Heard in the Hive
Crimsonwing pledges support to remote Ethiopian village
CRIMSONWING has a long established tradition of supporting charitable
Past years have seen monies go to UK and Malta-based charities
such as SCOPE (a UK national disability organisation whose focus
is people with cerebral palsy) and Centru Tbexbix- the Cottonera
centre for the education, support and development for women and
children of low-income families.
With the collaboration of Moviment Missjunarju Gesu fil-Proxxmu,
this year's donation has gone to Ethiopia, to a little village called
Sakko, nestled in the rural area around the provincial capital of
Situated in the south-western part of Ethiopia (and some 300 km
from the capital, Addis Ababa), Dembidollo is a small town with
a hospital, health centre and schools. The rural areas around Dembidollo
have sprouted four Catholic activity centres of which Sakko is one.
These activity centres play an important part in educating and
dispensing healthcare to people in the surrounding villages.
Health workers, who undertake vaccine programmes and mother and
childcare, visit the more remote areas, which are not easily accessible
due to the appalling state of the roads.
Crimsonwing's donation was specifically geared towards overcoming
two major hurdles. It is a well-known fact that 30 per cent of children
living in rural areas do not frequent school, so the first initiative
was to build a simple stone structure to house a school.
Works are in progress and the bishop of Nekemte has blessed and
laid the foundation stone. This two-roomed building will serve as
a school to all children living in the area.
In Ethiopia meat and eggs are a luxury enjoyed by very few and
in fact most people subsist on enjerra (a kind of pancake) with
a spicy vegetable sauce.
As part of its second initiative, Crimsonwing have (since March)
sponsored an ongoing feeding programme. Children attending school
are given a proper meal and benefit from a balanced and nutritious
The four Indian Sisters (two nurses, one social worker and one
educator) who are running the Sakko school and feeding programme
are excited at the prospects.
The addition of a proper school dispensing regular meals for all
its students will no doubt help promote learning and self-empowerment
in this poorest of regions.
"Crimsonwing are proud to be involved in the Sakko project.
We look forward to seeing the school building completed in person
and hope the Sakko community benefit fully from the programme,"
said Natasha Pantovic, head of Business Development at Crimsonwing.
Crimsonwing staff have also established the People Who Care Fund
where employees have a small amount of their salary voluntarily
deducted and transferred to the fund's bank account. Twice a year
the monies are distributed and donated to various local charities.