90% of the population of Burundi are subsistence farmers but many women are unable to contribute because they have no childcare options. The emerge poverty free Toddlers’ Day Care Centre in Gitega, Burundi will provide that childcare, and an opportunity to educate the mothers about health and nutrition.
emerge poverty free is really excited to see the SG1 up and running in Eldoret, Kenya. SG1 is short for ‘solar grow 1’, which is an amazing fully self-contained agricultural unit. Invented by our partner Boundless Horizons, the SG1 is a solar powered mobile germination factory capable of producing vast numbers of seedlings for a wide variety of crops, far faster than traditional farming methods.
emerge poverty free is sending a revolutionary agricultural system to Eldorat in Kenya. Produced by Kent Science Park-based company Boundless Horizons, the Solar Grow 1 (SG1) system will help improve food security in the town.
During last year’s food crisis in East Africa, food shortages caused prices to skyrocket across the region. Eldorat is a relatively fertile place but many people, especially those living in poverty, faced a struggle to survive.
80 drums (17 tonnes) of dried vegetable soup mix have arrived in Paarl, South Africa to our partners,l Monte Christo Miqlat. Used for feedings at community centres and schools, this soup is a key component to the daily nutrition of thousands of people for the year. Despite South Africa's status as the wealthiest country in Africa, over half of its population regularly experiences severe hunger and 10% of children are malnourished.
Yet again cholera is spreading and affecting this earthquake-shattered country. Health officials expect 200,000-250,000 people to contract the disease this year.
Fresh water is hard to come by in Cité Soleil but as rain hits the ground, it turns from helpful to harmful. The water quickly becomes stagnant, flooding rubbish-filled drains and pooling in and around the slums people call home. Kids play in the streets, splashing around in the contaminated water and the safety of drinking water is questionable.
"We used to cook and clean,
And fetch and carry water
But now we have the chance
To decide on our future."
The all-women choir sang their own composition to celebrate the opening of their new dormitory at the Teacher Training College in Ikotos, South Sudan. The new dormitory sleeps 30 students and was funded by emerge poverty free and a grant from The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Trust .
These 30 female trainee teachers represent a major leap forward for the role of women in one of the world’s newest but poorest countries.
Today marks the second anniversary of the terrible earthquake that hit Haiti at 16.53, local time on the 12th January 2010. Because the epicentre of the earthquake was over the capital city, Port-au-Prince, the effects of the earthquake were terrible as many as 300,000 people may have been killed. Almost 3 million people were injured or made homeless.
Please join the people of Haiti, our supporters and staff in taking a few moments of your day to remember the loss and hardship suffered 2 years ago.
2011 has been a tough year for the millions of people affected by the terrible drought and food shortages across the Horn of Africa. It has been estimated that up to 100,000 people dies between April and August as a result of the crisis.
emerge poverty free launched its appeal in June and has had 2 further follow up appeals since. At a time when many here are suffering financial hardship, the response of our supporters has been amazing and we have been able to save thousands of lives through our feeding centres in Turkana.
Last month emerge poverty free launched an appeal to help those suffering as a result of the terrible food crisis in East Africa.
Across the region over 10 million people are at risk from starvation as the crisis takes its grip. Our appeal is focusing on the badly affected region of Northern Kenya and we are working with longstanding local partners in the region.
The terrible food crisis in the Horn of Africa that has been growing for the last 6 months is worsening by the day.
The drought that has effected Somalia and Ethiopia is causing starvation and misery to people already suffering greatly from poverty. An estimated 150,000 refugees have fled to camps in Dolo Ado on the border of Kenya and Ethiopia and Dadaab, also in Kenya. But the crisis is far reaching, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan have chronic food shortages as well.