SouthWest Energy conducts an active community development programme in all the communities where it works. Annual initiatives focus on improving the livelihood of the region’s population, most of whom are pastoralists with small farmsteads and livestock.
In 2011, SWE rehabilitated a primary school located in Qaho near the town of Kebri Beyha. The foundation of the school was built by the local government but construction halted due to a shortage of funds. SWE hired a local contractor to complete the school including installation of a ceiling, doors, windows, electrical work, painting and other finishing work. SWE also furnished the school with new desks, blackboards, bookshelves, text books and teacher uniforms to make the school fully operational. The Qaho Primary School was officially inaugurated during an opening ceremony on February 2, 2012, where local community officials, students and families were in attendance. During the ceremony, students were given new school bags packed with stationery materials.
In 2012, SWE completed rehabilitation work on another school in the town of Gobley, near Jijiga. In 2010, SWE distributed more than US$75,000 of veterinary medicine, water purification medicine and basic agricultural equipment to local communities in the Jijiga Basin. This much-needed equipment has had a positive effect on the welfare of the community. In 2013, community development initiatives will focus on solar light distribution in the Jijiga Basin and distribution of computers and training to public high schools in Gambella.- Read Less