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New equipment donated to Sher Hospital

22 June 2022 Aswin Endeman

Recently some new equipment was donated to Sher Hospital, by our neighboring farms AQ Roses, Braam Roses, Herburg Roses and Ziway Roses. An ECG machine, three patient monitors and a delivery coach are now at the hand of our dedicated medical staff. We would like to thank the companies for their generosity and for supporting the emergency room.
At Sher hospital all employees (approx. 20.000) of the 5 floricultural enterprises in Ziway get free medical care. Over 100.000 patients (employees, students and community members) are treated every year.

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Ensuring Sustainable Protection and Utilization of Worja-Kamo Micro catchment

24 May 2022 Mariska Braam

In the prolonged project in the Worja catchment area (Rift Valley) we are, together with IDH and Vocda, trying to achieve sustainable protection and utilization of the area. The area is communal land and the project aims to improve the livelihood of local residents as well as conserve the environment. Several initiatives have started after the kick-off of the project in March.

One of the initiatives is to develop eco-tourism activities because of its scenery and proximity to Lake Dembal and Batu town. The area is very suitable for wildlife viewing and migratory birds and easily accessible via the Batu-Butajera asphalt road that crosses the sites/mountain chains. Ecotourism has a dual purpose to protect the environment and generate additional income. Therefore, we trained 20 local community-members to run the newly constructed eco-tourism center. In cultural huts, visitors can now enjoy local drinks and food before walking the trails and enjoying the views. The training was provided in two forms; theoretical training on ecotourism by invited experts from ATJK Woreda Tourism Office and the practical training by Haile Resort experts.

Another example is the Income Generating Activity-groups where groups of local women are taught Business Development Skills. For instance, the Biftu Baha-group where 20 women have decided to produce and sell aloe vera and moringa soaps. Beekeeping is also stimulated. 50 modern beehives were handed over after a technical training was given to the beneficiaries.

Soil and water conservation is now organized by the local community. To support them, we distributed 80 pickaxes and 80 shovels. At the beginning of the upcoming rainy season, 1600 kg of improved maize seeds will be given to local farmers to increase the yield of fodder production. And 50.000 seedlings were sown (Moringa, Leusiniya and Sesbania amongst others) at the nursery site in Adamitulu Jido Kombolcha Woreda with collaboration of the ATJK Woreda Agriculture and Natural resource office.

Lastly, bylaws are drafted, making sure that by the end of this project, the community can take full responsibility of all activities in a sustainable way. We are happy to see that so much progress has been made for the 350 beneficiaries of this project that focusses on a wide variety of initiatives.

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International Safety Day

20 May 2022 Mariska Braam

On Thursday May 19 we celebrated International Safety Day. A program was prepared in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Water and Energy Office, 5 flower farms (Sher Ethiopia, Ziway Roses, AQ roses, Herburg Roses and Braam Roses) and the neighboring Soda ash company. All 100 participants joined a field visit at Ziway Rose and a panel discussion at the Sher Clubhouse. The theme ‘Act together to build a positive health and safety culture’, resulted in a lively discussion.

In the morning, the field visit started with a tour in town and on the compound creating awareness amongst the flower farm workers on health and safety matters. At the closing ceremony several awards and certificates were handed out. The meeting ended with a blessing by the elders and a joint lunch.

We thank our Health and Safety committee members for their continuous efforts on this important topic. Acting together and taking ownership will make our farms and community a saver place.


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Management training

9 May 2022 Aswin Endeman

In our continuous process of developing our team and people, we have trained our company managers in Ethiopia during a 2-day Effective Leadership Training on April 28 & 29, hosted by R&D Group. The balance between theory and interactive exercises made the training energetic and spent with positive vibes.

Topics such as leadership styles, effective communication, delegation, time management, conflict management and teamwork were part of this training.

We wish our management the best of success in the implementation of the skills learned and as a team we are happy to support them.

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Ziway / Batu water hyacinth pilot project

22 April 2022 Mariska Braam

On Wednesday April 13 a meeting was held in Ziway to kick-start a new pilot project to find sustainable solutions to the water hyacinth (embodj) problem in Lake Ziway. Nine partners have joined forces in a two-year project: 5 flower farms (Sher Ethiopia, Ziway Roses, AQ Roses, Braam Roses and Herburg Roses), IDH, specialists from PUM, Haile Resort and implementing partner Fair & Sustainable.

The project aims to produce briquettes from dried water hyacinth and to develop handicrafts. The goal is to create small businesses for women and youth. Within two years of piloting approximately 70 people will have an additional income or a full-time job. When proven successful, the project can be scaled up to a larger area around the lake resulting in the processing of large quantities of water hyacinth.

During the kick-start meeting all stakeholders including local government, farmers, fishermen and scientists were introduced to the project’s goals and expectations.


