Botanica Ethiopia

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

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

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

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

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

Of stories, seasons and spirits

We arrived at Fiche and met with Dr. Tesfay from the Ethiopia Institute of Biodiversity Conservation, over a late lunch. The Institute, a government body responsible for the preservation of Ethiopia’s ecosystems and genetic resources, is working with Lizzie… Read More

Freshly pressed

Traditions of herbs to flourish Manly Daily (Sydney, Australia) – Tuesday, January 11, 2011 Author: Peter Bodkin A MANLY naturopath will travel to Ethiopia to help locals preserve their rich history of herbal remedies before the generations of… Read More

The Good Earth – Fiche

The small town of Fiche, in the Oromia region of central Ethiopia, is where we will be planting the medicinal herb garden. Fiche is about four hours drive North of the capital, Addis Ababa. Our partners in Ethiopia… Read More