The Dabaree Concept

Dabaree is a traditional Oromo economic system of relation and/or cooperation. The evidence shows that the Dabaree system, which is purely based on principles of reciprocity, creates a strong social and economic bond of cooperation between the cattle poor and the cattle rich. Rural communities barely remember about Dabaree support system.

Its practice has been constrained by two major factors:

1) a gradual phasing out of the support system (Dabaree) in most parts of the Oromia region, and

2) a dramatic decrease in the number of cattle-rich individual farmers willing to act as community benefactors through transfer of heads of cattle to poor members of the communities.

HUNDEE created various programs, including a program based on Dabaree. They formed a council to select beneficiaries to receive a cow donated by HUNDEE. Each beneficiary is obligated to provide an offspring of her cow to another beneficiary also designated by the council. Thus, they have created a self-sustaining program from minimal resources.

The results of these programs have included the following:

  • Empowered women to attain economic and social rights, and eradicate all forms of violence and discrimination against them in Oromia regional state.

  • Enabled small farmers, women, older persons, youth and other marginalized groups to get organized around common issues of concern for livelihoods and to revitalize proven community based traditional support system & institutions.

  • Reduced the vulnerability of target groups to transitory food shortage

  • Enabled target groups to rehabilitate their degraded land.

  • Developed relations with governmental organizations, civil institutions and NPOs/NGOs to further possible implementation of development activities together with them.

Utilizing the Programs

Our program will start in a local Church, which will act as a launching pad for our plan. Local Church members will form a council to implement the program utilizing Hundee as its model. The council will, among other things, set priorities and select beneficiaries under the program.

Similarities and Differences with HUNDEE

Unlike HUNDEE, CGWE is a Christian based NPO/NGO. Like HUNDEE, CGWE will use the Dabaree inspired self-help program. CGWE will also fully cooperate with HUNDEE in its effort to elevate the poverty in the area. Please see the attached HUNDEE’s annual performance report and proposal.

After Ms. Tadesse visited HUNDEE head office in Finfinnee (Addis Ababa) and discussing the proposed plan with the executives, they promised to commit to work with CGWE on the program and provide us with all necessary moral and material help. They gave us a verbal confirmation, followed by letters of support ( see the attached letter of commitment). They also offered office space and supplies free of charge.

C.G Women’s Empowerment seeks to empower women in Oromia in coordination with HUNDEE. HUNDEE’S model of Dabaree is a proven, viable model; CGWE wants to expand it to more locations. With a burning desire to empower women in the Oromia region, and the generosity of donor organizations, we will achieve our goal.

“For nothing is impossible with God."

-Luke 1:37

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:16

A cow often gives five to six liters of milk a day, giving a family milk, cream, butter, yogurt and cheese. Income from the sale of milk helps to pay for children to receive and education.

There will still be enough left over milk to raise a calf that can give milk to help more families or raise a calf for beef.

Because a healthy cow can produce a calf every year, every first-born calf will be passed on to a woman who is waiting for her turn to receive a heifer and eventually help an entire community move from poverty to self-reliance. Keep this worthy cause in mind and give a cow today!

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