Children of the Dump Project
A heartrending video called Children of the Dump, by Dave Parry, which can be viewed on his site at davemakesitmove.com/africa.html or YouTube, shows how a dump is a home for 8,000 people in the city of Addis Abba, Ethiopia. This situation exists not just in this country but in many.
The city houses around 10 million people, with about 1 million who live on the street. The poorest of the poor are the people who live on the dump: women, children, and the elderly. Their home is made out of whatever they can get from the dump, where often nine families share a makeshift room, with five or more people in a bed. Their existence goes from day to day, and many people are infected with leprosy and HIV.
DevXchange volunteers based out of Canada have assisted in Ethiopia to bring about sustainability, to make a change. A program called Bethal Fund was initiated by one of the people who survived living on the dump and is now leading the project to help other children of the dump by providing food, clothing, medical services, and a place to go to school. It gives the children an opportunity to get out of the dump. Please help the program through corporate donations to make a difference in a child's life (see Figure 2.1).
Helping People Help People
The vision of DevXchange to help the world for sustainability by helping people help people is making a difference. The planting of the Moringa tree brought about a radical change to the Gumuz tribe, helping
to reduce the spread of malaria and HIV/AIDS, improving their health and bringing about sustainability for them and their land.
The video The Gumuz, by Dave Parry, shows the importance of sustainability for this tribe in Western Ethiopia near the Nile River. The Gumuz are primitive, with a history of violence and intertribal fighting. This tribe takes what they need from the land, still hunting with bow and arrow and then leaving the land, which was once a lush jungle with vast forests of bamboo, barren. To survive they have killed off most of the wildlife and destroyed much of the environment, selling wood for charcoal.
The mortality rate for children under five is over 50 percent. Children are taught to kill when they are toddlers. People were afraid to go to help the tribe due to their violent nature. This tribe faced serious health challenges, such as malnutrition, malaria, and HIV/AIDS (see Figure 2.2).
Moringa Tree Known as “Miracle Tree” for Sustainability
Innovation is key not only for business but also for organizations that work to bring an improved quality of life for the poor and hungry.
DevXchange had a vision and worked on a pilot project in Ethiopia for over three years, planting 300,000 Moringa trees, better known as
the miracle tree, and teaching better forest-management techniques and farming methods with soil-conservation practices.
The leaves of this fast-growing tree can be eaten and have been found to prevent and cure malaria. The foliage has three times more iron than spinach, as much protein as eggs, seven times more vitamin C than oranges, four times more vitamin A than carrots, four times more calcium than milk, and three times more potassium than bananas. In its first year the drought-tolerant Moringa can reach a height of three meters and grows best in arid conditions. (See Figure 2.3.)