[September 17-23 Activities]

CRDA – Monitoring and Evaluation – Axum

Ato Berihu and Ato Yonas went to Axum to conduct a Monitoring and Evaluation session for the end of ACSOT’s CRDA project.  The pair visited the project and ensured all 3 CCCs received their Birr 24,000 as part of their phase over.  A meeting was also held with the 3 woredas that housed the CCCs and issues like their next steps and action plans were discussed.  ACSOT also discussed plans to insure the projects sustainability and the capacity level of each CCC’s after the end of the official project.

 

CRDA – Review meeting with Grass Roots level – Wukro

ACSOT and Mums for Mums traveled to Wukro for a review meeting that was to be held with the Grass Roots level as a part of the CRDA phase over project.  ACSOT invited three CCC’s from Wukro, Agazi, Hareui and Dedawit.    Each CCC’s gave an account of what their experience has been to date.  They discussed the amounts they have been able to save and what their contributions have been to their communities.  They said their number one job up till now was to assess the problems of their districts.  They identified these to be clean water.  A problem they also said has now been solved.    Another issue discussed was the fraction between the 8 different themes of the CCC’s.  Some work with women, other children and people with Disability, but even though individual focus on these issues is important, a community must also realize they have common problems that must join together to solve.  Only with unity will the major issues be solved.

Hizaeti-Afras Dam Construction Project

Also while in Wukro ACSOT members participated in the opening ceremony of the Hizaeti-Afras Damn Construction process.  In response to climate change and non-secure rainfalls that lead to long dry season and drought, Adigrat Diocese Catholic Secretariat and Spanish FLS (Fundacio Lleida Solidaria) have come together to build a Birr 19.2 million damn.  This new Damn is believed to have the potential to benefit more than 340 farm households through irrigation schemes.  The opening ceremony was attended by Abune Tesfaselessie Medhin, Dishop of Adigrat, Abba Melaku, Abba Teum Berhe, the secretary General as well as many members of the FLS that flew in from Spain.

 

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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: 094.77.00.96 Email: acsot@ethionet.et
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