Community Service in Ethiopia

Donations on behalf of the MSU School of Engineering to Orphanages and other Non-Governmental Agencies (NGO) in Ethiopia

I want to sincerely thank everyone who contributed to the fundraiser I started last May 2010 as part of my graduation pledge. There were close to 20 contributions ranging from $20 up to $300 for a total of $1,000. I did a dollar for dollar match for each contribution, which increased the total money raised to $2,000. During my visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in June 2010, I spoke to several people and members of the Rotary club in Addis to help me identify reputable and dependable NGOs that provide various types of services for children who are orphans or have medical problems. After I converted the $2000 US dollars into $30,000 Ethiopian dollars (ETB), I decided to divide it equally into three parts and make the $10,000 (ETB) donations to 3 NGOs that I felt were making a difference in the life of the children affected by poverty, health problems, etc…. I have attached their brochures and pictures that I took while I visited one of their training sites.

Pictures from the “Accueil d’Enfants D’Ethiopie (AcEdE)” NGO

The first NGO I visited was called “Accueil d”Enfants D’Ethiopie (AcEdE),” which is French for “Welcome Infants of Ethiopia.” Their mission is to rescue young mothers and children who leave in the streets of Addis Ababa. They sponsor them for up to two years, and help them find a foster family. They provide free day care for the children while the mothers get training and acquire skills such as embroidery, sewing, and weaving that will make them a productive part of society. The day care and the training sites for the mothers are at the same location to allow them to see each other during the day. The hope is that the mothers will become independent and self-sufficient and will refrain from abandoning their children in the streets.

Mother learning weaving

Mother learning sewing and taking a break to feed her child

Fig#3: Children having breakfast

Children having breakfast

Fig#4: Parents and children receiving free donated clothing

Parents and children receiving free donated clothing

Fig#5: Having fun with the kids

Having fun with the kids

Fig#6: Receiving the donation receipt ($10,000 Birr = $600 USD) from the director of the NGO

Making the donation to the director of the NGO

 

Pictures from “The Women for Women Foundation Inc.” NGO

The second NGO I visited was called “The Women for Women Foundation Inc.” It is created  by an American lady from Colorado who was visiting Ethiopia on vacation about 4 years ago. She was very saddened by the stories of little girls who were suffering from a health problem called “Fitsula” of their urogenital system. It happens to little girls mainly from the country side who are forced into marriage when they are as young as 10 years old. Some of them suffer a serious problem during the delivery of their babies. The sad part is that these little girls are abandoned by their husbands and parents once they become sick with the Fitsula. The lucky ones have to travel hundreds of kilometers to come to the city to get treatment and get rehabilitated. The Women for Women Foundation  NGO rehabilitates the girls by providing them with housing, medical care and also  giving them training such as embroidery, sewing, and hair care that will make them a productive part of society.

 

News paper articles from the US about the NGO

The girls learning about hair care

The girls learning about sewing

The girls getting a formal education

Donating the money to the NGO's Director

 

Pictures from the “Medhin Social Center” NGO

The third NGO I visited was called “The Medhin Social Center (MSC),” which is run by the Ethiopian Catholic church. They are actually a very large and well organized NGO with different types of programs, such as people and children with leprosy, HIV/AIDS, orphans, elderly and poor people, etc… I made our donation to the programs that help orphans and vulnerable children with HIV/AIDS. I couldn’t take pictures of the children when I visited the  site, but I plan to bring more pictures when I visit them this upcoming June 2011.

 

News paper articles from the US about the NGO

News paper articles from the US about the NGO

Donating the money to the NGO's Director

Thank you letter from Medhin NGO Director:

Dear Dr Yacob,

It is almost two weeks since you visited us at Medhen social Centre and offered us the generous gift that you and your colleagues at Electrical & Computer Engineering Department of Morgan State University contributed.  Please accept my belated gratitude for this generous gesture.  Thank you too for your personal role in this initiative on behalf of your people.  I was encouraged by your enthusiasm to help in any way you can.  Please convey my deep appreciation to your colleagues and to each contributor.  Attached you will find our receipt for Birr $10,000.  As agreed, it will go to support our OVC programs.

Blessings

Sister Senkenesh

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Pictures from the NGO called “Association for the Rehabilitation of Girls (A.R.G) (visited in 2012)

I donated $10,000 (ETB) to the A.R.G. NGO when I visited their office in June 2012. The mission of the A.R.G. NGO is to rescue young girls (some of them are mothers) that have been abused and live in the streets of Addis Ababa. They sponsor them for up to one year and provide them with the proper training so that they acquire skills such as leather-craft, wood-craft, sewing, and weaving that will make them a productive part of society. The students who graduate from the training are given a whole set of tools that will allow them to work and earn a living on their own.

Trainee learning wood-craft

Trainee learning wood-craft

Teachers working with the trainees

Tools used for teaching leather-craft

Leather purses made by the trainees

Leather shoes made by the trainees

Folding leather table made by the trainees

Tables and chairs made by the trainees