Working in partnership with The Big Give, a Big Give champion and a generous Send a Cow supporter agreed to match the first £37,500 raised by this year’s Christmas appeal. Thanks to amazing supporters like you we have now raised £37,500 which will be doubled to £75,000 – how brilliant is that!
After hearing about the incredible impact of the Big Give, a generous Send a Cow donor also offered to match a further £5,000 raised online, helping us increase our total from £75,000 to £85,000 – thank you so much to everyone that donated and made this all possible.
While there are no longer matched funds available, you can still show your support for families Dessie’s as they become more resilient to the effects of climate change by making a donation today. Please note that although your donation can no longer be doubled, your support is deeply appreciated and your gift will make all the difference to farming families this Christmas.
Will you help families like Dessie’s this Christmas?
In Ethiopia, families like Dessie’s are farming day in, day out, on hard dry land, to provide food for their children and generate an income. However, extreme weather caused by climate change has made prolonged drought and flash flooding worse. Families are losing their crops and as a result, they are facing extreme hunger and poverty. Dessie knows this all too well.
“Climate change is killing us. We had no such problems in the past. We used to grow whatever we planted. We produced lentil, pea or barley in winter and oat, wheat, bean, pea and potato in autumn. There was no extreme weather.
Now the weather is making the farmer hopeless.”
But there is hope for a better future. Planting trees could give the land a new lease of life.
With the right training, families like Dessie’s can become more resilient to climate change and combat its devastating effects. They will be able to provide for their families from their land.
Families like Dessie’s will learn how they can restore the tired land, ravaged by climate change and deforestation, by planting life-changing trees. Trees help to prevent erosion, provide shade for other crops and their dropped leaves nourish the soil. Healthy soils, supported by trees, result in higher yields and a greater variety of crops for families to eat and sell for vital income.
Families like Dessie’s will also learn to build energy-saving stoves, reducing the amount of firewood needed for fuel, helping to protect the trees and forests they already have. And by learning the skills to build and maintain a rainwater catchment tank, families will have water available all year to keep their trees and crops healthy.