The journey thus far
Established in 2012, Bricks was set up by Ric Foxley, the afore-mentioned mentioned New Zealander, (who had, for many years, worked for Aid Agencies such as World Vision and The Leprosy Mission). Its aim is to generate funding for individual people or projects that he had come across during his visits to projects in the Developing World.
Our initial project was in India, but over the past few years, our energy has been directed towards Amlaku Teshome, the young man in Ethiopia, referred to on the Home Page.
It has been an extraordinary journey, one which we would love to share with you, and one which we would love you to join, in order that we might enable Amlaku to fulfill the vision he has of dragging his poor rural community of some 70 families into the modern era.
Already, we have put him through an Ethiopian University, from which he graduated in June of 2013 with a degree in Plant Science – with great distinction! Not too bad for a boy with his background.
Since then we have funded a water project in his village, and now we are onto the next stage of the journey. The changes are already happening. Ric was able to visit Amlaku for 3 weeks in October 2015, and the impact of our support, along with the skills he had learned at university, is clear to see. Improved crops, a better diet, and, most recently (September 2016), a diesel powered grain mill installed, are all impacting in a hugely positive way on the lives of the villagers. They are seeing a way forward after being stuck in a poverty trap for generations, a way that is both sustainable and appropriate for their situation.
As of June 2017, they are planting new improved seed on soil that has had fertiliser applied to it for the first time ever. We have committed to funding fertiliser for the next 2 years as well, so as to give the badly depleted soil a real shot in the arm. By then, hopefully, Amlaku will have introduced more organic forms of soil enrichment.
Our role here is to provide some of the building blocks to enable them to move forward. Without our support, there would simply be no way they could ever escape from the grinding poverty in which they have lived for so many years.
So, check out the rest of this site, and see what Amlaku and his community are doing, see too how you might be able to join with us in this extraordinary project. Real ‘hand up not hand out’ stuff, that is making an actual difference to the lives of actual people.
Start by clicking on the audiovisual link( below) to see photos taken by Ric during his visit in October 2015. Make sure your sound is switched on. Please also read Amlaku's Story and the Letter From Amlaku, or click on the Ethiopian Odyssey box on the right hand side of this page for more photos from Ric's trip.