Beer & Barley

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Beer and hard work don’t often go hand in hand, but for Ethiopian Almaz Tadsaa they are the essential ingredients of her farming success.A small-scale farmer close to Galema mountain in Southern Ethiopia, Almaz is expecting to sell four and a half tonnes of malt barley, when she harvests her crops this Autumn. She is hoping to earn more than €1,000 from the transaction – a record for this hard-working mother of four.

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An Elephant’s Tale

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25 year old Lennart and Patuma Kamwesa (22) smile when they think about the unusual origins of the ‘chilli club’ that they are members of in their small village of Kalimwi in Balaka, Malawi.

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Working with schools

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Self Help Africa is involved in an innovative new programme that is leading the promotion and implementation of global citizenship education in Ireland, on behalf of the Irish Government. A new programme for post-primary schools across Ireland, ‘WorldWise Global Schools (WWGS) is tasked with increasing the number, spread and mix of schools engaging with quality development education activities.

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Think Africa @ Electric Picnic

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Concert goers at one of the Summer’s biggest rock festivals got to ‘Think Africa’, when they took part in a novel video project hosted by Self Help Africa at Ireland’s Electric Picnic. Over 120 festival fans took part in the project, while thousands more viewed the resulting video clip within a week of it being posted on YouTube.

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Abseiling for Africa

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More than 50 volunteers bravely banished any fears of heights, as they abseiled for Africa at a series of events organized in Limerick over the past year. Munster Rugby’s iconic Thomond Park stadium and Ireland’s tallest hotel, The Clarion, were two of the locations, as volunteers literally took the plunge to raise funds to support our work.

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Back on their Bikes

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Fresh from their gruelling ten-months overland charity challenge half way around the globe and the boys behind were back on their bikes (literally), plotting an extraordinary endurance event that will bring some of the world’s toughest athletes together, next Spring. Athletes from the UK, United States, mainland Europe and Ireland will compete in, which is being organized by Maghnus Collins Smyth and David Burns as a charity event for Self Help Africa.

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World Champ Strikes Gold in Galway

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During last year’s Olympic Games in London, David Rudisha’s 800m gold medal performance made him the star of the show. On a recent flying visit to Ireland the world title-holder showed his 24-carat mettle as a person by becoming a champion of a different kind to thousands of Irish fans. The jet-heeled world-record breaker thrilled children by visiting no less than 16 schools, a university, and also competed alongside hundreds of runners in a series of specially arranged events.

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Sopranos Star and Miss USA

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It’s some years since larger than life TV mafioso Vincent ‘Big Pussy’ Pastore thrilled audiences as a star of hit series ‘The Sopranos’. He was back in the limelight for Self Help Africa recently when he joined former Miss USA Nana Meriwether to take part in New York’s 9/11 charity day organized by Wall Street’s BGC Associates.

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Mtukula Agriculture Enterprise Fund

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Supporting women farmers is central to the work that Self Help Africa is doing to eradicate hunger and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa.The Mtukula Agricultural Enterprise Fund (MAEF) was established in 2012, with the express objective of promoting and supporting agri-businesses that could generate extra income for women in Southern Africa. Launched in Malawi and Zambia, the fund received more than 130 proposals in response to an initial call for submissions, before selecting four innovative business ideas for piloting.

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The Meki Batu Fruit and Veg Co-Op

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Formed in Meki town, Ethiopia, as an agricultural union to represent the interests of 12 producer groups across a district that was the site of one of Self Help Africa’s earliest agricultural projects, Meki Batu Fruit and Vegetable Growers Cooperative is virtually unrecognisable today from the organization that was created in 2002.

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