April 19, 2022
By Naba Gurung
As announced April 14, PWRDF has allocated $90,000 from its reserves to an ACT Alliance appeal supporting the people of Ethiopia, in particular the residents of Tigray.
For the past two years, as conflict and violence has continued, the people of Tigray have been denied foreign aid due to a government enforced blockade. COVID restrictions have worsened supply chain and food security issues. In January 2021, PWRDF supported an ACT Alliance appeal with $35,000. This new allocation will build on past work of Lutheran World Federation, through the ACT Alliance. It will support safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for those who are most vulnerable, especially people who have been displaced as they have fled to safety.
LWF Ethiopia will be working in the newly established Seba Care IDP camp in Mekelle, prioritizing WASH and protection services in “Block M.” The funds will be used to extend the pipeline that LWF is laying to the existing and new water points in Block M, benefitting approximately 1,500 people, plus the host community living nearby which is estimated to be around 300,000 households.
Using funds from the ACT appeal, LWF has drilled a deep borehole in Seba Care which will be the main ground water source for the entire camp. LWF is currently working with the Tigray Electric Utility to install a transformer and connect the water supply system to the grid system. PWRDF’s contribution builds on and will complete work that had been started last year.
LWF is also planning to use PWRDF funds to set up a child-friendly facility in Block M.