Friday, April 24, 2015
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 4/24/2015 07:33:00 AM
Firetrucks devoid of snakes. Empty breathing apparatus. Working overalls instead of ... clothing fireproof. This is the everyday life of a firefighter in Kenya and Ethiopia. People have to work there in dramatic terms, virtually every day risking their own lives. This will change soon. Thanks to the Poles!
Specialists Polish Center for International Aid and rescue and firefighting instructors will train and equip the individual volunteer and professional firefighters in these countries. Afford it thanks to funding from the program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Polish Aid (in total for this purpose has been allocated 912 552 zł). All the action will start in July and will last until the autumn.
The problem of three counties in Kenya (Machakos, Kiambu and Muranga) and two capitals administrative regions of Ethiopia (Hawass and Bahir Dar) are primarily: rapid population growth, increasing the number of buildings, including multi-storey high-rise buildings, and traffic volume. In the event of a natural disaster or catastrophe construction, their effects may affect up to millions of people. It is therefore necessary presence of qualified guard, which in turn - in the face of fires, floods, landslides and road accidents - no special equipment and the skills to use it, it becomes totally helpless.
- The Ethiopian town Hawass firefighters can not effectively extinguish fires without approaching a fire on a dangerous distance for them. They have specialized clothing or equipment of a professional firefighter. The only thing I have is a blank breathing apparatus, about 100 meters of hoses and two generators. It must suffice to 300,000 residents - says Wojciech Wilk, President of the Foundation and the coordinator of the project PCPM outfits in Africa.
In the Kenyan and Ethiopian poorest urban neighborhoods for some time will be created the Volunteer Fire Brigade units. PCPM specialists will train them to fight the fires, floods and other disasters. Firefighters gain skills from water rescue, evacuation of people from high-rise buildings, rescue victims of road accidents and collapses. Covered by the training units will be outfitted with specialized equipment to effectively respond to disasters, and for the county Murunga in Kenya will light a fire truck purchased.
But remember one thing: the project PCPM is the minimum necessary to provide basic assistance by local firefighters. The needs of these people are still immense. Firefighters in Africa ever be transferred funds by transferring any amount to the foundation's bank account number (18 1140 1010 0000 5228 6800 1001), quoting "Project fire". More information can be found at: www.pcpm.org.pl
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 4/24/2015 07:12:00 AM
Ethiopia's Islamic Affairs Supreme Council has called for dedicating weekly prayers on Friday to condemning the purported murder of around 30 of their countrymen by ISIL in Libya.
"This Friday's prayer is dedicated to the innocent Ethiopians killed and executed in Libya," council chief Sheikh Mohammed Amin Jemal told a press conference on Thursday.
"This massacre violates all religious doctrines, including that of Islam," he added.
"The killing of humans is the most despicable [act]; it has no place in Islam," Jemal said, going on to urge Muslims to pray for the victims.
"The mosque imams will teach the doctrines of Islam that promote peaceful co-existence with followers of other religions and describe the killings as a barbaric act," he added.
Council deputy chief Umer Yimam, for his part, called for promoting religious tolerance.
"Friday will be a big day for us as we pray for the victims," he said. "We are deeply disturbed by the inhumane incident that happened in Libya."
He added: "We will not let this barbaric act, made under the guise of Islam, erode our culture of religious tolerance."
"We need to educate our citizens to help them better understand the genuine doctrines of Islam," Yimam said.
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 4/24/2015 07:05:00 AM
Marley Coffee, supports the non-profit Water Wise Coffee program with a new documentary and crowdfunding campaign created in conjunction with strategic partner Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee, as part of their broader commitment to sustainability.
Launching on International Earth Day, consumers can view the documentary featuring Rohan Marley, son of legendary musician Bob Marley [Robert Nesta Marley O.M.] and Founder of Marley Coffee, which highlights the economic and human impact of coffee production and the importance of long term sustainability. Additionally, supporters can contribute to the crowdfunding campaign to support Water Wise Coffee in cleaning the Sidama region’s wet mills in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee.
Marley Coffee known with corporate name Jammin Java Corp. is a U.S.-based company that provides premium, artisan roasted coffee to the grocery, retail, online, service, hospitality, office coffee service and big box store industry.
The wet milling process is used in some portions of the world as a way to extract the coffee bean from its fruit. This produces organic waste that can threaten to pollute local water supplies. To counteract this, Water Wise Coffee helps producers naturally filter water by using sustainable vetiver grass. Independent tests have shown that in just 24 months, there has been a dramatic improvement in water quality within rivers surrounding these wet mills. Starting in Ethiopia, the goal is to convert all 220 accessible wet mills in the Sidama coffee region by 2020. To date, more than 26 wet mills have vetiver grass wetlands that are able to provide clean water to the local community; the crowdfunding campaign will help to move towards this goal.
“Coffee connects us in so many ways – to each other, to our senses and to the earth that provides for us,” said Rohan Marley, Founder and Chairman of Marley Coffee. “Coffee has so much cultural importance in Ethiopia—it’s more than a commodity, it’s a way of life, and it’s our responsibility to instill sustainable practices that benefit the community where the coffee is harvested and grown, but also the global community. This crowdfunding campaign gives us the opportunity to expand the scale of our project, providing the Sidama coffee region with clean water and a clean life source.”
Rooted in the Marley family values of love, passion and social responsibility, Marley Coffee is committed to global sustainability and transparency, donating one cent of every single-serve capsule sold to Water Wise Coffee to further their mission. Marley Coffee is also the first premium coffee brand to provide consumers with a great tasting, premium coffee in an easy-to-recycle sustainable single-serve capsule: the recyclable RealCup™. All Marley Coffee single-serve capsules will transition to the recyclable RealCup™ by summer 2015, five years ahead of industry giants.
Funds raised from supporters of the crowd funding campaign will help the program convert more wet mills over the coming year to safe and sustainable systems. In addition, Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee has committed to matching up to $100,000 in public donations.