Daily Archives: May 5, 2017

XCMG’s Water Cellar Project in Ethiopia Improves Life and Brings Hope to Dry Land

DDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, May 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — XCMG’s Africa-Ethiopia Water Cellar Project has yield impressive results since the first water cellar was built in Oda Nebe primary school in the country’s capital, Addis Ababa, in August, 2016.

In the past nine months, new water cellars constructed by XCMG have brought clean water for drinking and agricultural irrigation to schools, families and farms in several Ethiopian villages.

Tasew, a villager from the Kitcha village, grows lemons and oranges as a source of income. But the lack of water meant he had to travel 15 kilometers away every day to buy water for irrigation. Now, new water cellars under construction in Kitcha are about to change his life. They will give villagers easy access to clean water thanks to the company’s technologies that not only increase storage capacity but also keeps water sanitary.

“I’m helping the experts and construction teams to build our water cellars. Everything is in place; once the project finishes I’ll be able to expand the planting area. I’m very grateful for what XCMG and CFPA (the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation) have done for us, making life better with clean water,” Tasew told CFPA recently.

By partnering with CFPA and the office of Mrs. Roman Tesfaye, Ethiopia’s First Lady, XCMG’s water cellar project is bringing much-needed help to the country, where the most severe drought in 30 years is affecting every aspect of life. The company has donated 1.85 million yuan (US$ 268,743) to CFPA to establish the BlueDream foundation, and 750,000 yuan (US$ 108,949) is being invested to build 50 water cellars to accommodate more than 4,000 villagers and students in Ethiopia.

“The water cellar initiative is part of our ‘For Better Life’ global public welfare campaign, which consists of 14 precisely positioned projects that support education and community development. XCMG is fully committed to fulfilling our promise and contributing to social progress with the goal of making the world a better place,” said Wang Min, chairman and president of XCMG.

About XCMG:

XCMG is a multinational heavy machinery manufacturing company with a history of 74 years. It currently ranks ninth in the world’s construction machinery industry. The company exports to more than 177 countries and regions around the world.

For more information, please visit: www.xcmg.com, or XCMG pages on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Aid Group’s Leader Detained in South Sudan

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN � Officials with Wau’s Unity Cultural and Development Center, a nonprofit humanitarian organization, said security operatives arrested its executive director and have yet to provide a reason for his arrest.

An official with the organization, who spoke to South Sudan in Focus, said Angelo Bensencio Mangu was detained two weeks ago and his colleagues have been contacting security operatives to try to find out the reason for his arrest.

Detained two weeks

His wife, Leticia Simom Adriano, says she has visited the security detention facility in Wau where he is being held but has not been allowed to see or speak to him. She says she worries about her husband’s welfare.

We are really afraid for the past two weeks. I have been cooking and taking it to (the) detention (center) but I have never seen him. So how would you guarantee if he is there or not? Whenever I go there I cry, she said.

Yhohanna Philip, program coordinator for the organization, also is concerned.

Unfortunately, the director continues to be in detention for two weeks now without any charges or official investigation. Our office also confirmed that his close family members were denied access to see him after visiting the detention twice, and together with the family, we are also concerned about his health status, he said.

Philip said the same day Bensencio was arrested, security operatives stormed their office and confiscated two vehicles, five laptops, a printer and files.

He said the office has been paralyzed since.

Humanitarian aid suffers

UCDC is one of the lead agencies in food assistance distribution in six IDPs sites including Cathedral, Lokoloko, Nazareth, Sikka Hadid, Abunybuny and South Sudan Red Cross compound in Wau. We definitely regret the suspension and the consequences that it is already having on the vulnerable communities that we serve in Wau, Philip said.

Philip said some of the assets confiscated by security operatives in Wau are being used by the military, which is a clear violation of international humanitarian law.

Surprisingly, it has come to our notice that the detained Land Cruiser pickup plate No. SSD 822 G- was seen last Thursday moving in and around Wau town carrying armed soldiers and supplies. Notes that it was also seen late Friday evening between Kwajok and Gogirial town. And as we speak now it is also seen on the way moving to Awiel, Philip said.

Philip and Bensencio’s wife are urging the Wau state authorities and rights groups to intervene and secure his release.

Stephen Robo Musa, who heads a civil society network in Wau, is condemning Bensencio’s detention, saying it will hamper the important humanitarian work among the communities in Wau. Robo is calling on the security operatives to release Bensencio or have him tried him in a court of law if he has committed any crime.

Source: Voice of America

New UN study makes ‘strong’ economic case for Africa’s investment in green energy

Charting data from 54 African countries, a new UN atlas reveals the continent’s energy potential; revealing that investment in renewable energy would strengthen its economic advancement.

The Atlas makes a strong case that investments in green energy infrastructure can bolster Africa’s economic development and bring it closer to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), said Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo, Director and Regional Representative of the Africa Office for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

As such, she continued, it is an important policy guide for African governments as they strive to catalyze national development by making use of their energy resources.

The Atlas of Africa Energy Resources , released by UNEP and the African Development Bank at the World Economic Forum being held in Durban, South Africa, shows both the potential and the fragility of the continent’s energy resources, which are at the heart of Africa’s socio-economic development.

While Africa is richly endowed with both renewable and non-renewable energy resources, its current energy production is insufficient to meet demand. About a third Africa’s population still lacks access to electricity and 53 per cent of the population depends on biomass for cooking, space heating and drying.

According to UNEP, energy consumption on the continent is the lowest in the world, and per capita consumption has barely changed since 2000. The poorest African households spend 20 times more per unit of energy than wealthy households when connected to the grid. A kettle boiled twice by a family in the United Kingdom uses five times as much electricity as a Malian uses in a year, according to UNEP.

This Atlas will be instrumental to ease access to information and data in the energy sector for all stakeholders, including the donor community, African governments and the private sector, said Amadou Hott, Vice-President in charge of power, energy, climate and green growth, African Development Bank.

Providing information in the form of detailed ‘before and after’ images, charts, maps and other satellite data from 54 countries through visuals, the Atlas details the challenges and opportunities in providing Africa’s population with access to reliable, affordable and modern energy services.

Prepared in cooperation with the Environment Pulse Institute, United States Geological Survey and George Mason University, the Atlas consolidates the information on the energy landscape in Africa, highlighting some success stories of sustainable energy development around the continent, but also shining a light on major environmental challenges associated with energy infrastructure development.

Source: UN News Centre