This remote village is sprawled over the desolate peaks of the Tigray region. Camels, donkeys and cattle wander throughout. Villagers here once spent days searching for water, and children who attended school did so in stick huts. But, with the help of our donors, that has all changed.
located in the northernmost part of Ethiopia
This quiet mountain village is home to 13,000 people who persevere despite the difficult terrain. Like many villages in this region, the main source of livelihood is agriculture. Villagers grow crops like teff, cabbage, and lettuce and herd animals including donkeys, camels and cows.
The land may be tough, but so are the people. By necessity, the residents Senale are resilient. They are also joyful and welcoming, as the Glimmer team has witnessed on our dozens of visits with the community. Women and men sing and dance with flags and drums in elaborate welcome ceremonies, as children gather to watch or join in.
Why We Chose Senale
When we arrived in Senale in 2010, the need was immediately apparent. Women and children spent their days hiking steep, dangerous mountain trails in search of water, which was often contaminated and made people sick. Residents also suffered from other illnesses, diseases and maternal complications. Senale needed a fully equipped health center that would provide a safe place for treatment.
In addition, schools in Senale were stick huts -- small and poorly lit. These facilities not only made it hard to learn, but also made attending school unattractive to many children. See our progress.
In the mountains of Tigray region, Senale is situated only five miles from the border with the Afar region. Only about 12 miles to the southwest is the historic peak of Amba Alagi, the site of several battles throughout Ethiopia’s history, the first in the Italo-Ethiopian War in the late 19th century.
About forty miles to the north is the Tigrayan capital of Mek’ele, while some thirty miles to the west is the border with the Amhara Region. All around Senale is beautiful and unforgiving terrain.
The People: Meet Genat
This is Genat. When we met her in September of 2013, she was in sixth grade and had begun attending school at one of the newly constructed schools in this area.
Before Glimmer built the new school, Genat and hundreds of children like her could only go to school in crowded and dirty stick huts. Even worse, these conditions deterred many children from attending school at all. But, with the help of our donors, we’ve brought the children of Senale an invaluable gift: the chance to better themselves through education.
Rapid Response Saved Lives
Glimmer brought lifesaving food to thousands during devasting drought
Thanks to our supporters, Glimmer provided emergency relief in two communities hardest hit by the severe drought in Ethiopia. In March, we launched a food program at 13 schools across Senale and AdiKeyh villages in the Tigray... Continue Reading
Drought Update: Donna's Visit to Senale and AdiKeyh
Message from Glimmer’s Founder and CEO
I returned last week from a trip to Ethiopia that took me to several communities where Glimmer has worked for years. In the Senale and AdiKeyh villages in Tigray, I saw the land visibly exhausted and depleted from the severe... Continue Reading
Personal Update from the Field: When we arrived in Senale, we were greeted with drumming and singing. Dust rose up from the circle of villagers gathered in the town’s main street and the Ethiopian flag waved high above a... Continue Reading
We are excited to share that Glimmer recently completed construction on our first round of health, education and water projects in Senale! The 38 new water projects and a deep borehole well now provide more than 15,000 community... Continue Reading
On a recent trip to Senale, our staff met 18-year-old Senbetua Hagos who had just given birth to her first child at the new Senale Health Center. Glimmer staff arrived just as Senbetua’s relatives began a traditional Ethiopian... Continue Reading
For the thousands of people living in and around Senale, change is on the horizon! Construction on the Senale Health Center is more than halfway complete and wells that will provide clean water close to home are underway. The... Continue Reading
THANK YOU, SENALE SUPPORTERS
We are grateful to everyone who supported our work in Senale. Your support helped change life in this village!
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