Nokia and Save the Children Finland to provide water, sanitation and health education to Ethiopia
The collaboration between Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks and Save the Children Finland was initiated as a response to the urgent needs of children and their families in Alaba Special Woreda, an area which is severely dependent on rainfall and, where people are forced to travel every day over 20km to fetch water during dry seasons. Due to fluctuations in rainfall, the northern part of Alaba Woreda faces regular shortage of rain which affects the whole community in general but specifically children, who suffer from improper sanitation, water borne diseases and early school drop-out as incomes are reduced when cattle rearing becomes difficult. The impact of the drought has been made worse by the recent increases in food prices, which have further increased the hardships experienced by the community.
partnership emanates from the belief that the solutions to emergency
situations have to be driven by long-term sustainable efforts that
centre on community uplifment, emphasized Micheline Ntiru, Head of
Community Involvement, Nokia Middle East and Africa. Forging partnerships with the local government and community is paramount to bringing meaningful change in any community.
form the most vulnerable group that is worst affected by the current
emergency, therefore our partnership strives to strengthen their right
and access to water and sanitation, as well as enhance the livelihoods
of the community, explains Dr. Tibebu Bogale, Save the Children
Finlands Country Director in Ethiopia. The project aims to improve
the lives of thousands of children and adults with sustainable results
that will allow new community development initiatives to be undertaken
in the future.
this project six community managed water points will be set up in Alaba
Woreda thus leading to improved sanitation and health. Together with
hygiene education as well as cash-for-work initiatives for parents, the
project will ensure that children are able to stay in school through
the drought. In total five basic education centers will be equipped not
only with books but also with solar panels thus harnessing the natural
resource to provide electricity. While we are focusing on alleviating
the community from the prevailing drought and famine, we also believe
that providing the youth with education will go a long way in opening
up opportunities later in life that will enable them and the next
generations to rise out of poverty said Micke Maltusch, Ethiopia
Country Director for Nokia Siemens Networks.
the local community will be trained and equipped with the knowledge and
capacity to properly manage and ensure the sustainability of water
points within the area. Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks and Save the
Children Finland look forward to seeing the children in Alaba Woreda
having access to clean water and health education. As a sign of wider
partnership, project funding will also be supplemented with an upcoming
grant from the Government of Finland and additional financial support
from the Woreda.
The project in Alaba Woreda is part of Save the Childrens humanitarian programme in Ethiopia related to food insecurity and drought. International
Save the Children Alliance members are currently working to help nearly
900,000 people in six of the worst-affected regions. Work includes
setting up work schemes to provide parents with a way to earn food and
money, providing clean water, emergency feeding and healthcare for
malnourished children, delivering veterinary drugs and animal feed to
help families keep their animals alive.
In Africa, Nokia has worked with the Red Cross in Ghana and Kenya,
responding to the devastating floods of 2007 as well as the civil
unrest in early 2008 respectively. In these efforts, Nokia always
emphasizes long-term rehabilitation of devastated communities.