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Ethiopia: Bamboo, Mud and New Friendships Norwegian Refugee Council

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11/15/12

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Ethiopia: Bamboo, Mud and New Friendships Norwegian Refugee Council

Ethiopia: Bamboo, Mud and New Friendships Photo by NRC

Ethiopia: Bamboo, Mud and New Friendships

Thu, 15 Nov 2012 11:47 GMT

Source: Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

The sounds of hammering, electric saw and Somali song fills the air in Kobe refugee camp in Dolo Ado, Ethiopia, a few kilometres from the Somali border. It is just after lunchtime and the energy is high in the prefabrication workshop. The men, working in four different sections, assembling doors and windows, nailing trusses, cutting logs, and splitting bamboo, consist of Somali refugees and members of the host community and have all been hired by NRC. The local communities and the Somali refugees are involved in the whole process, from production of the different shelter parts to assembling the complete shelters.

Situated in the southeast of Ethiopia, Dolo Ado is the second largest refugee complex in the world after Dadaab, located in Kenya. The population recently passed the 170,000 mark, with new arrivals citing fear of harassment and forced recruitment by armed groups.

35-year-old Ali Mohammed Hussein fled his home in Bakool, Somalia about 15 months ago. Ali, his wife and six children escaped the fighting between the al-Shabaab militia and the Transitional Government Forces and embarked on the long and perilous journey to Ethiopia. Here, in Dolo Ado, they have been assisted with one of NRCs environmentally friendly shelters produced from local materials; and at the same time Ali has secured a livelihood through producing new shelter parts that will benefit other vulnerable families. His work consists of splitting bamboo into four sticks that will be used for walls. “It is hard work,” Ali explains while wiping the sweat off his forehead, “but thanks to NRC and this job I am able to provide for my family and send my children to school”.

Working together

The prefabrication workshop is also a place where refugees and members of the host community come together and work side by side. This cooperation helps reduce potential tension and has even created new friendships.

“Before I started working here I did not know anyone besides people in the refugee camp. Now, I have found new friendships among the people I work with,” says Ali.

One of his colleagues from the host community is Mahad Hassan, who has worked for NRC making doors and windows for almost a year.

“It’s great that NRC is helping us from Dolo Ado too”, Mahad explains. “We also need to provide for our families and have a roof over our heads.”

The community in Dolo Ado was hit hard by last year’s drought, throwing many families into poverty. People from this area are mainly pastoralists, who rely on their livestock to survive. Last year’s drought resulted in massive loss of livestock and many are still struggling to make ends meet. Consequently, NRC is providing shelter and livelihood assistance to the most vulnerable members of the host community.

Using local material

The shelter type NRC is building in Dolo Ado is made from locally produced materials, benefitting the local and national economy. The walls are made from bamboo, one of Ethiopia´s main export products, which can be sourced not far from the camps. Bamboo grows quickly, making it a more environmental friendly material for construction than trees. The corrugated iron sheets used to make roofs, windows and doors are also produced in Ethiopia. Windows and doors are lockable and therefore provide beneficiaries with increased protection. So far in 2012, NRC, together with the refugees and host community, has constructed 3,015 of these shelters in Dolo Ado, benefitting more than 15,000 people.

NRC in Ethiopia

In order to respond to the humanitarian emergency and high influx of Somali refugees, NRC started operations in Ethiopia in July 2011 in close cooperation with the Ethiopian government, the UN and NGOs. NRC is currently assisting Eritrean refugees in the north, South Sudanese refugees in the east and Somali refugees in the South with shelter and education, benefitting more than 56,200 vulnerable people. NRC has secured funding from several sources to implement its projects in Ethiopia. The main donors include Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA), European Commission for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO), The UN Refugee Agency (UNHRC), Humanitarian Relief Foundation (HRF), Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and US Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM)

Read more: http://www.nrc.no/ethiopia

Tags: charity, ngo

14 comments

Comment from: C'est moi senait [Visitor]
C'est moi senait

Jaaaa,go fool the caw.

These scandanavian a red cross brings Somali to Ethiopia and after 10 years there they claim independence . These charities are the main reason why we have now problems in ogadian
In late 80s the norwagin and other scandanavian charities brought hundreds thousands refugges from Somali ,now look what they claim. These charities are planting a future bomb to mother Ethiopia.

I say. Deport every single Somali that seeks refugee in Ethiopia. They have now a country called Somalia . Deport these charities. They are the enemy of Christian Ethiopia. let these charities help them in their country. Otherwise ,wait and see in 10-15 years ,they will claim feeding center belongs to them.They soon build their FIRST WAHABI MOSQUE with help of norwagin red cross. They will have in comng month a sharia law and start to destroy churches. Deport these parasites charities.

These kimmmala weyannes are destroying our united country.

11/15/12 @ 22:03
Comment from: C'est moi senait [Visitor]
C'est moi senait

These were the main FINNANCER OF SHABIA DURING 80s and destroyed Ethiopia in every angle. Now, look they are assisting all enemies of Ethiopia inside and outside.

The following charities are the main financier of a so called Ogaden extremist to destroy Ethiopian unity and Christianity .

