KDN's mission is building sustainable communities in Ethiopia: Fight famine, HIV/AIDS, chronic poverty, youth unemployment, adult illiteracy, social discrimination of women and artisans, and environmental degradation
What is KDN?
Kambata Development Network (KDN) is a non-profit organization founded on March 24, 2001 in the United States by community members who are most concerned about the current environmental, social, and economic crises affecting the Kambata population. The organization was granted a tax exemption status by the Internal Revenue Service on June 21, 2002. While most founding members of KDN belong to the Kambata community living in Diaspora, the membership and supporters include people of diverse origins and all walks of life. Current members are spread across the continents and live in Ethiopia, East Africa, North America, and Europe. All KDN members and supporters are committed to give back to the people who educated them with meager resources. Contact the Executive Committee for more information about KDN.
Current Environmental, Social and Economic Conditions in Kambata
The Kambata-Tambaro (K-T) zone is one of the nine administrative zones in Southern Ethiopia, with a total surface of 2,434 kmē and a population close to one million. The region is situated about 175 miles (280 km) south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital. More than half of the total area is classified as hilly and mountainous.
Like most of the surrounding regions, such as Hadiya, Gurage, Wolaita, Sidama, Gedeo, Kambata's economy is based on enset, a perennial crop resembling false-banana. Used as staple food crop, enset covers about one-third of the total area of land in Kambata. The Kambatas are one of the most dynamic, hard-working, and highly skilled agriculturalists in Ethiopia. And yet, like many regions of Ethiopia and other developing countries, Kambatas suffer from unemployment, mass poverty, food insecurity, illiteracy, and communicable diseases. There is deep-rooted chronic food shortage and widespread starvation among the population. Click About Kambata for detailed background information on the region.
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