NGO Network Marks Day Of The African Child
The Monitor (Addis Ababa), June 22, 2000
By Our Staff Writer
Addis Ababa - A consortium of five indigenous NGOs operating in Zone 4 and 5
west of Addis Ababa marked the Day of the African Child under the motto "protect
children from HIV/AIDS" and "support the victimized children".
The event held at the Medhanialem Senior Secondary School was also preceded
by AIDS sensitization activities targeted at the communities in that part of Addis
through a mobile musical band, according to an executive of the consortium called
NGO Network. The consortium groups Multi-purpose Community Development
Project (MCDP), Berhan Integrated Community Development Organization
(BICDO), Mary Joy Aid through Development, Children Aid Ethiopia (CHAD-ET)
and New Life Community (NLC).
Woizero Mulu Haile, chairperson of the Zone 4 & 5 NGO Network, told The Monitor
that the group made an awareness campaign on the relevance of the event to the
issue of protecting rights of children among residents of the area. She said special
emphasis was given to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which
Ethiopia adopted into its latest constitution.
At Medhanialem School hundreds of young people attended the programme,
organized in collaboration with stakeholders and international partners of the NGO
Network. The consortium's international partners are Save the Children Norway,
Pact Ethiopia and the umbrella organization CRDA.
Mulu says the NGO group is operating at grassroots level in a range of community
development areas including basic infrastructure, health and sanitation as well as
informal education. The consortium was key in mobilizing the communities, mainly
in terms of free labour, and valuable share of experience among the local NGOs,
the executive says.
Most importantly, Mulu said, the grouping earned them donor confidence through a
demonstrated community mobilization.