Due to the lack of rainfall and scientific use of water and other resources many Tigreans were depend on emergency food aid programs. This is especially common on the USAID (CRS) supported Joint Emergency Operational Plan (JEOP) implemented by Relief Society of Tigray (REST).
Hailay G/Michael, 42, is among the many family heads that joined the emergency food aid programme. Two years ago, Hailay and his family were in a miserable life condition. This was due to the poor harvest. He couldn’t able to feed the family. This was his critical time to have the basic requirements – food, shelter and cloth. Hailay, the father of one also has another shock. In addition to all life matters, he was HIV positive.
Hailay says “In 2006 I was very sick with unidentified disease. I decided to go to hospital to know my problem. And the doctor told me that I am HIV positive. This was another burden to the economic as well as social stresses. Personally, I was very depressed with these all challenges.”
After refined all these troubles, local representatives recruited Hailay as full family target in the emergency food program. Starting from the first round he has three quotas equal to his family size. This help him to mercy his family’s life. Later on, using the emergency food as a bridge, Hailay started to engage in a petty business activity.