Step into the Gap: Keeping a corner of Ethiopia ‘evergreen’

CAFOD blog

As part of CAFOD’s Step into the Gap programme, Sophie Bray has been spending the past two weeks with communities in Ethiopia. She talks about how access to a reliable water source and renewable electricity is transforming one community and giving hope to many others.

The group in Ethiopia. The group in Ethiopia.

It was during the first week of February on our journey through Northern Ethiopia, when we travelled to a rural town in Mekelle called Lemlem.

After meeting the people who lived in the village, it soon became clear how access to a reliable water source and renewable electricity is transforming their community and giving hope to many others.

Lemlem, whose name locally translates to ‘evergreen’, seems almost ironic on the bumpy drive to the village. When I looked out the window, I could see that the land that surrounded the village was dry and barren.

In Pope Francis’ recent encyclical Laudato…

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