The extraordinary story of how a large rural area of Ethiopia is taking itself out of poverty.


If you drive around Ethiopia, the real tragedy of well-intended yet misguided aid efforts is there for everyone to see. Abandoned health centres, recently-built schools collapsing through neglect, soil dried to dust in areas of plentiful rainwater. It doesn’t seem to make sense; that is until you realise that most of these aid-backed projects were attempted in isolation: one NGO here, another there, thinking they know best what is needed now, rather than looking to the long-term.”

Jamie Doran, Filmmaker

About Michaela

I am a wanderer and a wonderer, like you are. I love our journey and to walk in the company of friends – to learn, experience, share, laugh, cry and above all I simply love this marvelous, magical, mysterious life. I have no plan (cannot believe I am saying this) and my only intention is to be truthful to myself and others.
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1 Response to Self-help

  1. johanna11 says:

    A wonderful view of what is happening in Africa. I hope it is truly a reflection of what people are being/doing, and not just that these people happen to live in conditions which are more helpful than those in the worst areas, from which so many are fleeing.
    Whatever it is, it is good news, showing what can be done when there is good will, hard work and ingenuity, combined with a certain amount of support from outside.
    It is easy to see the African refugee situation as hopeless – but this documentary shows new possibilities – it is truly inspiring.

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