The isolated farming community on the Hudad plateau in Ethiopia is far from infrastructure, education and help, especially in the months of the year when the harsh, high-altitude climate means there’s not enough food. It’s a two and a half hour climb on foot from the nearest town, so all equipment and materials must be carted to the site by hand or donkey, but Reece Grant recipient Allan Kennedy and the small team from Kennedy Plumbing in Breakwater, Vic, is looking forward to it.
“The NGO, Friends of the Hudad, is getting close to finalising the project,” says Allan. “We're going over there to give them a chop out, to do the roofing, fire up the water lines, get them operational and tested, and also get the toilet blocks happening.”
The Reece Grant will help provide the sanitation, which Allan says will also enable the education element. “Education leads to hygiene, and the whole package that goes along with it, as well as growing their own crops. It'll just improve their quality of life all around.”
The constraints of the wet season will split their efforts, commencing with three weeks work from mid-April, and returning in October, when the project will be almost complete. Allan’s looking forward most to working with the local people, who’ve started on the new well, two and a half kilometres away.
“They’ve dug that by hand, and put in the piping, but they haven’t tested any of it. We’re going to make sure it’s all sound. It should make a big difference.”