The first 41-cell water cellar was completed in 2017. Two years later, every household here is using it.
Abeba Yehu, Beshewa, Debiwei, the three most common African Ethiopian residents in the picture are the beneficiaries of No. 23, No. 22, No. 19 of XCMG's first African cellar project
This small water cellar allows us to be closely connected with the African people on the other side of the earth, allowing us to see change, see hope, and see the beauty of the world.
I will never worry about fetching water anymore
On the morning of September 21, 2019, entrusted by the XCMG project team, a representative of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation led a team to return to benefit the farmers of the XCMG family water cellar project. After driving for three and a half hours from Addis Ababa, the capital, we arrived at our destination, the small town of Gadeger in Amhara. Looking at the far horizon from the car, a green fluffy ribbon slowly expanded, and the bright green leaves lined the clear blue sky. It was a large moss bran. This view was seen on the Ethiopian Plateau, which is often arid and yellow. Exciting. Entering along this green is the home of Abeba Yehu.
Xugong underground water cellar can store 30 cubic meters of water, which can meet the water consumption of a family of five for half a year
The water cellar of Abebaye's house was built underground next to his house. Whenever the rainy season comes, the rainwater will converge on the eaves along the inclined metal roof of his home and flow into the reservoir through the constructed pipeline. When the dry season comes, the family can provide a relatively clean water source.
Abeba Yehu taking water from the cellar vs Abeba Yehu taking water before
The Abeba Yehu family saw the familiar "Chinese friends" coming and greeted us with great enthusiasm. While demonstrating taking water from the water cellar, he introduced us: "After the water cellar, I spend more and more time at home in the dry season, and have time to ponder and manage. When there is no water cellar, my wife and I I get up every day when it ’s not bright. The first thing is to go to the pool 15 kilometers away to fetch water. Once and a half day has passed, there is not so much time to plant the land, and at that time, wheat, corn and moss are planted. This kind of bran does not need to be managed, and there is no excess water to water the crops, and the yield is very low. "
Abeba Yehus family posing in front of fruit-bearing papaya trees
The situation mentioned by Abeba Yehu was also mentioned to varying degrees when they visited the family of cellars 22 and 19. Besheva, hostess of the 22nd water cellar, said: "There is a pond in this community, and people around there go to fetch water during the dry season. My daughter and I have to tidy up the small buckets at home every morning. Set off on the donkey, otherwise you have to wait for a long time, all are in line to fetch water. It will take a full day to go back and forth, so you can do nothing after returning. Now it is OK, no need to go to fetch water, there are more When it ’s time to do housework and take care of livestock, her daughter can go to school with peace of mind. "
Abbey Leaf Banana Tree
The 56-year-old hostess of the No. 19 water cellar family mentioned that in addition to saving time and labor costs for the water cellar, they also mentioned a point: "The water stored in the pond during the rainy season is only enough for the folks to use it for more than 2 months. It will dry up in November. The rainy season will only arrive in June of the next year. In the middle of the month, I will go to the town to buy water. An 80L bucket and a bucket of water will cost 50 bills. I bring 4 of them each time. Go to the bucket and go every three days. This is a particularly large expense for our family. Basically, my child is doing odd jobs in town to buy water. This water cellar is more than just for us It saves time and saves us a lot of money, which I can use for planting things, "said Derby Wei of the 19th cellar family.
The water cellar increased my income by 5,000 yuan a year
The water cellar not only saves them watering time and labor, allows them to devote more time and energy to farming, but also allows them to focus on the economic construction of the family, such as increasing the livestock breeding, planting Cash crops, etc., increase household income.
Coffee and coffee vanilla from Abbey Yehu
When we came to his backyard, he was stunned by the prospects. Large swaths of green wheat and peppers, orange trees full of fruits, lemon trees, papaya trees, and banana trees, coffee, herbs, greens and other crops. Lively. The land was deserted two years ago.
Abeba Leaf Orange Tree
"These are planted after having a water cellar. I will sell them with oranges as soon as the papaya is ripe, and I will earn more than 20,000 bills (about 5,000 yuan) every year. This year should be more, and it will be more than last year. "Abe Baba Yehu looked around and introduced to us," Did you see the bucket? The agriculture department thinks I did a good job, come here to visit and reward me! I have planted new peppers this year, I don't know yet How much can I sell, but I am very confident. I doubled the chickens and sheep I raised this year. Now that there are 50 sheep, I can sell eggs and lambs soon. Now I can plan for the future of our family. "Although his story needs to be translated, we can still be infected by his pride, happiness and hope.
Abeba Yehu's backyard now vs Abeba Yehu's backyard two years ago
It is not only us who are infected and affected by him, but also other beneficiary families. For example, Beshewa of the 22nd cellar family said that she went to Abebayehu's house to see the use of their cellar. It was inspired. Beside the original two donkeys, Becheva has raised 20 goats since last year. Tou Niu, this year also planted some edible vegetables for the family to use daily: "Our water cellar is on the ground. The water cellar of the Abeba Yehu family has a lot of water, so the things we raise now are not so More, but the sale of milk and lambs already earns more than 10,000 bills. "
Lambs of the Abbey Ye Family
Debbie of the 19th cellar family said: "Now we can feed our livestock effortlessly (4 cows, 4 sheep and 1 donkey), and plant papaya and vegetables in the yard, which is enough for us The family eats. I know that the Abeba Yehu family does not do well. The government here also visited and I told my son to learn from him. "
We can't help but feel that if a project is helpful to the beneficiaries, the best way is to let them have a sense of participation, seeing that their own efforts can improve the quality of life, so that they have the ability and skills to change their future destiny, Instead of waiting for others to help them solve the problem. This change in thinking is the most valuable. This change is also the significance of XCMG's introduction of sustainable concepts into global precision public welfare projects.