From 2005-2017, LUCIA supported the following initiatives:
Saria School Library – LUCIA successfully funded a library/community centre for Saria School in conjunction with Developing Families Together. Books on a wide range of relevant subjects were provided, with the focus not only on academic achievement but also education on wider social issues. The library provides additional teaching and resources that were not previously available to the children. It maximizes educational opportunities for all members of the community, providing access not only to children at the school but also to the rest of the community who wish to broaden their knowledge.
Nas School Library – Following the success of Saria School Library, LUCIA also funded the development of a library at Nas School.
Self Help Groups – LUCIA supported a number of successful Self Help Groups, and over 850 women and their families have benefited. The women have started businesses in:
- Textiles – three ladies started a dress shop
- Fuel-saving stoves
- Sheep rearing
- Bee keeping
- Carrot growing
- Lunch bars
The women have also been educated about human rights, domestic violence, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and have learned business skills.
Saria School small-holding – LUCIA developed a project for Saria Kebele with the aim of improving the living standards of the Saria community. The project focused on establishing a smallholding to be used for the production of fruit and vegetables. This produce helped improve the nutritional intake of the community, notably the children, and generate income for Saria school. Some of the activities involved in this project were fencing and marking the land, providing seeds and gardening tools, and training farmers, students, and teachers on sustainable planting practices.
Orphaned girls – LUCIA supported 30 orphaned girls with six years of education, shelter, food and clothes.
Widowed-headed household – LUCIA supported a household of nine people who were headed by a widow with ill health. LUCIA‘s support contributed towards the children’s’ education, by providing money towards uniforms, educational materials and tutorial support. In addition, the money helped buy clothing, food, sanitary and hygiene products amongst other essentials.
Emergency food aid – money was given to 20 women to support their families until their crops were ready for market. Money was also donated to an emergency appeal in Niger.
Emergency aid – funding was sent via an Ethiopian NGO to a village south of Addis Ababa. A crocodile infested river had burst its banks and many villagers were eaten by crocodiles or drowned. LUCIA sent emergency money to pay for milk and clothes for the surviving women and children who were left with nothing.
Kindergarten in Alelmgena, Ethiopia – funding was provided for:
- Classroom furniture
- Playground equipment
Street children – LUCIA donated annually to the upkeep of the Little Voice street children’s house. The charity also paid for an adventure holiday for six traumatised children, organised through Little Voice.