Awo is located in a very dry and poor district of Irob in the far west part of the Tigray Region. It is a large village surrounded by other villages with no facilities. The building of this Multipurpose Hall will provide a much needed facility for the youth of the area. It can be used for educational purposes, and help provide much needed training skills for the local population. It can also be used for meetings and recreational purposes in the evenings.  We want to make this a reality.

Education of the poor and service to others are core Lasallian principles.

Why not join the Lasallian Volunteer Team during the month July 2017?                      

When you volunteer you are not paid in money or recognition, you are paid in love. People may forget what you said, and people may forget what you did, but they will never forget how it made them feel.

Awo is located in a very dry and poor district of Irob in the far west part of the Tigray Region. This area is the poorest and driest in Ethiopia.

The people of the area are farmers. They have very small and rocky plots of farm land which provide only enough food for four or five months. They rear a small number of livestock which they feed with cactus leaves twice a day. This year there is severe drought in the area and it has been difficult to get even the cactus leaves as they are dry and have become very scarce from over-use over many years. The livestock do not get enough food and consequently the cows are less productive and cattle and goats have very little flesh on them. In many instances they are more burdensome than useful to the families.

As a result of subsistence agriculture the people are dependent on what little work can be found in the area and remittances from young people who have migrated to Addis Ababa and to many other countries throughout the world.

Frustrated by economic difficulty, misguided by misinformation by traffickers and lured by a seemingly easy and attractive life, youth migration from this area to Europe and the Middle East is on a catastrophic level. What they face in reality on the way to their destination countries is known to everyone in Europe and indeed the world. The Irish navy has rescued many from this region but how many have drowned? It is simply the worst tragedy of this century.

The district of Irob had fallen under Eritrean occupation during the bloody border war from May 1998 to June 2000. As a result Ethiopia has deployed a huge military force along the border and there are military personnel in all areas throughout the Tigray region. The military presence has fuelled the spread of HIV/AIDS especially among the youth of the area

As Lasallians we hope to make a difference. We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make that difference

If you are interested in volunteering in Ethiopia this summer and you want to find out more about the project contact:

Tom O'Neill: email