Projectafronding

De afgelopen 10 jaar hebben we samen met onze partner-organisaties in Ethiopië en dankzij de ondersteuning van vele donateurs twee mooie projecten kunnen uitvoeren: ondersteuning voor ouderen op het platteland in Rema  en voor kinderen in de hoofdstad Addis Abeba. Voor beide doelgroepen was dat vooral in de vorm van een goed dak boven het hoofd, voeding, kleding en medische zorg.
De kinderen in het Mercy Happy Childrens Home krijgen daarnaast ook (voorbereidend) onderwijs.
Onlangs hebben we vastgesteld dat dit jaar de ondersteuning vanuit Nederland voor beide initiatieven kan worden afgebouwd omdat zij op eigen kracht met lokale steun verder kunnen gaan.

Vanaf 1 juli 2016 beëindigen we onze ondersteuning aan de beide projecten. Door uw hulp werden ouderen erkend en geholpen en kregen straatkinderen een betere toekomst. We zullen beide projecten in Ethiopië blijven volgen en wie weet komt er een nieuw project op ons pad.

WE DANKEN AL ONZE DONATEURS HARTELIJK VOOR HUN STEUN IN DE AFGELOPEN JAREN!

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Nieuwsbrief Mercy Home

Mercy Ministry Happy Children’s Home – November 2013

Greetings families and friends of Mercy Home!

It has been a while since we sent you news about your second home in Ethiopia! I will try to update you what has been going on with the home and the children for the past few months.

As you all remember mid-September is Ethiopian new year, so we were working hard in preparing the children’s uniforms, clothes, school fees and bags filled with school resources  before the new school year
starts, as always with your contribution and kind hearts we have managed to do so!  Before the starting date of the new school year we managed to buy all resources and clothing for 92 children so they could continue their education and be a productive citizen. We call all of our children to congratulate them and see them off to the new school year with full gear; we had the following activities when that celebration happened.

We call all children to the compound of mercy home to spend time with their fellow students, friends  and families, we had a speech presented by the representative from the ASKO sub city women and children office regarding what is expected from the children and their families to make them a better and productive citizen and also the rolls of families and guardians in leading the children to a better future.

Then followed by presenting surprising gifts to children who has the highest score 1st up to 3rd in the last school year.  The children who had the top score were given  award by the Gusts and staffs of Mercy
home. Discussion with families and the children in what we are expecting from them and what they should expect from mercy home as well were also the big points which were discussed on that day,
followed by a traditional feast with homemade bread soft drinks and music, the children and families continued to celebrate the great achievements of their children and the help that Mercy home have been
giving to improve the lives of the children and the families.

The final ceremony was experience sharing among children so that other children could be motivated and give more attention to their education. Taking pictures of all the children, families and the
staffs, was the closing event for the day.

The new children
As you all know September and October is a big time for mercy home and the staffs because it is a time to select new children who will be joining the program.  With the help of women and children affair
bureau we were on the process of selecting and targeting families who are suffering with poverty and who are unable to send their children to school, we under go in selection and recruiting of new group of
children who will be joining the program for 2013/2014. This year we got profiles of 45 families and we try to see which families and child need an intervention in helping the children to join the program for a
year and be part of the mercy home family. As always it was so hard and sad that we could only accept 15 children per a year so we have chosen 15 children to spend the coming year with us and be part of the
family.

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Feeding program.
As you all remember we started a lunch program for children who are not getting enough nutrition and attention from their families due to socio economic problems. Mercy Home provides a nutritional meal for theses 51 children for 5 days a week. After we implement this program last year the feedback we got from the teachers and the children are indescribable. It is with great pleasure and gratitude we inform you all that with the help of GVN foundation and a generous donation we have the grant to continue the lunch program.

We give the gratitude for God who plays a big role in the existence of mercy home and giving us the opportunity to work with you and our partner GVN so that we could make a difference in the lives of these amazing children.

