April 2008: Update to the Global Board (Ethiopia)

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Below is a table outlining the detailed achievements that took place in each epicenter during the period October 2007-March 2008. This report was submitted to the Global Board of Directors in preparation for the April 2008 meeting. The report refers to the four phases of the Epicenter Strategy. Learn more about the phases of the Epicenter Strategy and how it works.

Jaldu Epicenter

Start Year: 2005

Phase: 3

Major Accomplishments

  • The epicenter grain bank currently has 29 bags of grain.
  • In the first quarter of 2008, the epicenter earned income amount of Birr 6486.50 and spent Birr 14096.00 for different purposes. The balance at the epicenter's account this time is Birr 15726.24.
  • Out of the total potato production in Jaldu, which was harvested during the last quarter, 1,460 kg has been kept for seed for the next season plantation, 2,072 kg is being sold to the community, 101 kg is kept for day feeding for the children in the epicenter nursery and 450 Kg, mostly damaged, is used for compost production.
  • 18 construction projects—nine Literacy Centers (LC), one Health Post (HP), and eight Safe Water Supply (SWS)—were planned for implementation in the quarter. For two SWS projects, six LC and one HP, construction was progressing well and the rest lagged behind the plan due to lack of skilled labor, damage of mold (to produce concrete pipe), and time required to settle partner community requests for change of site.
  • 40 children, of whom 20 are girls, are currently attending nursery school at the epicenter. The children are provided one meal per day.
  • Jewo Literacy Center, which was completed in a previous quarter, started operation. Currently, in the Literacy Center, 181 adults (84 females) are attending the literacy program with one teacher who is hired by Jewo community. One completed LC is not operational due to lack of a trainer; it is expected to commence operation shortly.
  • In the epicenter clinic, 91 children were vaccinated, 60 adults were provided with family planning devices (pills, injection and condoms), 28 mothers were given antenatal and post natal services, 33 were provided with first aid.
  • 79 households prepared dry waste disposals and 48 constructed toilets.
  • 4,345 individuals (2,473 females) received education on HIV/AIDS, latrine construction, family planning, tuberculosis and leprosy, environmental sanitation, and mother and child care.
  • Regarding partner projects, the implementation of a gravity water supply scheme in Urga and Ilike Kebeles of Jaldu Epicenter is in progress. The beneficiary community has nearly completed construction material collection and is organized to perform excavation and backfilling works. On average, 200 community members were doing material collection and transportation to sites in the villages. The Jaldu Water Project is financed by The Rotary Club International.
  • An orientation workshop was held for 56 African Woman Food Farmer Initiative (AWFFI) and 19 Strategic-Planning-in-Action (SPIA) loan partners on gender, harmful traditional practices, HIV/AIDS, family planning and environmental health. A refresher training was also given to 13 traditional birth attendants.
  • 33 households separated animal and human housing units after advice and training was given through epicenter clinic workers.

Debre Libanos Epicenter

Start Year: 2006

Phase: 3

Major Accomplishments

  • The epicenter grain bank currently has 61 bags of grain.
  • In the first quarter, the epicenter earned income amount of Birr 2500 and spent Birr 830 for different purposes. The balance in the epicenter's account this time is Birr 9170.
  • 11 construction projects (5 Literacy Centers, 6 Safe Water Supply) were planned for implementation in the quarter. Except in one safe water supply project, progress is satisfactory.  Due to the season's decreased farming activity and the intensive mobilization work, community participation was found to be more than expected. This has made the construction work progress more quickly than planned, which in turn resulted in higher demand for construction materials. To comply with the demand, The Hunger Project-Ethiopia has revised its material supply schedule.
  • For the construction work going on in the community, the villagers contributed in various forms, which amounts Birr 26262.
  • 40 children (22 male and 18 female ) are currently attending nursery school classes. Children are provided one daytime meal during their stay.



Mesqan Epicenter

Start Year: 2006

Phase: 3

Major Accomplishments

  • The epicenter grain bank currently has 463 bags of grain.
  • 12 construction projects (6 Literacy Centers, 6 Safe Water Supply) were planned for implementation in the quarter. Except in the Safe Water Supply project, all are progressing satisfactorily.  Due to the same phenomenon encountered in Debre Libanos construction—that being advance work performed by the community—material supply was short in the epicenter.
  • Mesqan Epicenter was inaugurated on February 16, 2008 in the presence of woreda (district-level) and zonal administration representatives, staff from The Hunger Project Global and The Hunger Project-Ethiopia offices, African country ambassadors, local community and natives living in the nearby cities including Addis Ababa. About 3,000 people attended the ceremony.

Machakel Epicenter

Start Year: 2007

Phase: 1

Major Accomplishments

  • The Machakel Epicenter Project agreement was signed with the regional government after the comments of all parties were considered. The document has been distributed to the Epicenter Committees and woreda, zonal and regional relevant partners.
  • An Epicenter Project Officer has been hired and he was deployed after orientation on The Hunger Project principles and approaches, which was also supported by experience sharing visits to two previously launched epicenters.
  • Preparation to build the epicenter facility is undergoing.
  • The community members and Epicenter Committee were briefed on the five-year plan and the current year plans by the Epicenter Project Officer.

Wurib Epicenter

Start Year: 2009

Phase: 1

Major Accomplishments

  • The fourth epicenter has been identified and communication with woreda and village representatives has been held. About 183 community members and representatives attended the first day orientation on The Hunger Project-Ethiopia's objectives, principles, programs, strategies and activities.
  • The new site, Wurib, is located 145 kilometers from Addis Ababa and 19 kilometers from Mesqan Epicenter.

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