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.