It is always a pleasure and comforting to knowing that we have all of you as part of the mercy home family in providing help to the children and their families.
All of this are possible because of the Joint effort of you, GVN and MMHCHA, so on behalf of the children and all the staffs of MMHCHA we thank you.

Best regards
Eyob Mamo

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Cycle for Light

Stichting Dèhna vraagt uw aandacht voor een bijzonder inititiatief van Stichting Solar Energie – Solar Energy Foundation.
Zij organiseren voor de tweede keer een fietssponsortocht langs diverse plaatsen in Ethiopia waar de Solar Energy Foundation zonne-energie-systemen heeft geplaatst. De fietstocht start dit jaar op 4 november 2013.

Vorig jaar is er gefietst van Solar Village naar Solar Valley in Ethiopië. Het verslag kunt u lezen op http://cycleforlight.reislogger.nl/

Meer informatie vindt u op www.solar-energy-foundation.nl/

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Mercy Home

Coördinator Eyob Mamo haalt ons op bij het hotel in het oude centrum van Addis Abeba. Na een half uur rijden arriveren we bij Mercy Home. Eyob leidt ons door het huis en het binnenplaatsje, dat er schoon en verzorgd uitziet.

Het nieuwe klasje, in september gestart, bestaat uit 18 kinderen van 5 tot 7 jaar. Sinds vorig schooljaar blijven de kinderen niet  langer doordeweeks ‘s nachts in Mercy Home slapen, omdat dat steeds vaker gewenningsproblemen gaf bij de terugkeer naar de thuissituatie na afloop van het schooljaar.

De kinderen zijn zeer uitbundig door onze aandacht en zingen een paar liedjes voor ons. Als er ballonnen worden uitgedeeld wordt het helemaal een dolle boel. We krijgen als kadootje 3 door de kinderen gemaakte schilderijtjes mee.

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Als we even later aan de koffie en popcorn zitten, vraag ik Eyob wat de uitdagingen/ problemen zijn waar Mercy Home voor staat. We komen tot de conclusie dat dat er 3 zijn, die met elkaar te maken hebben:

1) het aantal buitenlandse vrijwilligers dat enkele weken in Mercy Home komt werken is sterk afgenomen, zodat het verzorgen van de lessen bij slechts een paar mensen terecht komt, waaronder Eyob, naast zijn andere baan.

2) donaties, die binnenkomen via (ex-) vrijwilligers en hun familie, nemen af.

3) het aantal kinderen dat succesvol wordt voorbereid op school neemt elk jaar toe. En daarmee de kosten van o.a. schoolgeld, dat door Mercy Home voor hen wordt betaald.

Ik spreek met Eyob af dat we vanuit Dèhna structureel zullen blijven proberen donaties te werven. Daarnaast zullen we een poging wagen vrijwilligers voor Mercy Home in Nederland te werven. Want dit mooie initiatief blijft onze steun verdienen!

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Rema

De 8 oudere dames hebben allen weliswaar hun medische problemen, maar gelukkig ook nog energie om hun woonplek naar eigen zin in te richten. Zo hebben ze ieder een afgeschermde kookplaats gemaakt.  Gevolg daarvan is wel dat ze geen gebruik maken van de centrale kookplek.

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Om het project (deels) zelfvoorzienend te maken zijn er een aantal initiatieven genomen. Van de indertijd 8 aangeschafte kippen scharrelen er echter nog maar 2 rond. Twee van de 3 koeien hebben vorig jaar een kalverstier op de wereld gezet. Deze worden nog gehouden totdat zij groot genoeg zijn om voor een redelijke prijs verkocht te worden. De koeien waren dit jaar weer zwanger. Eén van hen heeft, samen met het kalf,  de geboorte niet overleefd. We hopen dat de bevalling van de andere wel goed verloopt. Al met al is de netto opbrengst van de koeien (opbrengst van de melk minus de kosten voor de verzorging en het voer) minder dan verwacht. We zijn daarom met onze contactpersoon Samson Tsegaye bezig verschillende toekomst-scenario’s voor het project in Rema uit te werken.

