The Round-up offers a weekly sample of what our sister Red Cross Societies are working on around the world.
PARAGUAY: A variety of traditional Paraguayan handicrafts created by women prisoners of the Good Shepherd have been displayed during Expo-2012: XXXI International Trade Fair on Livestock, Industry, Agriculture, Commerce and Services show. The women contributing to the show are involved in a project that was established by the Paraguayan Red Cross with support from the ICRC. The ICRC and the Paraguayan Red Cross provide material and technical support for the project with craft courses and workshops on subjects including management, personal development and cooperatives. The products created by women in the classroom and in their free time within the prison are sold by families and friends. Using proceeds from the sale of the products they make, women help their families economically and finance their livelihood.
ETHIOPIA: The small town of Ebinat is at the heart of one of the most food insecure and drought prone areas in the Amhara region of northern Ethiopia. The South Gondar branch of the Ethiopian Red Cross Society is currently working with the Netherlands Red Cross Society on a Food Security and Disaster Risk Reduction project in an agricultural area about an hour by car from Ebinat. In the largest plant nursery in Ebinat, almost half a million seedlings have been grown so far, with olives, garlic and a wide variety of cereals amongst the 13 species. Almost half of the seedlings are taken for replanting elsewhere in a bid to counter the growing problem of deforestation. The remainder of the seedlings are given away for free to families who have prepared land for planting in advance.