For help from person to person

In january of this year bruno schneyer from zeil, wolfgang vogel from obertheres and michael griebel from knetzgau traveled to ethiopia and spent a few days in the capital addis ababa with the artist reinhold albert, also from zeil. Thereby the idea of a franconian-ethiopian partnership was born. In a lecture with pictures they gave an impression of the country and informed about the partnership in the cinema in zeil.

So many people from all over the district were infected by the fascination of ethiopia that additional chairs had to be made available in addition to the seats in the cinema. In the illustrated lecture, they gained insights into the country, the only one in africa that had never been colonized, the beauty of its landscapes and the pride of its inhabitants.

Beautiful country

bruno schneyer, wolfgang vogel and michael griebel had made a trip from addis ababa to lake tana, to gondar, one of the culturally as well as historically and scenically richest regions of ethiopia, and debark, a market town located at an altitude of about 2600 meters and headquarters of the simien mountains national park. From there they set out with a crew to climb ethiopia’s highest mountain, the 4620 meter high ras deshen. Then they visited aksum, according to legend the capital of the queen of sheba, and the rock churches of the holy city of lalibela.

Returning to addis ababa, they spent a few days with reinhold albert. "I was most impressed by the fact that although the people are very poor, they are content and very hospitable", reported wolfgang vogel.

In order to help the people in the african country, the four friends with henok semru, who comes from ethiopia, and other friends have launched the initiative of a franconian-ethiopian partnership. "We are aiming for cultural cooperation and want to give people the opportunity to be able to help themselves", explained reinhold albert. "This can be vocational training or support through sponsorships to provide training in the country." ethiopia is looking for partnership with the western world to bring technologies and knowledge to the country. According to albert, this would help residents to get jobs and a decent standard of living. Henok semru works as a project manager at alphasol modular energy plc, a company founded by germans and ethiopians. It is involved in renewable energies, helps companies that want to do business in ethiopia, and invests in projects itself. Through this company, schumacher hopes to gain access to the country in order to provide effective help to the people. Reinhold albert also introduced the businesswoman gete, who runs a mini-supermarket in addis ababa and would like to act as a contact person.

The call to support the franconian-ethiopian partnership found a sympathetic ear. "I signed up for the list because I would like to know what possibilities there are for help", said bettina stecher from zeil. "I am in favor of helping people help themselves and think that education is the best help." she can also imagine becoming active herself.

"Deeper ties"

their life partner christian mori, head of the budo academy in zeil, emphasized that although the development service is already very active. "But I think the people-to-people partnership does much more than that", he said. "It consolidates contacts, supports cultural exchange and enables deeper ties." he would be happy to assist, he said at the event in zeil.

So that the guests not only visually experienced something of ethiopia, gete and the asylum seekers liya, yeshi and hiwot from ethiopia demonstrated a coffee ceremony from their homeland. They lit incense, which is part of every ceremony, washed the coffee beans and roasted them on a charcoal fire, pounded them with a mortar, poured the coffee with hot water and handed it to the visitors to taste. They also treated the palate to enjera, a leavened flatbread made from teff flour (teff is a type of millet), served with meat and vegetables.