Promote supporting of Poor Farmers
In order to improve the livelihood of poor farmers’ neighboring Gondar town 200 farmers have been selected and benefited with this program. The project in poor farmers support was undertaken in collaboration with the Gondar Town Agricultural office. Selection of poor farmers focusing women who has land and water sources was undertaken by the agricultural office. With this regard about 200 farmers were provided with skill training on vegetable production, vegetable seeds and farm tools. The supported farmers were established their vegetable plots and covered with different varieties of vegetables. As a result the poor farmer families were benefiting in fulfilling their house hold demand and getting extra income from sale of vegetables which all helps in improving their livelihood.
Promote Urban Garden Program (UGP) for HIV/AIDs affected communities
Bridge of Hope with the budget support of USAID has been undertaking Urban Garden project for HIV/AIDs affected women and children. The objective of the project was to improve household nutrition and possibility of earning extra income of HIV/AIDs affected community, with especial emphasis to women and children. In the five year plan it was planned to benefit 280 direct beneficiaries. However during the project period 1586 direct HIV/AIDs affected women and orphan children and 4567 indirect beneficiaries were benefited from this project. Out of the 1586 beneficiaries 973 women and 613 were OVC. The beneficiaries have been involved in vegetable production as well as some in small scale poultry.
Facilitation works were made by BoH so as to secure land from the government schools and the local kebele administrations. In order to run the urban garden program beneficiaries were provided with training, agricultural tools, seeds/seedlings, grower bags, drip irrigation kits, water pumps, covering water bills, fencing materials and continuous technical support.
In addition all the beneficiaries were trained in gardening, saving and loan, nutrition and HIV prevention as well as fruit trees management. More over discussions were also conducted in groups every month and different helpful decisions were made.
During the past five years, 1219 vegetable garden plots and 2004 grower bags have been established so as to produce different vegetable products.
With this regard, beneficiaries were able to grow different vegetable types for at least two times per year. As a result HIV affected women and orphan children have been fulfilling their household vegetable demand from the farm and make money by selling extra vegetable produces. Some beneficiaries were also getting extra income and start other businesses. In addition it creates job opportunity for the HIV affected women and care takers which contributes for better health and leading their everyday life similar to other communities. Most children were also fulfilling the stationary, uniform and other needs by selling vegetable products from their farm.
Small scale poultry production
In order to provide HIV/AIDs affected women and children with balanced diet beneficiaries were also benefited in running small scale poultry production in a household level. During the period about 840 chickens with 70 quintals of concentrated feeds have been distributed for 140 beneficiaries. As a result beneficiaries have been benefited in getting egg for own consumption and also market.