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Sahel reporter
SOS Sahel International UK
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SOS Sahel (Organization : London, England) ( lcnaf )
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Africa -- Sahel
أفريقيا - الساحل
Afrique - Sahel
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Catalogued from No. 19, Spring 2015
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VIAF (name authority) : SOS Sahel (Organization : London, England) : URI
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Continued by: SOS Sahel newsletter

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Dear Friend,

Welcome to our spring edition of the Sahel
Reporter. We are pleased to bring you up to date on
our activities in Ethiopia, Sudan and South Sudan
over the last six months.

Morris and Ella from our Oxford office have just
been to visit our environmental project in Ethiopia
(see right), and were amazed by its positive effects
on local land and lives of communities. Professor
Janet Hooke from Liverpool University also visited
the project in October 2014, and was most
impressed by the scale and success of the
rehabilitation of severely degraded land.

As you may know, the security situation in both
Sudan and South Sudan continues to be insecure.
However, with a little flexibility (activities are
amended or adapted when conflicts arise), SOS
Sahel endeavours to reach the communities that
desperately need support.

Late last year we launched the third phase of our
market monitoring project in Darfur, Sudan. In this
EU funded project, we are continuing to analyse
trade, markets and livelihoods in response to
conflict across all five states of Darfur; important
work that no other agency can currently do.

| hope you enjoy reading about some of the work
that you have supported. As always, we would like
to say a big thank you for your generosity and

Hannah Spens-Black, Programme Support Manager


A fellow SOS Sahel Supporter, Richard Elliott, ran the
London Marathon on our behalf and raised an

amazing £2,635 for our work. Thank you Richard!

Are you a keen runner? We have 5 places for the
Oxford Half Marathon in October 2015. Apply now!



The Sahel Reporter

Natural Resource Management Programme

We are nearing the end of our Sustainable Environmental
Rehabilitation Project, in Southern Ethiopia. This year, we
introduced a new activity to improve local water supply. We helped
communities in four districts to build
central water points using pipes to link
local water sources to storage tanks,
and then to taps providing clean water.
The overflow water fills separate cattle
troughs and spaces for washing clothes.
Women now have more time to spend
on income-generating opportunities, as
they no longer have to walk the long

distances to fetch water;

benefit is generally improved health

© SOS Sahel UK, 2015

from cleaner water.

One of our beneficiaries, Anshisu Lenjamo, commented:

“Before, we were taking water in a desperate situation ... Now the water is
much cleaner and we have a chance for our animals to have water during
the summer.”

At the start of the project, the regional government asked us to
manage and develop four central district agricultural nurseries. We
collaborated with local watershed committees to select poor,
unemployed and landless members of the local communities to work
in the nurseries for daily wages. We trained them in nursery
management and they propagated forage and tree seedlings for the
project's rehabilitation of degraded communal land and private sale.
As we approach the end of the project, we want to ensure that the

nursery workers can continue earning from their new trade. So we
are helping them to register as cooperatives, register the land that
has been granted to them by the government, and we are providing
management training and support as well as seeds and seedlings to
start out as small enterprises. The groups will now directly manage

all the profits from their labours
enabling them to thrive after the
project ends.

- Abobetch Isa, Group leader said:

“We are now an organised group,
working and teaching local people
the skills that we have learned.”

Please Give

Single Donation


Could support farmers receiving seeds
and tools in Ethiopia

Could contribute towards conflict
mediation training in South Sudan

Fishing trader, Sudan © SOS Sahel UK; PLOsE

5 10 per month

Could contribute towards a training workshop for

fish processing in Sudan

Where your money goes...

As always, we endeavour to keep our costs in the UK as
low as possible. With just three staff members based in
Oxford in a small shared office space, this means that
more of your money is spent on charitable activities.

Peace Programme

Despite the ongoing conflict across South Sudan, we remain
committed to supporting long-term peace-building activities with our
partner SOS Sahel South Sudan, in particular, promoting sustainable
natural resource management as a tool to avoid local conflict.

In February 2015, as ade ry

part of the Peace and

Prosperity Promotion
Programme, SOS Sahel

South Sudan conducted
training for local

Peete practicing the mediation techniques © SOS Saheg Ce Mela

government. officials in
Warrap State. They were trained on conflict analysis, conflict
management, conflict sensitivity, and mediation techniques. This was
the first training these officials had attended since starting in their
roles, and the majority felt confident that they could go out and pass
on their learning to others. They expressed a request for further
training and ongoing support from SOS Sahel South Sudan, and want
to be involved in future activities to helo them to build closer
relationships with the communities, enabling them to more easily
resolve conflicts as they arise.

Food Security Programme

Our Agricultural and Fishery Production by Smallholders
project in Red Sea State, Sudan is now well under way. We are
helping to improve food security and livelihoods by supporting
farmers and fishermen to use more advanced techniques and
access financial and technical support. We have been busy
conducting training sessions to show farmers and fisherman how
they can access financial and trading services when needed. So far,
the project has been met with interest, support and ownership by
communities, government authorities and other stakeholders alike.

In order to engage more women in fishery, the Friends of Fishermen
Association for Women conducted a training workshop on preparing

Hi fish products (faseekh and
mulooha) in the Suakin locality
earlier in the year. The women
showed interest in practicing
what they learned at home and
some expressed their desire to
have restaurants or fresh fish

sales points.

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