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ትንሽ ዘር፣ የዋንጋሪ ማታይ ታሪክ A Tiny Seed: The Story of Wangari Maathai Una pequeña semilla: la historia de Wangari Maathai

Written by Nicola Rijsdijk

Illustrated by Maya Marshak

Translated by Mezemir Girma

Language Amharic

Level Level 3

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በምስራቅ አፍሪካ በሚገኘው የኬንያ ተራራ በአንድ በኩል በሚገኝ አንድ መንደር አንዲት ትንሽ ልጅ ከእናቷ ጋር በማሳ ላይ ትሰራ ነበር። ስሟም ዋንጋሪ ይባላል።

In a village on the slopes of Mount Kenya in East Africa, a little girl worked in the fields with her mother. Her name was Wangari.

En una aldea ubicada en la cuesta del Monte Kenia en África del Este, una niña pequeña trabajaba en los campos con su madre. Su nombre era Wangari.


ዋንጋሪ ውጪ ውጪውን ማለት ትወዳለች። በቤተሰቧ የአትክልት ስፍራ አፈሩን በገጀራ ትቆፍራለች። ትናንሽ ዘሮችንም ወደ ሞቃቱ መሬት ትከታለች።

Wangari loved being outside. In her family’s food garden she broke up the soil with her machete. She pressed tiny seeds into the warm earth.

A Wangari le encantaba estar afuera. En el huerto de su familia, ella separaba la tierra con su machete y plantaba pequeñas semillas en la tierra tibia.


ፀሐይ ከገባች በኋላ ያለውን ጊዜ በጣም ትወደዋለች። እጽዋቱ አልታይ ማለት በሚጀምሩበት ጊዜ ዋንጋሪ ወደ ቤቷ መሄጃው ሰዓት መድረሱን ታውቃለች። በማሳዎቹ ውስጥ ያሉትን ጠባብ መንገዶች ተከትላና ስትሄድ እንዳደረገችው ወንዙን አቋርጣ ትመለሳለች።

Her favourite time of day was just after sunset. When it got too dark to see the plants, Wangari knew it was time to go home. She would follow the narrow paths through the fields, crossing rivers as she went.

Su momento favorito del día era justo después del anochecer. Cuando se ponía muy oscuro y no podía mirar las plantas. Entonces era cuando Wangari sabía que debía regresar a casa. Ella caminaba por los senderos angostos del campo, cruzando los ríos que estaban en su camino.


ዋንጋሪ ትምህርት ቤት መሄድ የምትወድ ጎበዝ ልጅ ነበረች። እናትና አባቷ ግን እቤት ቆይታ እንድታግዛቸው ይፈልጉ ነበር። ሰባት ዓመት ሲሆናት ታላቅ ወንድሟ ወላጆቿን ትምህርት ቤት እንዲያስገቧት አሳመናቸው።

Wangari was a clever child and couldn’t wait to go to school. But her mother and father wanted her to stay and help them at home. When she was seven years old, her big brother persuaded her parents to let her go to school.

Wangari era una niña astuta y no podía esperar para ir a la escuela. Pero su madre y padre querían que ella se quedara para ayudarlos con los quehaceres del hogar. Cuando cumplió siete años, su hermano mayor convenció a sus padres para que ella fuera a la escuela.


ዋንጋሪም ትምህርት ትወድ ነበር! መጽሐፍ ባነበበች ቁጥር ብዙ እያወቀች መጣች። በትምህርቷ ጥሩ ውጤት ስላስመዘገበች አሜሪካ እንድትማር ተጋበዘች። ዋንጋሪ እጅግ ተደሰተች! ስለ ዓለም ብዙ ለማወቅም ፈለገች።

She liked to learn! Wangari learnt more and more with every book she read. She did so well at school that she was invited to study in the United States of America. Wangari was excited! She wanted to know more about the world.

¡A ella le gusta aprender! Wangari aprende muy rápido con cada libro que lee. A ella le iba tan bien en la escuela que la invitaron a estudiar en Estados Unidos. ¡Wangari estaba muy entusiasmada! Ella quería aprender más acerca del mundo.


በአሜሪካውም ዩኒቨርሲቲ ዋንጋሪ ብዙ አዳዲስ ነገሮችን ተማረች። እጽዋትንና አስተዳደጋቸውን ተማረች። ራሷ እንዴት እንዳደገችም አስታወሰች። በሚያማምሩት የኬንያ ደኖች ከወንድሞቿ ጋር የተለያዩ ጨዋታዎችን ስትጫወት ነበር ያደገችው።

At the American university Wangari learnt many new things. She studied plants and how they grow. And she remembered how she grew: playing games with her brothers in the shade of the trees in the beautiful Kenyan forests.

