Deforestation and erosion are among the main challenges in Jeldu. Erosion can be arrested through measures aimed at protecting and structuring the soils – e.g. through reforestation, filling erosion ditches or creating terraces. This makes the soil fertile again. Such measures are usually an important prerequisite for being able to tap sources for clean drinking water in the highly eroded areas, as this is the only way to allow the water table to rise again. For example, in the village of Dida:
Erosion ditches such as these near the village of Dida are found all over the new project area of Jeldu.
The source of the Woraba Daba lies at the foot of a slope. Two hundred households fetch their water here every day.
Bird’s-eye view of the Woraba Daba source. Before it can be used, the slope – and therefore the fertile soil – must be protected against further run-off.
Project leader Abayneh Mekkonen discusses with the villagers how they can help with the terracing work and tapping the spring.
Under the direction of Menschen für Menschen, the villagers help to create terraces on the slope.
The population’s participation is particularly important for the continued existence of the projects and their further development.
A daily chore: The population of the village of Dida has taken a real step toward a better future by working on the terraces.