December 2023: Ethiopia / Lalibela: catastrophic security situation

PBF’s commitment, despite the current terrible and catastrophic security situation in Lalibela

PBF’s work for humanitarian support for the poorest of the poor in the last 17 years has been tireless and will continue to be so in the future. Their dedication to providing aid and assistance to those in need has remained unwavering, even in the face of numerous challenges. Their unwavering commitment is a testament to their passion for improving the lives of the most vulnerable populations and their determination to make a lasting impact.

Currently, due to the declared state of emergency, Lalibela and other parts of the Amhara region are facing widespread food shortages and a lack of access to basic necessities. Farmers did not get enough fertilizer for their production, and generally, crop harvesting is diminishing exponentially. Even with this small production, there isn’t enough security to bring it to the market on Saturday so that the residents of the town can buy it and use it to meet their basic needs.

The people in Lalibela are starving due to not working and earning income to afford food. The lack of humanitarian aid reaching the area, which leaves vulnerable populations without any support or relief, exacerbates this dire situation even further. Without immediate intervention, the people of Lalibela are at risk of severe malnutrition and starvation, highlighting the urgent need for assistance to address this humanitarian crisis.

PBF has a list of destitute, patients, disabled people, and students from poor family backgrounds who are in desperate need of support. PBF provides monthly upkeep for those needs. However, due to the increasing number of families seeking assistance, it is very difficult now since many people come to the office and say, “We are hungry, and there is nothing in our home to eat.“. As a result, resources are stretched thin, and it is becoming harder to meet everyone’s needs. Therefore, it is crucial for the community to come together and support those in need.

Despite all these circumstances, PBF and their coordinators are trying their level best to support the neediest in different ways. In addition to PBF’s usual support for the poorest of the poor, those who are able to work are employed in the major projects (PBF memorial clinic, Laudato Si community housing, and its public toilets). In the construction of the PBF Memorial Clinic and Laudato Si community housing, more than 40 daily laborers, masons, and carpenters have been given job opportunities, creating a positive impact on the community, and getting money to purchase food and other essential items for their families.

Our people in Lalibela are grateful for the support and opportunities provided by the construction projects.

More than ever, PBF support is needed for our people at this very moment

PBF coordinators in Lalibela, Ethiopia

a, Äthiopien am 8. Dezember

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