.
Farms are losing their livelihoods
In most areas, people are reliant on their livestock as weak animals are dying from thirst and hunger. It is due to the drought that farmers are trying to sell their animals to raise enough money for food and supply. However, in situations as these, the price for food rises while the price of livestock falls. As a result, women and children are on the rise for severe acute malnutrition.
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Whether you’ve just turned 18 or about to reach your 30s, chances are you’ve probably thought about volunteering abroad. With more chaos in the world today, it only helps to consider what we can to help others near and far. To help you consider whether volunteering is right for you, we’ve narrowed down the top reasons why our generation should volunteer now.
Here are 5 reasons why millennials should volunteer in Africa.
The Beautiful People
While it is fair to say that most countries in Africa had suffered their share of economic and political instability, these people have managed to strive and stay positive. While there are precautions, just like any other country, Africa as a whole is filled with beautiful people and their unique culture.
Africa is known for its abundance in deserts and landscapes. However, there is more to see in Africa with the variety of landscapes and sceneries. From the sandy dunes of the Sahara desert to the open plains of Kendra, and the rainforests of Congo, no there is two same landscapes in Africa.
Variety of Volunteering Opportunities
Africa is known to offer a variety of volunteer options that vary from wildlife conversation to medical outreach and research. While the length of the volunteer programs, volunteers can find the ideal projects for both short and long term opportunities.
While everyone sees the benefits in volunteering in Africa, there are many challenges that they can also benefit from. It is the nature of volunteering in Africa that requires the ability to quickly adapt to new surroundings and often emotional situations. However, it is through these experiences that millennials will learn how to appreciate their time and support the future of Africa.
Improves the Future of Africa
Over the year, Africa has experienced an array of ups and downs. With that, comes the need to help secure the being of Africa and build a sustainable future of the African families.
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