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New lab-machine donated to Sher Ethiopia Hospital by PFSA

17 April 2022 Aswin Endeman

Recently the Pharmaceutical Fund and Supply Agency (PFSA) has donated a new Cobass C311 labmachine to Sher Ethiopia Hospital. The donation acknowledges the longtime commitment that Sher Hospital has made in providing affordable medical services to the local community in and around Ziway/Batu.

The Cobass C311 machine can process all kinds of chemistry, electrolyte, and enzymatic tests such as cholinesterase with a capacity up to 300 tests per hour.  Last week, the Sher laboratory staff received an extensive training by agent Retina and supplier Roch.

Surafel Kebede, lab technician at the Sher Ethiopia hospital says:” I would like to thank the supplier Retina representatives Asheber Gurmesa and Tesfahun who have trained us on using this machine. We are now fully prepared to provide the necessary services to our patients by using this machine to its full extend”.

Our sincere thank goes out to the staff of PFSA, Retina and Roch for this remarkable donation that helps to maintain affordable medical care for the region.


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New vacancy: Environmental Manager

7 April 2022 Aswin Endeman

Sher Ethiopia is looking for talent!

Have you finalized your MSC in Environmental Studies and more than 5 years of relevant work experience? Do you know how to explain and present technical features on agricultural / environmental issues? Can you make annual environmental plans which are according to the actual legislation and can you perform and guide environmental audits?

Look at our job vacancy for which Ethiojobs is supporting us and apply via their website.

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Sher Ethiopia awarded by Fairtrade Africa

1 April 2022 Aswin Endeman

To commemorate the international women’s day celebrations, last week, Fairtrade Africa Eastern and Central Africa (ECAN) Network hosted an event named #breakingthebias in Ziway Ethiopia. This event (full report here) brought together producer champions including women led producer organizations from across East Africa to recognize, celebrate and exchange on their best practices and initiatives that have advanced gender equality and women empowerment within their producer organizations.

One day before the event, participants from Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, and Democratic Republic Congo visited Sher Ethiopia farm to meet the Gender Committee and to learn about their valuable work done related to disability inclusion and maternity leave. The group also visited Sher Ethiopia Hospital.

During the event on March 25, the Fairtrade Africa organization awarded Gender Champions from each country. For Ethiopia, Sher was awarded for being a leading organization when it comes to gender. The award and certificate were accepted by Adanech Duga (Chairperson) and Bodode Kilto on behalf of the Gender Committee. A great achievement.

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Gerrit & Nel Barnhoorn Scholarship awarded to 4 students

1 April 2022 Aswin Endeman

On March 23, the first Gerrit and Nel Barnhoorn Scholarships have been awarded to four Sher-school graduates. This 4-year scholarship was established in 2021 in commemoration of the 50th wedding anniversary of Gerrit and Nel Barnhoorn. The Barnhoorn family are the founders of Sher Ethiopia and its schools. Each year 4 students (2 female and 2 male) are granted a scholarship that helps them to cover a part of their study-expenses and cost of living at a university of their choice in Ethiopia. The main goal of the scholarship is to help high achieving students with disadvantaged backgrounds.

On Wednesday Aziza Suleman, Kaleb Jemal, Tensae Minase and Yidnekachew Masresha received the first scholarships from John Barnhoorn, son of Gerrit and Nel Barnhoorn. On behalf of his family, he congratulated the winners and thanked the Sher School teachers and supporting staff for their hard work over the past 15 years. “The fact that Sher School has made such a positive impact over the years and has changed so many lives since my parents started to build the first nursery classrooms in 2006, fills their hearts with joy and happiness” John said.

This year a group of 205 students completed the Sher-schools starting from kindergarten up to grade 12 in High-School. Four of them received a the Barnhoorn scholarship and four others were given a laptop. The ceremony took place in the presence of the students’ families, Sher Ethiopia managers, community elders, Sher School staff, the parents committee and officials from the Education Office, the Investment Office, EHPEA and the Woreda Administration.

We thank Mr. and Mrs. Barnhoorn for their unwavering support for the Sher Schools and Hospital over the years and we are extremely proud of these students as they are a true example of the positive impact that Sher Ethiopia has on the community in Ziway and surrounding areas. We wish all our graduated students a bright future, wherever it may take them.

Sher schools in Ethiopia accommodate over 6500 students at three locations. Approximately 400 children – starting at the age of 4 – are admitted to Sher schools every year. Admission takes place on a 50-50 basis, with an equal split between the children of employees and children from the local community.

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Lake Dembel Run

22 March 2022 Mariska Braam

On Sunday March 21 the first Lake Dembel Run was organized by the Oromia Tourism Commission, the Batu Mayor’s office and IDH. From Sher Ethiopia 100 participants competed in this running race (10 km) along the shores of Lake Ziway (currently branded as Lake Dembel).

The aim of the event was to create awareness on the need for sharing responsibilities for the shared resources of the lake and the catchment and for that to build stronger and better partnerships for joint action. On Friday before the race a lot of companies and citizens teamed up to clean the shores.

Congratulations to Tariku Rameto, a Sher employee who came in third place!