Woldeamanuel Dubale Foundation(WaDF)

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To ease the  aggravating socio-economic problems, WaDF focuses on the following Six core thematic areas:

1. Food Security

Agriculture, which is the main economic sector for Ethiopia accounting above 85% of the rural population,  is highly constrained by recurrent  drought, unreliable rain fail, high population growth & natural disasters which has led to food insecurity. Every year on average close to 5 million people face food insecurity that is either chronic or transitory in nature. The Southern part of Ethiopia is one of the regions affected by food insecurity whereby most rural residents have poor saving culture, depend on rain fed agriculture and have little knowledge on integrated rural development .The most risk takers of food insecurity are female headed households most of whom have no land, have no property ownership right and engaged in meager economic sources such as selling fire wood, selling labor and petty cash trading among others.

From the economically poor families, children suffer from a number of deprivation & use different survival strategies including child labor . Because of stringent socio-economic crisis orphans and other vulnerable children will be forced to be engaged in begging, leading street life and commercial sex work just to mention a few.

2. Health

Ethiopia, as the least developed countries, faced different health problems the most critical ones being malaria, TB and HIV. The problem is not confined only to health but it goes beyond social, economical & psychological circumstances of individuals and communities. When it affects the health of an individual, it will create economical problem of a country because the working age group are the most vulnerable ones .Socio-culturally and psychologically damaged community members count themselves as worthless, weak, hopeless and are not motivated to be engaged on productive work; rather they are dependent &burden of the country which leads to deterioration of the country’s economy.

Because of communicable and non-communicable diseases, the number of orphan & vulnerable children increased from time to time. Currently, 4 million children are orphaned in Ethiopia nearly 1 million by AIDS (WHO, 2011). Most orphan become street children & do not get education and health facilities. The health facilities in rural areas are few & render inadequate services (WHO.2011):  only 6% of births are attended by skilled health professionals, 1 in 4 women dies in pregnancy or child birth .

3. Women and Child Empowerment

In Ethiopia, women and children are the most vulnerable groups who face cultural, social and economical burdens. Most of them are less educated which again contributes to lower social status. The nature of masculinity & femininity concept makes women powerless & put them at weak position. This in turn has reduced their chances to participate in decision making processing and assuming leading position. In rural parts of Ethiopia, women have limited legal backup to have access to productive assets such as land, livestock &cash crops. Women’s reproductive and productive roles are poorly respected & they are exposed to sexual abuse & exploitation.

Like women, children are greatly disadvantaged in many forms which include limited access to food, education and exposure to harmful traditional practices. Among the children, the girls take the forefront to be disadvantaged due to socio-cultural factors. School participation of girls is smaller compared to boys due to the wider gap in accessing basic education.

On 14 April 2012, the Foundation has organized a special ceremony for orphans and street children at Yirgalem and provided them with food, drinks and snacks during the Ethiopian Easter. Provision of 117 various books, worth of Birr 4218.60, was also made to Education Unit of the town which paved a way for enhancement of quality education delivery.

During the above Easter ceremony, more than 200 widows and poor families were invited a lunch and got psychological satisfaction during the holiday. The Foundation has also developed concept papers, on environmental protection and HIV/AIDS, and discussing with concerned bodies for possible interventions.

Due to economic problem, a number of girls and women withdraw from school and joining the sex industry where sex abuse, alcoholism and drug addiction are most common. To avert the socio-economic problems of women, WaDF selected 10 disadvantaged women from different hotels, based in Hawassa and Yirgalem, and made arrangements to attend vocational training on hair dressing in Mersi Training Center for 6 months starting from April 2012. The trainees were advised to be strong during the welcome ceremony which was held at Hawassa View Hotel and they have been supported by provision of course fee, pocket money and other humanitarian services.

4. Education

It’s obvious that education is the right and appropriate weapon, which is needed for all human kinds, and never be missed for all. In fact, access to basic education is the most prioritized one in the Millennium development Goal (MDG) and the serious issue in all over the world. Even though all countries have truly recognized that education is non-compromised choice, many developing countries including Ethiopia have been facing different challenges and unable to mitigate the problems because of economical and  socio-cultural and other related  factors.