En la universidad americana, Wangari aprendió muchas cosas nuevas. Ella estudió sobre las plantas y cómo ellas crecen. Y recordó cómo ella creció: jugando con su hermano bajo la sombra de árboles hermosos en los bosques de Kenia.


ብዙ እየተማረች ስትሄድም የኬንያን ህዝብ መውደዷ የበለጠ እየተገለጠላት መጣ። ደስተኛና ነጻ ሕዝብ እንዲሆን ፈለገች። ብዙ እየተማረች ስትሄድም የአፍሪካው ቤቷ ይበልጥ ትዝ እያላት መጣ።

The more she learnt, the more she realised that she loved the people of Kenya. She wanted them to be happy and free. The more she learnt, the more she remembered her African home.

Mientras más aprendía, más se daba cuenta de que le encantaba la gente de Kenia. Ella quería que ellos fueran felices y libres. Mientras más aprendía, más recordaba su casa en África.


ትምህርቷን ስትጨርስ ወደ ኬንያ ተመለሰች። አገሯን ግን ተቀይራ አገኘቻት። ትላልቅ እርሻዎች አገሪቱን አጥለቅልቀዋታል። ሴቶች ለማገዶ የሚሆን እንጨት አልነበራቸውም። ህዝቡ ደህይቶ ልጆቹ ተርበዋል።

When she had finished her studies, she returned to Kenya. But her country had changed. Huge farms stretched across the land. Women had no wood to make cooking fires. The people were poor and the children were hungry.

Al finalizar sus estudios, regresó a Kenia. Pero su país había cambiado. Habían granjas enormes que atravesaban todo el territorio. Las mujeres no tenían madera para hacer fogatas para cocinar. La gente era pobre y los niños tenían hambre.


ዋንጋሪ ምን ማድረግ እንዳለባት ታውቅ ነበር። ሴቶቹን ችግኝ እንዴት እንደሚያቸግኑና ዛፍ እንዴት እንደሚተክሉ አስተማረቻቸው። ሴቶቹም ዛፎቹን እየሸጡ ቤተሰባቸውን ማስተዳደር ቻሉ። ሴቶቹ በጣም ተደሰቱ። ዋንጋሪ አቅም እንዳላቸው እንደዲገነዘቡ ረድታቸዋለች።

Wangari knew what to do. She taught the women how to plant trees from seeds. The women sold the trees and used the money to look after their families. The women were very happy. Wangari had helped them to feel powerful and strong.

Wangari sabía qué hacer. Les enseñó a las mujeres a plantar árboles con semillas. Las mujeres vendían los árboles y usaban aquel dinero para cuidar a sus familias. Las mujeres estaban muy contentas. Wangari las había ayudado a sentirse poderosas y fuertes.


ከረጅም ጊዜ በኋላም አዳዲሶቹ ዛፎች ደን ሆኑ፤ ወንዞቹም እንደዱሮው መፍሰስ ጀመሩ። የዋንጋሪም መልዕክት በመላው አፍሪካ ተሰራጨ። ዛሬ ከዋንጋሪ ዘሮች ብዙ ዛፎች ተገኝተዋል።

As time passed, the new trees grew into forests, and the rivers started flowing again. Wangari’s message spread across Africa. Today, millions of trees have grown from Wangari’s seeds.

Con el paso del tiempo, los árboles nuevos siguieron creciendo hacia el bosque, y los ríos comenzaron a fluir nuevamente. El mensaje de Wangari se difundió por toda África. Hoy en día, millones de árboles han crecido gracias a las semillas de Wangari.


ዋንጋሪ በጣም ለፍታለች። በዓለም ዙሪያ የነበሩ ሰዎች ስራዋን አይተው ትልቅ ሽልማት ሰጧት። የዓለም የኖቤል ሽልማት ይባላል ሽልማቱ። ዋንጋሪም ይህን ሽልማት ስትቀበል የመጀመሪያዋ አፍሪካዊት ሴት ነች።

Wangari had worked hard. People all over the world took notice, and gave her a famous prize. It is called the Nobel Peace Prize, and she was the first African woman ever to receive it.

Wangari había trabajado muy duro. La gente de alrededor del mundo lo notó, y le otorgaron un premio famoso. Se llama Premio Nobel de la Paz ella fue la primera mujer africana en recibirlo.


ዋንጋሪ በ2011 አርፋለች። የሚያምር ዛፍ ባየን ቁጥር ግን ልናስታውሳት ይገባናል።

Wangari died in 2011, but we can think of her every time we see a beautiful tree.

Wangari murió el año 2011, pero la podemos recordar cada vez que miramos un hermoso árbol.


Written by: Nicola Rijsdijk
Illustrated by: Maya Marshak
Translated by: Mezemir Girma
Language: Amharic
Level: Level 3
Source: A Tiny Seed: The Story of Wangari Maathai from African Storybook
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