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Your support is helping transform the lives of rural families in eastern Africa

PUBLISHED: 15:42 05 January 2015 | UPDATED: 15:42 05 January 2015

Children roaming the streets in Oromiya region, Ethiopia

Children roaming the streets in Oromiya region, Ethiopia

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For the past few weeks the East Anglian Daily Times has featured a series of articles on the charitable work of Farm Africa in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya as part of the newspaper’s Christmas appeal. Today is the final instalment and Lauren Everitt reports on how you can still help impoverished families in the New Year.

Oromiya region in EthiopiaOromiya region in Ethiopia

Readers of the EADT have shown their festive spirit and backed the partnership with Farm Africa to help farmers feed and educate their children and transform their families’ futures in eastern Africa.

While the hunger of families in eastern Africa might seem a world away from the daily life of families in Suffolk and north Essex, the problems faced by farmers in both regions are remarkably similar.

They are constantly challenged by unpredictable weather and the high cost of farming inputs such as seeds and labour – issues faced by farmers here.

During the build-up to Christmas, readers have learned of my experiences in Ethiopia after I travelled to the rural Oromiya region with Farm Africa to see how the charity is helping to improve lives and make a difference.

Meeting hard-working families was both humbling and inspirational and provided a snapshot of the life-changing work of Farm Africa.

Simple solutions such as livestock, modern farming methods and crops that are better suited to the weather conditions have helped families grow enough food to feed their children.

Nigel Harris, chief executive of Farm Africa, said: “I want to give my heartfelt thanks to the East Anglian Daily Times and its readers for helping to change the lives of thousands of farmers, for good.

“It is wonderful that Farm Africa has had the opportunity to share with you just some of the ways that we are helping farmers in eastern Africa to grow their way out of hunger forever.

“I hope that readers have enjoyed learning how the simple gift of seeds, tools or training, can help to transform lives. Thank you for your interest and support for our work.”

Terry Hunt, EADT editor, said: “The EADT has served Suffolk and north Essex – rich agricultural areas – for more than 140 years. It is fitting that we should do as much as we can to try to support the farming communities in Africa.’’

Readers have supported Farm Africa through the Christmas appeal and the charity’s Give Hunger the Boot campaign by donning their wellies, holding African-themed fundraising days and organising harvest services.

But you can continue to help make a difference for countless farming families in eastern Africa in 2015. With January fast-approaching, many of us are already beginning to think about making a resolution or setting some personal goals for the New Year.

You can sign up for one of the charity’s sold-out Brighton Half Marathon places on February 22 or the Great East Anglian Run in King’s Lynn.

Anyone interested in fundraising for Farm Africa should contact India at events@farmafrica.org or call 
020 7841 5163.

To show your support for the EADT’s charity Christmas appeal please fill in the coupon on this page or visit 
www.farmafrica.org/donate

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