With assistance from the Australian Government, which matched each dollar donated, 237 drought-destitute households had their goat herds restocked and our partner APDA educated families on how to care for these animals. The results of this program have been terrific with many lives saved.
Lack of access to maternal and child health care in the nomadic Afar region means a high infant mortality rate, high maternal death rates, and poor health and nutrition for the surviving children.With help from substantial funding from AusAID, Anglican Overseas Aid is embarking on a major project over five years to address these challenges, building on the strengths of its previous work in the Afar region.
Inspirational Australian nurse Valerie Browning lives and works with the nomadic Afar people of Ethiopia. Valerie established APDA with her Afar husband Ismael Ali Gardo, in order to tackle the enormous difficulties which the Afar people face.
Prior to 2000, the community was without health and education services. With Anglican Overseas Aid help, the Afar Pastoral Development Association (APDA) has been able to provide primary health care, health education as well as literacy and non-formal education.