ACSOT’s CSSP project is moving along nicely. At current we are working on two items, a familiarization workshop which was intended to take place on December 8th but due to availability issue of officials on the woreda level we will be moving it to another time. However Trainers training is intended to start this week. We look forward to all other Activities regarding to this project.
Just to summaries the project for those how might not know about it, ACSOT is working with partners Mums for Mums, Operation Rescue, HAB and Chura Abogida Artistic Association on a project called “Build and strengthen CSOs/CBOs’ networks in Tigray Region and ensure effective inclusion to play vital role in the development process”
The objective of this project is by the year end of the project period, strong Woreda Network in the project areas will be established and the links and cooperation between the networks, CCCs & Women development at the grassroots level will have been built.
ACSOT has officially become a full Member of the HAPCO which includes a space on its board. ACSOT is very excited at this honor and looks forward to all the future work in this regards.
ACSOT Board members Meeting
ACSOTS board members are to meet this week to discuss the process for ACSOT to renew its license. At this meeting ACSOT will present the board with its Annual report for 2012 ad well as a proposal for what is to come in 2013. Along with those documents ACSOT will submit its audit report. ACSOT is meant to renew its license at the beginning of the next year.
ACSOT has officially ended its project with CRDA and is currently at the point of settlement. Yonas, the ACSOT accountant will be traveling to Addis on December 10th, 2012 to settle all final accounts.
24th HIV/AIDS day
ACSOT traveled to AXUM with many other people in Ethiopia to celebrate not only St. Marys day but also the annual Worlds AIDS day. Even though the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Tigray and Ethiopia has been on a general decline, HIV/AIDS is a serious problem shared worldwide. It does not discriminate against location, race or wealth and affects all facets of global society.
The event at Axum was attended by all of the Bureau heads as well as all of Tigrays Woredas leaders. The president of the region was also there to open the celebration. During the event there was a panel discussion that was attended but ACSOT and the discussion was focused on two parts. The first presenter focused on the status of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia and Tigray today. They discussed the decreasing prevalence and effected areas still today, like Ethiopia’s universities. Also discussed were negative impacts of HAPCO being dissolved in to the Bureau of Health as well as the low political commitment of leaders. The second presenter focused on the topic of mainstreaming HIV/AIDS and workplace policies. The conclusion was that workplaces in Ethiopia were not doing enough in regards to HIV/AIDS policy and an improvement is needed. Final a smaller discussion was dedicated to Khat use and how this major problem should be incorporated into the Bureau of Health’s agenda against HIV/AIDS. It was said that the semi-narcotic promoted an increase in HIV prevalence. These panel discussions were attended by about 250 people.
Ato Zemichael, Director of ACSOT was invited and participated in the opening ceremony of the new Adigrat University. The event was fantastic and ACSOT wished the new University all the best and much future success.
ACSOT has concluded with two training this past weekend for our TROCAIRE project. The two trainings took place at Gabriel Selassie hotel in Adigrat and focused on 1. Networking and 2. Downward accountability. Both trainings were a success and ACSOT looks forward to our next steps in the TROCAIRE project.
ACSOT completed last week a three day training for a VSO project we had on capacitating Members in the area of communication. The training was structured into two parts. The first part was two day training for those members needing more basic communications training. They focused on basic computer functions, Microsoft word, communications and finance. The second part was a one day training that focused more on advanced power point presentations skills as well as aspect of finance. The training overall was a success and ACSOT looks forward to answering the call by members for continued computer training.