What is APDA .
Why Afar Pastoralist Development Association (APDA) needs a truck…
- What is APDA?
APDA is an association of Afar people starting from 1994 GC who are working to get social and economic development to the nomadic Afar pastoralists within their particular lifestyle. Almost 450 local people are employed to be agents of change within their respective communities with development skills that are upgraded annually. Afar literacy and alternative basic education has arisen out of the program along with vaccination for the first time for many of the communities and maternal health.
While the field office is in Samara, the organization focuses on the most distant rural places actually mandated to work in communities where government services do not reach.
- The current extent of its work
The organization over the 27 years since 1994 has engaged in all aspects of needed development: mobile primary health; women’s empowerment through community – trained women extension workers; community education that is mobile when the community moves for water and grazing; community economic development and livelihood rehabilitation. Starting in northeast Afar Region, Eli Da’ar, the organization has almost gone to every district in the region planting the seeds of development and responding to emergencies. Thus distances are quite huge: from Awash and Dullassa in the south to Eli Da’ar, Bidu, Afdeera and Dallol on the northern Eritrean border. Again, from the western borders with Amhara and Tigray Regions to the Djibouti border in the south, APDA works in a total of 31 districts of the now 36 – district Region. Moreover, being that APDA is mandated to work where the government is not working, the distance that vehicles can go is more often than not a dirt track and after that, camel transport.
When constructing rainwater harvesting cisterns, then cement, corrugated iron and wooden poles must be transported; when vaccinating a remote community, a refrigerator packed with ice, a generator; food for the health team; vaccine cold boxes and carriers; syringes, medicines and more must go on an Izuzu truck. When distributing exercise books and textbooks to 20 rural sites, around 60 quintals of supplies must be taken and delivered; in support of malnutrition work, supplementary food in quintals needs to go out.
This refrigerator, generator and equipment got to this site on an Izuzu truck, as deep into the rural as could be taken. From there camels go out to take the ice boxes further and the health workers walk house to house to give vaccines to children who otherwise will spend their entire life unvaccinated.
- The loss of the logistic supporting trucks and the current urgency to work on
In January 2022 APDA had taken 2 trucks of food to communities in Magaale that had been cut off from food for months due to the Tigray conflict and had fallen into extreme food insecurity displayed in malnutrition. The organization’s FSR Izuzu and crane truck, a truck associated with the organization’s drilling rig, had gone to take the food. Actual fighting in Magaale broke out as the trucks were about to leave the district having delivered the food. TPLF took the advantage and confiscated both trucks. Till this date, APDA is not aware if the trucks are still working, burnt or actually in Tigray but it is very unlikely they will be returned knowing how much hardware in vehicles, machinery and equipment TPLF has driven into Tigray.
Again, APDA is bound to respond to the displaced communities they being the same communities APDA had been working with to secure community development. Thus APDA is now desperate to deliver mats that women can rebuild their houses, deliver food, blankets, sleeping mats, water containers and much more to them.
Being that the TPLF took these vehicles, APDA is now empty – handed to move materials to the now over 300,000 displaced living a dangerously – exposed life in rural areas hiding from the fighting. In fact, with its deep rural roots and connections, it is only APDA that the communities wait for to reach them. The organization must literally beg a vehicle from the government or another company to assist.
Camels and trucks work in unison to reach the desperate displaced people with emergency supplies. The truck was seconded through the government from a local company.
Why does APDA need a truck???
Well, the same as we all need our arms and legs, APDA needs a truck!!!!!!