Botanica Ethiopia

All abuzz in Fiche

Seated against the rammed-earth walls of Werkalemahu and Banchi’s home, we’re handed a plate of thick yellow honey with chunks of dabo bread straight from the fire. “Enebela (Let’s eat)!” says Werkalemahu. “This is the purest, from the… Read More

Granny racing for Ethiopia this Sunday!

Emmie and the ‘Granny Yankers’ warm up! Lizzie’s 89-year-old mother has registered in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival this weekend to raise money for Botanica Ethiopia. But she isn’t actually running! Two crazy Americans, Kristin Gomes and Erin… Read More

Fiche community making the most of new land

Etse-Fewus (Healing Herbs) Association members  are combining their resources to get the most out of land they were given by the Fiche local government last year. During a recent visit, committee members told Botanica Ethiopia they plan to… Read More

Lizzie wins Rotary award for Living Pharmacy project

We’re very happy to announce that Lizzie was presented with a Rotary International award for her work in Ethiopia at the Foundation’s annual dinner in Sydney recently. Lizzie spoke on the night about Botanica Ethiopia, her research and involvement with the… Read More

Watering cans, rainfall and fences in Fiche

Things are going well in Fiche! The Etse-Fewus (Healing Herbs) Association are proving to be a very resourceful and active group, working together on their new community herb garden. Last year,  the Association showed local council they were… Read More

Money raised will be used to buy wheelbarrows, watering cans and hand tools for the newly formed ‘Etse Fewus’ medicinal garden Association, in Fiche, Ethiopia, which Lizzie will be visiting next year. Botanica Ethiopia: A living Pharmacy (J655N)… Read More

Interview with Tessema Bekele

In this interview in Addis Ababa in February this year, Tessema Bekele, Executive Director of Ethiopian NGO the Emmanuel Development Association (see the blog post “An interview with an extraordinary Ethiopian“) tells Kristin Gomes from Botanica Ethiopia about… Read More

Having a yarn at Fitche

An Association is formed and history is made As the car made its way out of the dust of Addis on the climb up the wooded Entoto Mountain, we could breathe the clean sharp air of the countryside… Read More

Inspiration from within: a meeting with an extraordinary Ethiopian

Last week we met with Tessema Bekele, the Ethiopian founder and now Executive Director of the NGO Emmanuel Development Association. Tessema told us his inspirational story of starting from humble beginnings with a small project idea, to what… Read More

Despatch from Addis

Lizzie shares her first few days back in Ethiopia with the Living Pharmacy project. Stepping out from the sanitised chill of the airplane into everything that is Addis Ababa, feeling the thrill of returning here mixed with anxious… Read More