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Sunday, August 5, 2012

August 5, 2012
Chicago; Los Angeles, August 6, 2012: The Awassa Children’s Project (ACP) and Faye Foundation (FF) have recently teamed up to work together in addressing the orphan and vulnerable children (OVC) crisis in southern Ethiopia! “With the prevalence of HIV/AIDS currently rising and the urgent need for life-saving anti-retroviral medication, organizations need to unify around finding sustainable solutions.” said Jamie Lynne Grumet, Founder, Chief Executive Officer of the Faye Foundation. Members of FF and ACP will visit the Children’s Center and other parts of southern Ethiopia in late August to examine areas where they can work together. “This partnership is exciting for several reasons,” said Paul Chadha, President of the Awassa Children’s Project, “together we can bring change to so many kids that need simple things like food and medicine.”
The Fayye Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the orphan crisis in the Sidama region of Ethiopia. Additional information: http://www.fayyefoundation.org/


For the past years increases in population pressure, government policy and external influences have caused a consistent change in the land cover of the Lake Awassa catchment. The change has come about mainly due to deforestation as is the case in many other areas of Ethiopia. The effects of land cover changes have had an impact on the water balance of the catchment by changing the magnitude and pattern of runoff, peak flow and ground water levels. This study is mainly focused on the assessment of the hydrological response of the catchment in relation to the land cover data of 1965 and 1998 using a Geographic information system (GIS) integrated with the hydrologic modeling. The result of the remote sensing assessment on the land cover of the catchment indicated that natural vegetation decreased by 11,768 ha or 9.06 % between years 1995-1998. This was mainly due to the expansion of agriculture and urban area. Plantation expansion was 20,661 ha or 13.56 % and also urbanization increased by 1,310 ha or 0.89 %. Based on these results, the inflow records were analysed statistically to evaluate if changes in the land cover affected the hydrological response of the catchment. The results of the analysis indicate that the average inflow to Lake Awassa in 1998 was 3.15 m3/sec or 99.34MCM, whereas in scenario year 2017 the average inflow will be 3.5m3/s or 110.38MCM. So because of the land cover change the flow will increase by 0.35 m3/s, that is, 11.04MCM.