Karayu Development Projects



  • Established in 1995 – Dandi Gudina Primary School at Dhebiti – The school started with 41 students, of which only two were girls. By 2007, there were 397 students enrolled, of which 154 are girls.
  • Established in 2003 – Dandi Gudina General High School – The school originally had 75 students of which 14 were female. By 2007, there were 371 students, of which 126 are female.
  • Established in 2005 – Girls’ Hostel at Dhebiti – The hostel allows girls to stay in school. In 2008, 100 girls were accommodated.

Adult Education

  • Basic education
  • Functional education
  • Skill training

Water Development

  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Roof water harvesting
  • Pond construction
  • Construction of underground cisterns
  • Dam construction – rock catchments

Income Generation Schemes

  • Shoat and steer fattening
  • Savings and credit schemes
  • Poultry production
  • Small goods shop establishment
  • Grinding mill and grain store establishment
  • Animal trading

Women’s Empowerment

  • Economic empowerment
  • Civic education (women’s rights)
  • Gender awareness
  • Adult education

 Capacity Building

  • Organizational capacity building
  • Local government capacity building
  • Pastoralist community capacity building

Livestock Development

  • Livestock health
  • Breed improvement
  • Livestock feed
  • Livestock marketing

Risk and Vulnerability Reduction

  • Feed and fodder production
  • Livelihood diversification
  • Community based animal health workers
  • Water scheme rehabilitation

Humanitarian Response

  • Emergency grain supply (2002, 2008)
  • Emergency animal feed supply (2002, 2006, 2008)
  • Emergency veterinary service (2006, 2008)
  • Restocking (2003)


  • Increased community awareness of education, development, health, HIV/AIDS, HTP, experience sharing, gender, and IGS
  • Introduction and promotion of savings and credit activities
  • Improved productivity: fattening, animal trading, animal health, and enclosure areas
  • Promotion of education through school, school feeding, dormitories, and sponsorship
  • Promotion of girls’ education, from a single girl in 1995 to the current 154 girls at elementary level at Dhebiti
  • Improved attendance, by means of a dormitory, for high school Kararyu students
  • Improved natural resource management: tree nursery, enclosure area, afforestation, soil and water conservation, and awareness
  • Saved the lives of livestock through humanitarian responses
  • Economic and socio-cultural empowerment of Karayu women
  • Improved access to water (boreholes, pond, roof water harvesting)
  • Reduction of women’s workloads through shops, grinding mills, modern houses, and water development
  • Reduction of vulnerability to drought and disaster
  • Introduction and promotion of livelihood diversification to ensure livelihood security


  • Occasional misunderstanding and misinterpretation of the organization’s activities
  • Recurrent drought
  • Ethnic conflict
  • Staff turnover (organizational and line bureaus)


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