Alongside our local partner, the Aged and Children Pastoralist Association, we provide water to thousands of drought-affected older people and their families in Shinille zone, Somali Regional State.
We have also empowered older people to lead water and sanitation projects and decide where to build latrines and wells. Their local knowledge of where to build proved crucial after the flood in Erar Woreda in April 2010: the wells they built remained standing, while many others were washed away.
Currently, we are working to ensure older people have secure incomes through livelihood projects, to raise awareness of the role older people play in caring for those affected by HIV and AIDS, and to strengthen older people's associations so they have more influence in the decision making processes that affect them.
The difference we made in 2010-2011
- We have given food, healthcare, shelter, and clothing to over 870 vulnerable older people and their families. Volunteers also delivered meals to 50 bed-ridden older people.
- Because of our policy work, older people are now included in the Federal Strategic Plan on HIV and AIDS.
- We provided cash transfers to 960 older people affected by the current drought so their basic needs can be met.
Over the next year, we will:
- Provide over 1,500 older people in the Dollo Ado camp with age-friendly food, health, and shelter.
- Reach 6,400 households in Borana, in collaboration with Cafod/Trocaire/Sciaf and continue our work distributing cash transfers, food, and animal feed.
- Help 1,577 households to prepapre for potential floods in the Alemata district in north Ethiopia.
- Continue our work with the National Social Protection Platform to push forward a social protection policy for older people.
Aged and Children Pastoralist Association