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June 2021 update: Crisis in Tigray continues
From Ms Simret Gidena, District Enderta, sub-district Aragure:
"As a result of the ongoing conflict in Tigray, we are forced to hide ourselves somewhere away from our homes or stay at home for days. In addition to this the water point that was closest to us was damaged and the problem of getting clean water was so difficult. There are many reasons why we are not able to collect water for our daily use from a place where it is available. There are many things that threatened us to move freely to get water while the conflict is going on. However, now we are so pleased and relieved that our closest water point is fixed by REST. We can witness what REST has done for us during these times and we are so proud what they have done for us. We are now becoming able to collect water smoothly. Thank you REST and its partners for being by our side."Appeal for funds for planting season and wells rehabilitation
Our immediate project with REST will be the restoration of damaged potable water supplies in 80 secured villages to provide water for 14,400 villagers.
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Our audited accounts for the year ended 30 June 2020 are available here. Our annual income of $282,000 involved admin costs of less than 1%. We report annually to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission - acnc.gov.au - where you can find also our report. We have been pleased to continue to minimize our reserves, and last financial year sent $394,890 to Ethiopia for our village water supply program.
Our partner, The Relief Society of Tigray (REST) supplying emergency water containers and distributing soap.
Our 2020 and 2021 programs
Our program in 2020 focused on two regions in Ethiopia. The main program was with the Relief Society of Tigray (REST) in northern Ethiopia. The program of construction of wells for 7200 people in 40 villages was interrupted in November when conflict broke out between the Tigray Regional administration on one side and the Ethiopian and Eritrean armies and Amhara militia on the other. Roughly half of our wells were completed, the rest expected completion by the end of December. The Eritrean army in particular has engaged in killing and raping and wholesale looting and damage of crops, houses, health facilities, factories, schools and water supplies. The Eritreans are now under intense international pressure to leave and allow for some rebuilding to occur.
REST has also been the recipient of a major food donation from the US Government.
WellWishers Trustees have agreed to initially fund the urgent restoration of wells in 80 villages. We expect this will be our focus in Tigray for some months. Our supporters have responded generously to our appeal for funds. Thank you everyone.
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