HRH Princess Marie as patron of DanChurchAid will visit Ethiopia from 27 to 31 January 2014. During the visit, the Princess will follow the development work that DCA performs in the country. Princess Marie will visit development projects in villages in Bale district and will look at how the project staff and local work with the cultivation of land, preparedness for climate change, animal husbandry , health and nutrition.
Monday 27 January
Lunch with the Danish ambassador in Addis Ababa
Princess Marie participates in a luncheon organized by the Danish Ambassador to Ethiopia, which will report on developments in the country and to cooperation between Ethiopia and Denmark .
Visiting ENGSKO United Milling System
Princess Marie visits with Secretary of Development Nielsen, the Danish company ENGSKO United Milling System that produces millstones to grind grain. The Princess and the minister will be shown the production halls in Addis Ababa and introduced to the company's work .
Meeting with DanChurchAid
Princess Marie greets local employees from DanChurchAid's office in Addis Ababa and is informed about the organization's work in Ethiopia.
Read more about DanChurchAid's work in Ethiopia.
Tuesday 28 January
Departure from Addis Ababa
The Princess and the remaining participating delegation head towards Bale Mountain, which is 400 kilometers south of Addis Ababa to visit the organization's projects in local areas .
Wednesday 29 January
Visit the project in Jibri
The Princess visits a community in Jibri , Goro , and get showcased the common water pump, which was established in June 2013. Local leaders talk about the use of the pump , after which the nursery in the area is shown. The Princess will also visit a family who grow amaranth, as part of the project testing new and more climate-resilient crops. Subsequently, Princess Marie visits a school where DanChurchAid has built a water reservoir.
Thursday, 30 January
Visit to Sinana
Princess Marie will visit a project in Goro , which aims to provide information on HIV in rural communities where people with the disease are often stigmatized. The Princess meets men and women who have HIV that through the project attempted re- integrate into society. Additionally welcomes Princess and the women who completed the project trained to create better economic environment for themselves.
Friday 31 January
Visits by Tufa - Miessa Livelihood Enhancement Project
Princess Marie visits a project in DCA in the Tufa - Miessa area, which is vulnerable due to lack of water and one-sided focus on livestock , but whose population through the project are introduced to new crops . The Princess greets locals who participate in the project.
Reception with the Danish Ambassador
Princess Marie will be attending a reception hosted by the Danish Ambassador to Ethiopia in the Ambassador's residence .