Botanica Ethiopia

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

Fiche government grants land for ‘Healing Plants’

Congratulations to the Etse-Fewus ‘Healing Plants’ Association in Fiche. The kebele local government has just granted them 1,000 sq metres (1/4 acre) of land to build a community medicinal herb garden! The herbalists and householders – who have… Read More

Growing potential at the School of St. Yared

High on the agenda for our visit to Ethiopia was to make contact with the School of St. Yared in Addis Ababa, founded in 2009 by Hope for Children, an NGO supporting orphans of HIVAIDS. Nearly 75 per… 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

Field work in the Great Rift Valley

The land behind Lakew’s house in Fiche drops 2000 metres into the Great Rift Valley; it becomes teff and grain crops, and salty white river banks, as far as the eye can see in any direction. Actually, this… Read More

Finding Fiche

 Lizzie d’Avigdor We set off on the road North from Addis Ababa to see the garden site in Fiche for the first time, and to meet with local herbalists to introduce ourselves and the Living Pharmacy project. As… Read More

Merigeta the medicine man

I’d been told that an old and well-known herbalist was willing to meet me to talk about his work. He lives at a monastery 18 km out of Addis, so Lakew picked us up early one morning and… Read More

New Flower

Where better to begin a study of Ethiopia’s healing plants, than a city whose name means ‘New Flower’ – Addis Ababa. Elizabeth d’Avigdor 16/1/2011 After a long flight, with a host of delays to do with visas and… Read More

East to Abyssinia

In less than a week, Lizzie, Alemayehu and Bizunesh head off to Ethiopia. Good news is that Addis Ababa University is now collaborating with  Elizabeth on the research side of the project. Lizzie has been working with the… Read More

A Living Pharmacy in Ethiopia

For Australian Naturopath, Elizabeth d’Avigdor, the connection with Ethiopia began with the adoption of her son 14 years ago. But the seed of an idea for a project to support health in rural Ethiopia using indigenous herbs, was… Read More