Together with the Mekane Yesus Development and Social Services Commission Central Gibe Synod Branch office, the EEC has been implementing the Ejaji Environmental Protection and Sustainable Use Project, pictured above.
Bikila Abaya, EECMY-DASSC CGS branch office director, said: ‘We all opt to bring real and tangible change in the mind-sets of our church leaders, congregations, youths and upcoming generations at large.’
In a report to ARC, Bikila said 31 congregations plan to plant 480,00 tree seedlings – with 212,00 already flourishing in three nurseries. Some are growing 50,000 coffee bushes and forest tree seedlings are also being raised.
Twenty-four women wood collectors have formed two business co-operatives and are trained to make mud stoves. Each woman will encourage ten households to install the stoves, which cost US$4 to make and are a healthier and more environmentally friendly alternative to cooking over wood fires.
Greening church and compounds has been introduced to 54 congregations with the messages being spread through schools and Sunday-school groups.