Villages of Gondar
The Villages of Gondar are made up of 10 farming communities nestled near the shores of Lake Tana, Ethiopia’s largest lake and the source of the Blue Nile.
The landscape is dotted with bright green fields of teff and millet. Farmers here work year-round growing crops to feed their families.
located in the northwestern part of Ethiopia
Why We Chose Gondar
One of the most striking areas of hardship here is education. Schools are in extremely poor condition — students struggle to focus on lessons in dark classrooms with mud seats and no windows. A single textbook is often shared by four or more students.
In addition, 40% of residents lack access to clean water. Local health posts are also in disrepair. Small and poorly stocked, they are insufficient to meet the needs of nearly 50,000 residents who depend on them for maternal care, vaccinations and other health services. Learn how you can get involved with Glimmer's work in Gondar.
In late 2014, Glimmer began work in the Villages of Gondar. We’ll spend multiple years working here, addressing the most critical needs first.
Better schools, improvements in health care and clean water close to home will change lives in these communities. Microfinance loans will help families break the cycle of extreme poverty. And strong support from the local government, community members and our construction partners will ensure the success and sustainability of the projects for years to come. Learn more about Glimmer’s plan.
In these close-knit communities, elders are well respected and often called upon to help resolve social issues. Residents also place a special importance on education. In spite of the dilapidated state of most schools, communities work together at the beginning of each school year to encourage students to enroll.
Farming is a way of life in the villages. In addition to growing food for their families, many residents also travel to nearby markets in Maskegnit Town, Tseda and Gondar to sell goods, livestock and services.
The Villages of Gondar are located in the central Amhara Region, near the shores of Lake Tana, Ethiopia’s largest lake and the source of the Blue Nile. Because of the proximity to the lake, malaria is a persistent threat, particularly during and after the rainy season.
The nearest major city is just northwest of the villages. A bustling mountain town located at 7000 ft above sea level, it was once the capital of the Ethiopian Empire in the 17th century.
Revolutionizing Rural Community Development
The community came together to collaborate and commit as part of our groundbreaking launching workshop in Gondar
Glimmer led an exciting workshop in the Villages of Gondar—bringing together our local construction partners, local government representatives, and community members from each of the 10 villages in Gondar. Villagers traveled... Continue Reading
Support the Villages of Gondar
Glimmer is in our second year of work in the Villages of Gondar. We made great progress in 2015 with seven schools, 11 water wells and a health center. In the coming years, we'll build additional schools, wells and health clinics, and provide microfinance loans to help families start and expand businesses. Donate and help support the transformation of these villages!
Annual Fundraising Goal: $1.4 million
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In our second year of work, we will raise $1.4 million to bring lifesaving projects to the Villages of Gondar.
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