Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Training the Village of Bole Bulbula

Last week, IHH hosted training at Bole Bulbula, a small impoverished village just on the outskirts of Addis Ababa. Literally, the village is within a mile of the Addis airport, but the village itself is small and seems to be very remote from the city.

The training at Bole Bulbula went on for four days and ended on Friday by giving out certificate for the trainees.

The people who attended the training include parents of the children who are going to be sponsored and members of the society who are in extreme poverty. The rest include members of other churches in the surrounding area. Also, pastors and elders of Mesgana church were there.

During the training, Mr. Girma, the trainer, started by speaking on how God speaks on work in the Bible. He gave the training using easy & natural materials available around their village. The training covered two major areas:

1. Natural medicines and protection: For malaria, diabetes, skin disease, hair protection, to protect against mosquitoes, mouse traps.

2. Income generation: Alcohol distillation, soap making, extraction of essential oils, creation of chalk for schools, solid fuel from alcohol, and other ways of creating income.

What makes the training so special was that there was a prayer and Bible study in between the training and lunch time which blessed every one. The pastor of the local church at Bole Bulbula, Pastor Gezahegn, told us that most of the people in that area are engaged in ancestral worship so it was a great opportunity for them to hear the gospel.

All of the families personally thanked the IHH team stating that they are very happy to share knowledge with their community, and they also wished to thank IHH’s contributors in God’s name.

Our training and self-sustaining income generation projects will continue in Bole Bulbula. The next step is going to be organizing the workers into groups and helping to prepare the work materials. Through these efforts, our hope is that the village is able to improve their situation and give them hope for a sustaining means of income. Our objective is to also see God glorified in all of these efforts.

1 comment:

  1. They plant their crops at the beginning of the rainy season, which just began last week. They harvest their crops and feed their families. If there's any extra, they sell it so they can have enough money to send their children to school or to go to the doctor when sick.