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Celebrating Pastoralists in the Horn of Africa

A fundraising dinner was held by PENHA at the Eritrean Adulis restaurant near to the Oval. About 60 people attended and the sum of about £2,000 net including donations was raised for the work of PENHA among pastoralists in the Horn of Africa.

Vanessa Champion, a photo-journalist, spoke of her recent visit to Uganda to visit and photograph the women's groups associated with the organisations work there. She was hosted by the local chapter and met PENHA's staff who travelled with her to groups in Western Uganda. A description of her visit with some photos can be seen here.

Tekeste Ghebray, who was the Secretary General of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, based in Djibouti, spoke of the work of PENHA over the previous 24 years.

He said: "What makes PENHA unique is that it is a home grown regional organisation in the Horn of Africa. It is a role model for many NGOs and CBOs. It is the only one which they look at as an indigenous organisation. It is not a simple achievement. It also has a vast knowledge of the area. It shares its knowledge with other organisations."

He ended by saying "So please support PENHA. Supporting PENHA is supporting the pastoralists of East Africa."

The full text of his speech can be read here.

The Dan-Kira Troupe excited us all with Ethiopian traditional dances. Some snatches of their dancing can be seen in the following short video.

 

In addition, artefacts from the region were on sale. They came from Uganda (with Beatrice Kayanja of Beakay's African Arts and Crafts) and from Ethiopia.

The food was the excellent traditional food from Eritrea - which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.