“Please come help us” was the cry from the Afar People of Ethiopia when Solana Beach Presbyterian Church first visited the region in 1999. In response to the self-identified ”forgotten people”, SBPC formed a covenant partnership with the local Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) and the people of the Afar; creating the Friends of the Afar ministry. Now, after twenty years of friendship and tangible support, we continue to hear the fervent request from local partners, teachers, religious and civic leaders saying, “We’ve only just begun; please continue to help us.”
In 2020, we’re celebrating twenty years of this blooming partnership. The Friends of the Afar’s vision for the future is to continue to impact the region through increased health and sanitation services, access to safe water and food security, and empowering women and children through education. This will be done by strengthening our ties with EECMY, along with Afar civic leaders and representatives.
To truly celebrate this partnership and dream of what 2020 and beyond has in store for the people of the Afar, we walk into the future while being mindful and thankful of what has been accomplished in the past…

Health+Medical

Before the intervention of EECMY and SBPC, people were traveling long distances to receive health care. The lack of education on sanitation and the spread of diseases meant the infant mortality rate was very high. The Friends of the Afar increased access to health care in many villages and promoted education about diseases such as Malaria and pneumonia.
> 5 health centers have been built serving 25,000 people
> Vaccinations increased from 30% of the population to 95%
> Up to 80% reduction in female circumcision
> 35 midwives have been trained
> Healthcare coverage has increased from 39% in 2003 to 76% in 2019

Education

Through the Keep A Girl in School (KAGIS) program, the Friends of the Afar have helped many young women realize their potential by gaining an education. When Afari girls become teenagers they begin working at home or in the fields, but because of the KAGIS program they are now in school and dreaming about their futures.
> 10 schools built (out of a total of 29 functioning schools in the region)
> Primary school enrollment since 2010 increased from 5,800 to 12,600
> Dropout rate among girls decreased from 11% to 4.4%
> 12 girls clubs provide extra tutoring and support
> 370 girls are currently supported through KAGIS scholarships

Water+Sanitation

A large percentage of the Afar people have no access to safe drinking water. Many locals use the river and other unprotected water sources for personal use. These unprotected sources are exposed to contamination from livestock and wild animals in the region. Through our partnership, wells were dug and water pipelines were installed in 2 villages, along with a finished water purification system and another in the planning stages.
> 15 water wells have been dug
> 10 miles of pipeline laid out bringing water to 4 schools
> Hygiene clubs operating in 12 schools
> 1,700 families benefiting from new irrigation canals

Food Security

Afari herders and farmers have achieved a significant increase in agricultural development during our 20-year partnership. Techniques in sustainable farming now allows them to stay in one place longer and not only feed their families but also add to their income through additional irrigated farmland, access to improved crop yield and increased livestock production.
> 2x increase in household income due to surplus in farm production
> 115,000 cattle and 3,700 sheep/goats vaccinated each year
> 600 families now grow forage crops sufficient for their herds
> 17 new women’s savings groups empowering 255 women to generate income

COME SERVE
WITH US

JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL MISSION TRIP
CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF THE AFAR PARTNERSHIP

What Will We Do?
-Deepen relationships with our Ethiopian partners
-Present in local churches and communities
-Visit and serve in schools and clinics our gifts have built
-Grow in our faith as we see God on the move

Dates: October 9-19, 2020
Cost: $2,500.00 (Subject to change due to fluctuating airfare)
Team Size: 20 People

COME SERVE
WITH US

JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL MISSION TRIP
CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF THE AFAR PARTNERSHIP

What Will We Do?
-Deepen relationships with our Ethiopian partners
-Present in local churches and communities
-Visit and serve in schools and clinics our gifts have built
-Grow in our faith as we see God on the move

Dates: October 9-19, 2020
Cost: $2,500.00 (Subject to change due to fluctuating airfare)
Team Size: 20 People

Forgotten no More…

The people of the Afar are no longer forgotten. Yearly trips to the Ethiopian desert throughout the last twenty years have kept our relationship strong. Because of our faithful service and love, the Afar have WELCOMED us with open arms and open hearts.
However, we are not finished. SBPC and EECMY are committed to continuing this covenant relationship with the people of the Afar through 2020 and beyond.
Help us write the next chapter of this story. The Friends of the Afar plan to take a team in October 2020 to serve and celebrate our partnership in Ethiopia. The trip will focus on all aspects of need to improve their quality of life. We welcome you to join us!

Help Us, Help Them

Help us by giving to our ministry in Ethiopia, joining the mission trip in 2020 or simply becoming a “Friend of the Afar”.

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