Soon in Eritrea: The container was loaded with tools, watering cans, bicycles and school benches. © Photo: Hermsdorf-Hiss
NEW AID TRANSPORTATION OF THE WATER FOUNDATION EBENHAUSEN
Watering cans for Eritrea
by Sabine Hermsdorf-Hiss
Königsdorf / Ebenhausen - Water is the livelihood of human life, but not everywhere there is as much as ours. For example in Eritrea. That's why Ebenhausen Water Foundation has once again prepared an aid shipment to Africa, with 1700 tools, 700 pourers, 150 bicycles and a few school desks.
Königsdorf / Ebenhausen - "We have been supporting the Green Clubs for four years," says Chairman Ernst Frost, while watching the truck loading.
Four refugees, who are currently staying in Königsdorf and Geretsried, help to lift donated bicycles onto the back of the truck. The Green Clubs were founded in 2001 by the Ministry of Agriculture and a group of environmental activists in Eritrea.
"There are now 530 clubs with 14,000 active members," adds Frost. Their goal is to impart knowledge in theory and practice on horticulture, reforestation, water and soil protection and water abstraction. "Eritrea used to be 30 percent forest," Frost predicts. "Now it's only 0.5 to one percent." But to grow something or dig wells, it takes tools. And here the water foundation comes into play.
The water foundation also conveys knowledge
"The Krumpholz company from Kulmbach provides us with rakes, spades, cross and pickaxes at cost price," says the foundation's chairman gratefully. "We will distribute them to the Green Clubs." Among other things, school gardens have already been created. Similarly, in the school's own clubs, the raising of young plantlets and the planting and protecting trees is learned. "The youth are our target group, they carry the knowledge further into their villages." Therefore, get students involved in their free time in the clubs, as an incentive bicycles and solar lamps. So you want to get away from the usual lighting with kerosene lamps. Frost: "The smoke causes eye irritation, lung and respiratory diseases." Since 2013, the Water Foundation has sent four containers with goods worth € 72,000 to Eritrea.