Ethiopia is one of the sub-Sahara African countries which has been facing many problems with regards to quality education. Though the educational coverage at National level and   in the South Nation Nationality People Regional state (SNNPR) is appreciable, there are still vast problems to provide quality education on equitable basis and the dropout rate is very high at various levels. This indicates that many things are expected to be done and many hands of support should be joined together to overcome the educational challenges and thereby meet the MDG. 

In countryside, most parents are not willing to send their children, especially girls, to school because of socio-cultural and economic reasons. They would rather forced to engage their kids on various chores at home and outside and put their children’s fate at risk. The above factors are aggravated by lack of awareness and limited aspiration for a better future of their children. Out of the total  kids with  physical and mental impairments only few have a chance to go to school, as shown in table below , and  thus strong efforts are needs to enhance special needs education.

5 .Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Water is a part of basic need for all living things and sustenance of life is difficult without it.  Many people as well as animals suffer not only from the shortage of water but also from lack of access to potable water, poor sanitation, and unhygienic practices, which lead to occurrence of various water born diseases.  More than 250,000 children die every year due to unsafe water, poor sanitation and hygiene related diseases (Plan International Ethiopia program Office 2010 Report). The coverage of potable water in Ethiopia is 38 %, according to WaterAid and the access to sanitation facilities is 12%, according to World Bank report 2010, and makes it one of the lowest in Africa.

Though some NGOs are attempting to address the problems of water, sanitation and hygiene there is still huge gap which need be abridged by genuine interventions of development actors. For instance, in Sidama zone rural communities are forced to use unsafe drinking water, from ponds and lakes, due to lack of potable water, which has been contaminated by sewages and effluents that emanate from different sources of pollutants including cow dung.

3.6 Environmental Protection

Our environment has been devastated from time to time due to natural and man-made disasters. There is no doubt that Environmental problems have been contributing significant roles for global warming.

In most parts of SNNPR, the soil has been subjected to erosion, overgrazing, deforestation and frequent drought. The main causes of degradation are primarily the demand for more land for agriculture, fuel and construction as well as for grazing grounds. High population growth has been also aggravating the problem of the environment. Even if, now days, many concerned government bodies are giving serious attention to the environmental protection, the seriousness of the problem still persists and a lot has to be done by all development actors including environmental activists.

After observing the inadequate care and management, Woldeamanuel Dubale Foundation (WaDF) took the initiation of development of a Model Botanical Garden and discussed the possibilities of interventions with Addis Abeba University, Hawassa University, Hawassa Municipality and Hawassa City administration.

Following repeated consultation meetings, a concept paper was developed and circulated to the involved parties and Memorandum of Understanding wass signed with Hawassa  Municipality.Similarly, WaDF entered into project agreement with PPEP and CEDES on environmental protection with emphasis to establishment of botanical garden.






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Ethiopian New Year Celebration Successful at Yirgalem

To mark the Ethiopian New Year-Enqutatash and to show sympathy to disadvantaged children , Woldeamanuel Dubale Foundation (WaDF) arranged a special ceremony, during t the eve on 10 September 2012 , to orphans and street children at Yirgalem. The ceremony was organized in collaboration with Yirgalem City Women, Children and Youth office and attended by 230 people of whom 150 were OVC, 70 were disadvantaged people and 30 were invited guests and others.

W/o Abebech Kekebo, Deputy head of Yirgalem Women, Youth and Children Office, said that we have to join hands to avert the deep rooted socio-economic problems among children. Brief progress report of WaDF was presented by Ato Tesfaye Teshome, Program coordinator, and the way forward was notified, by the General manager of WaDF,Ato Melesse Woldemanauel, to the participants via Skype. The participants also made crucial panel discussion both at the podium and online.

The vice chairperson of WaDF,Ato Yohannis Biliso urged the members of the community and the government line departments to maximize their efforts in supporting WaDF through its development endeavors. The General manager also pledged to make whatever possible from the side of WaDF while genuine collaborative efforts are expected from government line departments and other development actors. At the end, the beneficiaries were invited a lunch and provided with snacks in order to revive their hope and to show the commitment of WaDF in addressing the problems of women and children.

Currently, the Foundation is making great efforts to support women and children on a sustainable basis through provision of educational materials, micro-financing, income generation scheme and arrangement of scholarships. Enkutatash or Ethiopian New Year is celebrated on September 11th according to the Western or Gregorian calendar. This time it is year 2005 for Ethiopians and Meskerem is seen as a month of transition from the old year to the new. It is a time to express hopes and dreams for the future.

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