Ethiopia: Marching Against Desertification Through Planting Tree Seedlings

The Ethiopian Herald


The government of Ethiopia and the city administration of Addis Ababa have launched this year’s round of Summer Voluntary Services recently. The services include renovation of old and dilapidated houses, road traffic conducting, blood donation, tutoring students, and assisting the disabled and supporting hospitalized patients are some of the activities the youths are expected to engage in the program. Some 14 programs are designed to be implemented by youths during the summer.

Volunteerism is not a new concept to Ethiopia rather it is a fashion now a days. Following the coming of new leadership in power in mid-2018 in Ethiopia, the concept and the practice voluntarisms become a day-to-day activity of the nation which open the door to every citizen. The government also gives due importance to the voluntary activities that were held in the country so far. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed remarks that “one can be said to have engaged in voluntary activities when he or she sacrifices his/her time, knowledge and wealth to help or support others. Hence, voluntarism is not treating or helping oneself rather it is doing something good for others. For this reason, the government of Ethiopia gives credit and value for voluntary activities” Furthermore, Abiy added that across the nation, voluntaries have been helping the needy, planting trees and renovation of Old Houses and the like. These activities would help the nation’s journey to development and prosperity.


Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.