[September 9-16 Activities]

Mekelle Child Sub-Forum

Another meeting for the child sub forum was held on the 13th at Operation Rescue.  This one was much more successful then the last.  The meeting was attended by the highest amount members to date.  At this meeting BOLSA has extended its deadline for the collection of 2004 Reports and 2005 Action plans to the end of September.  It was also decided that in the future BOLSA will be expecting hard AND softcopies of both documents to ensure everyone’s participation.  During this meeting the government agency also presented its annual report and its action plan for the next year.   Also announced was that the next experience sharing meeting , that will be held on September 21 at Mekelle Mekaneyesus Church Child Development Project.


Partnership Forum on HIV/AIDS

The Partnership forum on HIV/AIDS held another meeting; this one was the first to be chaired by the Bureau of Health.  This is very exciting because it shows a shift from CSO’s taking full responsibility for the forum to a more governmental involvement.  The event was more specifically chaired by Ato Hago Godafay, who submitted the Bureau of Health’s annual report.  The report was discussed throughout most of the meeting.  Also, The Bureau of Health has requested that all members of the forum submit 2005 Action plans in regards to HIV/AIDS by September 25th to Ato Abade of Operation Rescue. 


The Nazareth Children’s Center and Integrated Development (NACID)

 NACID held a workshop at Axum Hotel to announce and introduce itself to the CSO community of Mekelle.  NACID has been around in Ethiopia since 1989, working in regions like Amhara, Oromo, Afar and Addis Ababa.  It has decided now to open a branch here in Mekelle, Tigray. 

NACID was first started to save the lives of the children who had lost their parent’s during the famous 1984-1985 famine.  After the immediate crisis had ended NACID had expanded its focus to orphaned children in deprived rural and urban communities.   Today it works all over Ethiopia and plans its interventions in Tigray in the following areas;  HIV/AIDS, Primary eye care, Reproductive Health, Street Children Rehabilitation and water and sanitation.  

NACID will be ACSOTs newest member and we encourage all of you to check out their website at www.nacid.org.






About Alliance of Civil Society Organizations of Tigray

The Alliance of Civil Society Organizations of Tigray is a non-political, not for profit consortium that acts as an umbrella organization for all federaly registered Civil Societies in the region of Tigray in Ethiopia. It is a national participatory initiative that encourages local groups (however small) to empower not only themselves through collective experience sharing but to empower those in their communities to uplif themselves from the issues at hand. Each member organizations battles diverse societal issues that reach to all facets of local population. ACSOT represents Childrens groups, Health initiatives (Including HIV/AIDS based societies), Societies for the blind and differently abled, and many Mass-based societies like Women, Youth and Pofessional Associations. With such a broad and diverse network of people and topics, ACSOT strives to create a common forum for it’s members to bring about a common voice. We have all heard the popular saying “ United we stand but divided we shall fall.” This is something that applies to the core values of ACSOT. With a unified common voice even the smallest members can be heard. As an umbrealla Organization ACSOT is an essential arm to conduct lobbying and dialouge on subjects of societal importance. It’s mass base opens dialouge for its members with parties they would not normaly have access to if standing alone. Dialouge is the first step towards sustainable, societal development. ACSOT’s primary objectives are as follows: 1. Promote Participatory development in a coordinated and organized manner. 2. Enhance Technical capacity of member organizations through different training programs. 3.Service as a bridge among regional government, CSO’s and the People of Tigray. General Background of ACSOT The Alliance of Civil Society Organizations of Tigray was established in 2007 and has a total of 74 registered members, federally and regionally. ACSOT envisions strongly bonded vibrant CSOs’ networks, effecting good governance, democratization, improved livelihood, and green and friendly environment throughout the world. ACSOT Works with International Partner charities like TROCAIRE/CAFOD/SCIAF, European Commission (Civil Society Fund), UNAIDS as well as National and Regional groups like The Consortium of Christian Relif & Development Association (CCRDA), Relif Society of Tigray (REST), and Tigray HAPCO. Further, ACSOT wants to expand its working relation with other Regional and National charities and societies like NECSO-Oromia, Resource Centre - SNNPR, APDF - Afar, BGDAN - Benishangul–Gumuz. Legal and Loose ends ACSOT definition of Civil Society: The area of uncoerced collective action around shared interests, purposes and values. List of all Federally Registered Members who adhere to the “Charities & Societies Proclamation Number 621/2009” • Tigray Region Teacher’s Association • Partner for Development Association • Union Disability Association of Tigray • Ethiopian Society of Sociologist, Social Workers and Anthropologists • Ethiopia Siga Dewe Tetekiwoch Beherawi Mahiber • Organization for Social Services for AIDs • Family Umbrella Association • Save Generation Association Tigray • Human to Human AID Program • Vision in Action Social & Development Association • Daughters of Charity • The Ethiopian Catholic Church Social and Development Commission • Human Being Association of Brotherhood • Tigray Development Association • United Evangelical Church Association • Children & Youth Welfare & Development Association • Ethiopian National Assocaition on Intellectual Disabilities • Welfare Association Arch Bishop Yohannes • Quality of Education for Sustainable Development Association • Relif Society of Tigray • Mums for Mums • Chora Abuguda Association • Operation Rescue Ethiopia • Champions of Change HIV positive Demobilized Fighters Association of Tigray • Lola Children’s Home for HIV Orphans • New Vision HIV Positive Association • Nesanet HIV ve Associaiton Tigray • Rese Debriteka Senior Citizens case support Assocaition • SOS Children Village Mekelle • Nur-Selam HIV positive Muslim Association of Tigray • Hdasea HIV positive Association Tigray • Ethiopian National Association of the Blind • Ethiopian Orthodox Church Development & Inter-Church Aid Commission • Progressive Ethiopian Women Development Associaton • African Service Committee • Bright African intergration NOTE: ACSOT is a transparent organization that promotes accountability and good goverenance not only in its ranks but amongst its members inclusivly. If anyone has further questions on ACSOT operations or how one can get involved please feel free to contact us. Address: Kahsa Building, 1st floor, Rooms 104& 105, Mekelle, Ethiopia. Contact: Ato Zemicael G/Medhin Executive Director ACSOT Tel: 034.440.03.53 Mobile: Email: acsot@ethionet.et
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