Mobile basic health care & awareness programme
Due to the particular requirements of the Afar nomads, our health care and awareness programmes are organized on a mobile basis: approximately 150,000 persons in the districts of Awra, Uwwa, Chifra (Afar zone 4), Gewaane and Gala’alu (zone 1), many of whom have never had access to any form of medical care before, profit from the selfless devotion of our mobile health workers and our traditional birth attendants, all of whom are members of the various Afar clans.
Simple treatments are carried out in situ. Severely ill patients are transported to the nearest hospital (which is often quite far away) in our SONNE ambulance car. Particular care is paid to pregnant women and young mothers. Basic prophylactic, hygienic and sanitary measures as well as health awareness programmes that lead to the introduction of very simple methods (the use of soap and mosquito nets, the boiling of water) have produced amazing results! The practice of FGM (female genital mutilation) has not been eradicated completely yet, but awareness has increased – and we will do our utmost to put an end to this inhuman archaic tradition!
Our mobile schools
In order to bring education to these people who are continually on the move, SONNE’s local partner APDA has introduced the concept of mobile schools: the teachers, themselves members of the respective Afar tribe, move along with the nomads and teach them wherever they may be at the time. This approach has proved extremely successful. Altogether, approximately 15.000 children and adults have learned to read and write and quite a few have moved on to higher education and even to university!
Sustainable famine relief – goats for families in need
In order to alleviate the aftermath of several terrible droughts in recent years, SONNE-International will supply hundreds of suffering families in the northern Afar Region with small herds of up to ten goats in early 2018.