Wordt vervolgd!

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Verblijf in Mercy Home

(uit het dagboek van Inge)

17 januari
Vandaag heb ik de eerste lesdag meegemaakt, en het was superleuk. We hebben de kinderen met spelletjes, liedjes e.d. geleerd hoe ze hun gevoelens in het Engels kunnen uitdrukken. Nu kunnen de meeste kinderen zeggen: I’m happy, sad, tired, hungry, full, thirsty, confused, angry, exited. Ook hebben we nog geoefend met rekenen. Ik heb nog niet echt veel lesgegeven, maar meer gekeken hoe alles in zijn werk ging en hier en daar geholpen.

9 februari
Het lesgeven gaat steeds beter. Tijdens rekenen heb ik geen makkelijke groep, de beginners. Het zijn erg jonge kinderen die bijna geen concentratie hebben, laat staan een stimulans. Aan mij de taak om ze in het Engels wat rekenvaardigheden te laten ontwikkelen. Het gaat steeds beter: ze tellen al tot honderd in het Engels!

16 maart
De kinderen maken het goed. Kidest, Tista, en Hewan hebben hun mooie krullen ingeruild voor een kaal  koppie, maar het staat ze goed. Deze week draag ik mijn rekenklasje langzaam over aan de nieuwe vrijwilliger. De laatste 2 maanden zijn ze er erg op vooruit gegaan. Het wordt moeilijk om alle kids hier achter te laten. Hopelijk kan ik ze opzoeken in mijn volgende trip naar Ethiopië…

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Donaties
Een onvergetelijke ervaring waaraan Inge graag in ondersteunende zin een vervolg wil geven. En Stichting Dèhna gaat haar daarbij helpen! Donaties die Dèhna hiervoor gaat werven zullen besteed worden aan de algemene middelen (onderdak, eten en drinken, schoolmateriaal…) van Mercy Ministry Happy Children’s Home.

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Mercy Home

Greetings dear families,

Before I start my update about the home I would like to thank and bless you for being there for us and for doing your very best for the existence of mercy Home and the help that we provide for the children and their families.Your kindness and support emotionally, with finance and prayer has enabled us to do what we do best! That is helping these underprivileged children and their families.

Starting from September all the staffs and families of mercy home were doing the best they can to support the mission and continue this great work that we are doing, and because of your great contribution and prayer we are able to go through the 2011-2012 programs.
Right now we have 15 children between the ages of 5-6, all of these children and their families are living below the poverty line and having mercy home and great families like you gave them a second chance to start the new chapter of their life.
On the beginning of the Ethiopian new school year because of the great help we got from our families (you) we were able to provide all necessary school supplies School fees, pens, pencils, uniform and clothes and shoes for all of the children that we been helping.
After two months we will give the micro business training for 8 family members and we will provide them with startup capital money of 2000 birr. All of this is possible because of your support and the kind heart that you have for the mission of MMHCHA and the people of Ethiopia.
Again all of these is possible because of your impute and your great contributions, we pray for your contentious support and prayer to keep on going and do the good thing, that is changing the lives of these children and their families.
God bless you all.

Eyob Mamo, Volunteer coordinator

24 december 2011

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Mercy Home

Dankzij onze donateurs kon de stichting weer mooie bedragen overmaken naar zowel het ouderenproject in Rema als voor de kinderen in het Mercy Childrens Home. Van het Mercy Home ontvingen we het volgende bericht:

“We are speechless because we have people like you who think and stand with the mission and vision we have for underprivileged children and their families in Ethiopia. We the staffs and the children of Mercy Home would like to extend our deepest gratitude for all the things you have been doing for Mercy Home and for the great donation you send to us. Your donation reaches us just on time when we need it the most, we didn’t have any volunteer  for the month and we were praying to see a miracle. That miracle was you!
The new children are doing very well in their studies and we are seeing a great progress in them. I will send you an update soon to tell you the detail of things that is going on in the home.
Your kindness, support and generosity mean more to us than you could possibly be imagined. We certify our appreciation for your contribution in helping these underprivileged children, and dedication to the people of Ethiopia. We pray for a continued blessing on your service.
Thank you again for your kindness, Eyob.”

