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August Update

2024-01-08T22:55:19+00:00

Ato Markos reported from rural Maji District this week. At the end of May, work actually began, and this week the crew unspooled pipe and ran it down the hillside to waiting communities. Markos texted, “The people cheered with joy!” I’m going to give you a photo-rich report of the wonderful and shocking progress that the construction crew, led by Ato Markos (MDC Program Manager) and Wzt Helen (District Water Engineer), accomplished in the last three months. But first, let me say that this only happened because Ato Markos pushed and pushed thanklessly behind the scenes for two years, without any [...]

August Update2024-01-08T22:55:19+00:00

Update: Siski and Adikas Clean Water Project

2024-01-08T22:55:20+00:00

Fifty percent of our global citizens and neighbors don't have access to clean water. What a shocking fact that is! This number includes most of the population of the rural Maji District. You may remember that one of MDC's earliest interventions was that we replaced the burnt-out pump at the Maji Town well. We followed up with a solar array to replace the dirty, expensive, and broken-down diesel pump. This returned about 3500 men, women, and children to drinking clean well water, instead of having to visit the trampled springs outside of town. Two years later, our project manager, Ato Markos, [...]

Update: Siski and Adikas Clean Water Project2024-01-08T22:55:20+00:00

MDC—A Beacon of Hope

2024-01-08T22:55:23+00:00

MDC—A Beacon of Hope for the Dizi (deezee) People The history of the Dizi people of Maji is heartbreaking. An anthropologist wrote, Before the . . . forced incorporation of the Dizi into the Ethiopian empire, the Dizi probably numbered between 50,000 and 100,000. The conquest had profound consequences in the decades which followed—subjection to . . . economic exploitation and oppression: the abduction . . . of innumerable people as slaves, servants or carriers, only a few of whom were ever able to return: famine, disease and a growing sense of hopelessness and resignation, engendered by a total [...]

MDC—A Beacon of Hope2024-01-08T22:55:23+00:00

Showing Up

2024-01-08T22:55:24+00:00

In November of 2018, MDC was finishing up paperwork to officially put up the shingle as a nonprofit organization in the US.We were planning an order of solar home systems for electrifying family homes in the Maji District, where the national electric grid doesn’t reach. We had hired Ato (Mr.) Markos to be project manager, and were looking for a young technician to install the systems with solar panes, batteries, three lights and phone charging stations. This spring, at the edge of Maji town, was serving both people and cattle. Then, in a visit to Maji, community leaders came to Chris [...]

Showing Up2024-01-08T22:55:24+00:00
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