In order to respond to the humanitarian emergency and high influx of Somali refugees, NRC started operations in Ethiopia in July 2011 in close cooperation with the Ethiopian government, the UN and NGOs. NRC is currently assisting Eritrean refugees in the north, South Sudanese refugees in the east and Somali refugees in the South with shelter and education, benefitting more than 56,200 vulnerable people. NRC has secured funding from several sources to implement its projects in Ethiopia. The main donors include Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA), European Commission for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO), The UN Refugee Agency (UNHRC), Humanitarian Relief Foundation (HRF), Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and US Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM)

11/15/12 @ 22:16
Comment from: C'est moi senait [Visitor]
C'est moi senait

Do not trust these charities .

First they organise these soma lies

Second they finance them with oil money

Third they start to claim with guns .

The only thing these charities do not bring them is WEAPONS to fight against Ethiopia in directly. They are moving the Somalian problem to Ethiopia.
WAKE UP MY FELLOW TRUE ETHIOPIA.

they are now sterilising the amharans with Radation and in 5-10 years, the nr. Of new born child in amhara region will decress by 1/2 because of radiation that will kill our population slowly and here they are bringing refugees from every corner of Somalis,Eritrea and Pakistan, Afghanistan to invade us by these charities help.

11/15/12 @ 22:26
Comment from: my2cents [Visitor]
my2cents

Senait,
No reason to be overly alarmed. Yes, it is an extremely evil time where the Creator has turned His face from us. You can however trigger a change by attending Church and not missing, by praying your share and praying for your country; and most of all, by perfecting your christianity ethos.

http://alturl.com/wa9tm

11/16/12 @ 00:25
Comment from: C\'est moi senait [Visitor]
C\'est moi senait

Pray does not bring u any change but a bullet that I trigger on hodams and weyannes head brings change.

11/16/12 @ 01:34
Comment from: C'est moi senait [Visitor]
C'est moi senait

Did you see a satellite disc on the picture above, they are already connected by help org. to communicate with latest tec with Ogaden terrorist, Al Qaida and a musliems brothers in Quatar and Saudi. I just intercepted one of the disc that they are asking a Saudi and Quatar govt. to build them a grand mosque there and establishe a shara law.
Thanks to norwagin red cross they can now connect to Pakistan and Afghanistan to come here and train them how to kill orthodox Christians and drive them out from our land.

11/16/12 @ 02:00
Comment from: Ash [Visitor]
Ash

Do u know u can replace metal with bamboo?

Check out bamboo bicycle make out of bamboo. Bamboo is very strong and light weight .. Sea the video

In Ghana they make bicycle out of bamboo

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=zBcGoUgzhQk

11/16/12 @ 06:51
Comment from: Ejole Ambo [Visitor]
Ejole Ambo

The narrow,nasty and negative women C’est moi senait:

“You should tell yourself frequently ‘I will only react to constructive suggestions.’This gives you positive ammunition against your own negative thoughts and those of others.”

“Haters never win.I just think that is true about life,because negative energy always costs in the end.”

11/16/12 @ 10:05
Comment from: my2cents [Visitor]
my2cents

At the high end, Mr. Phone Win says, he has hosted a parade of foreigners looking to invest in the country. Many leave unfulfilled. “Billionaires are coming here on their private planes, but no one can make deals,” he said.

The common refrain among foreign investors these days is “wait and see.”

Before elections in 2010, Myanmar was both one of the most brutal dictatorships in Asia and a closed, command economy where government factories churned out a variety of items like soap and bicycles.

http://alturl.com/v4xfk

11/17/12 @ 03:51
Comment from: Abba [Visitor]
Abba

Ce moi, is right. We already have imported 5 million muslims in the Ogaden, we don’t want any more.
Norwegian Refugee Council? I thought Scandinevians are anti Ethiopia, what the hell are they doing there. To encourage ONLF to do more terrorism? Or to bring some more millions of muslims to Christian Ethiopia?

11/17/12 @ 04:21
Comment from: Southerner [Visitor]
Southerner

We all ashamed of amhara`s ignoble mess they left us with.

The Amhara dominated governemnts ruled ethiopia for the past 100+ years, and the only legacy they left ethiopia and ethiopians is poverty,war and tribalism.

11/17/12 @ 20:15
Comment from: my2cents [Visitor]
my2cents

This is one of those topics where our ingenuity shoul d be inspired. The Scandinavians are of course very creative and leave behind them their signature footprints wherever they they have been. In this age where our princely stature have been annuled, the occupation of architecture and building should appeal to us. After all, building anything is more practical than the other traditional disciplines.
Checkout M.I.T’s free online courses on Architecture among others at www.ocw.mit.com.

http://alturl.com/gaxhr

11/17/12 @ 22:40
Comment from: Dallas [Visitor]
Dallas

Southerner,

The amharas ruled for 100 + 2900 years. You are Denkoro!!

11/18/12 @ 03:50
Comment from: Gragn Ahmed [Visitor]
Gragn Ahmed

dalllas
I know where you are. You will be dismantled ante aara wayane.

11/18/12 @ 20:24

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