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The Danakil Depression in Ethiopia is one of the lowest, hottest places on Earth. Geographically, it is part of the African Rift which extends from the African rift lakes of Malawi and Tanganyika, up through the Red Sea and into the Dead Sea of Jordan and Israel.
Ecologically, it is an extreme desert located below sea level, with temperatures which reach 50°C (122°F) on a regular basis.
To top it all off, it is also home to a volcano with one of the largest, open pits of exposed magma in the world.
Despite all of this, however, people live in the Danakil Depression and manage to eek out of living in one of the most inhospitable places on the planet Earth.
The terrain is littered with geysers, volcanos and possibly many many sharp stones. The conditions can be best described as "cruel".
What I am about to go through is nothing compared to the struggles that hundred of thousands of women in war-torn areas go through, daily. These women remind us of their strength and determination to overcome the most daunting challenges.
I will be funding my trip but the money raised on this page will go directly to "Women for Women International" (more info below)- to provide tools and resources needed to move these women from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency. I hope you choose to support with a donation- even a small contribution goes a long way.
A few examples of what your donations can provide:
£27 could pay for Rights Awareness Training, so that a woman can learn that she is worthy of contributing to the decisions at home, including financial decisions, which may be traditionally handled by only men in the family.
£38 could pay for a goat, which can be raised for milk or cheese that can be sold at market, changing a woman’s life by giving her an income and status in her community.
£80 could pay for a bicycle, so a woman can quickly transport her goods, helping her grow and expand her business and become more self-sufficient.
£156 could pay for Men’s Engagement training, to give a man a place to explore gender, masculinity, and understand the benefits to families and communities when women are empowered.
£500 could pay for ten sewing machines, to enable women to set up a tailoring business and provide an income for their families.
£3,000 could pay for a greenhouse, for a woman to grow organic herbs to sell at market.
I thank you in advance for your support and look forward to sharing this adventure all the way with you! I will be uploading photos before, during and after the cycle so please follow my journey, as it now begins for real.
I am proud to be raising funds for Women for Women International, an organisation supporting women survivors of war to rebuild their lives.
Since 1993, Women for Women International have helped more than 462,000 marginalised women to overcome the horrors of war and work towards a better life for themselves and their families.
Women for Women International reaches out to the women who are often left behind – those who struggle with poverty and violence, who are denied basic education and health care, and whose lives have been devastated by conflict. The women they serve have, quite literally, lost everything.
Their year-long holistic training programme equips women to earn money, regain their confidence and actively participate in their communities. When a woman joins the programme, she comes together with 24 other women, forming a tight support group that helps to break the isolation caused by war and insecurity. The result: stronger women, stronger families and stronger communities.
With over twenty brutal armed conflicts across the globe and unprecedented levels of violence against women, there has never been a greater need to support Women for Women International in their mission to change the world, one woman at a time
Your gift could transform a woman’s life, and have a huge impact on her family and community.