As you are aware, “Fuga” is the derogatory, offensive, and depreciating name given to potters, one of the artisan groups that are found in Kembatta / Tembaro zone and other parts of Ethiopia. These skilled artisans live at the margins of society with absolutely no rights, in conditions that are hard to believe in 21st century. Their exclusion from society was total and included lack of land use rights and inability to intermarry. Since 2006, KMG has launched a series of successful initiatives to mobilize and organize these groups to fight for their human rights and dignity. Leveraging its proven societal change methodologies for communities to mobilize themselves and address their own concerns, KMG has unleashed in these groups a holistic transformation that is already showing very promising results. And reminiscent of the Uncut Girl celebration, the Fuga will for the first time celebrate their accomplishments on October 1st, 2015. The celebration will bring the plight of these people to the public, highlight the dramatic successes achieved to date, and put pressure the government to take appropriate policy actions to recognize their rights. KMG will need approximately $40 thousand Ethiopian Birr (approximately 2,000 US dollars) to organize this first celebration of the “Fugas” (now known as “Golden Hands”)
KMG needs your support to bring the plight of these people to the public, and to organize the first celebration.