Eyob Mamo
Maart 2011

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Rema

We ontvingen een voortgangsrapport uit Rema van onze projectleider Samson Tsegaye:
Since last June,
- The restaurant building is still not finished, because of the construction materials shortage; I hope it will be better in the coming two month. The main reason was the electricity shortage through out the country and hard currency shortage for the importers. Now it gets better and hope I will continue on that.
- The oldies are in a better care on health, a new health officer taking care of them and we can pay for it. The oldies feel better, because they get medical treatment easily.
- We managed to get 13 chickens and I brought them to Rema. These chickens already laying egg, per day they collect 8-10, one egg cost 1.5 birr. It is also good to get experience for the future that they have few now.
- I will continue on the future income generating plans.
I would like to thank you for your great continuous support.

Samson Tsegaye
June 13,2010

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Ashden award

Solar electrification of Ethiopian village wins global green energy Award

London, 20.00 hrs: Tonight, the world’s leading green energy prize awarded £20,000 and the Ashden Award for electrification of rural areas to the Solar Energy Foundation (SEF). HRH the Prince of Wales presented the Award to Samson Tsegaye, the Ethiopian country representative of SEF, for setting up the biggest solar energy programme in Ethiopia.

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The SEF scheme has installed over 2,000 small solar systems in two villages that are off the electricity grid, bringing electricity to these communities for the first time. A further 8,500 units are due to be installed elsewhere in the country by the end of the year.

The judges commended SEF “For bringing modern solar energy technology to deliver light and power to remote Ethiopian villages.”

The villagers pay a low monthly fee (about $1). This amount covers the maintenance and repairs to keep it running. The village committee manages payments and employs nine local people as fee collectors.

The Foundation was established in 2006 by Dr Harald Schützeichel, who had previously set up and run a solar business in Germany. It has developed high quality solar-home-systems and solar lanterns for the 10,000-plus villagers living in Rema and Rema ena Dire, villages in Ethiopia’s northern highlands, five hours’ drive from Addis Ababa. The residents previously depended on smoky kerosene lamps and candles for their lighting and had turned down the offer of free diesel generators in favour of solar power.

Working closely with local government bodies and also the Disaster Preparedness Agency Ethiopia, SEF provides not just technology, but also maintenance and a financial structure that means each household can have its own solar-home-system.

To save villagers walking for two hours to collect water as before, the Foundation has installed a solar-powered water pump in Rema to provide fresh drinking water.

Samson Tsegaye, the Ethiopian country representative of SEF, explained some of the benefits of the project:

“The solar programme has helped develop the community in many ways. The local women’s association has set up a popular night school for uneducated adults to improve literacy. School children can now study in the evenings and one teacher claims her pupils’ grades have improved by 75 percent as a result. Fewer people are suffering from eye and respiratory problems associated with kerosene smoke.”

Dr Harald Sch ü tzeichel, Director of SEF (Stiftung Solarenergie in German), looked to the future:

“We now have a special financing system in place that will allow us to establish a network of Solar Centres all over Ethiopia over the coming years. Our aim is to initiate self-supporting solar businesses across Ethiopia – and to make ourselves superfluous as an NGO.”

To maintain the systems and enable the programme to grow, the Foundation has set up an International Solar School in Rema for local young people, with rigorous six-month training programmes on technical and business skills. Thirty graduates have completed the course and some are now working in four new solar centres which have been set up in other areas of Ethiopia.

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NB: Het project voor de woonvoorziening en ondersteuning van ouderen in het dorp Rema is een aanvulling op het project van de SolarStiftung, maar is daar geen onderdeel van.
Meer informatie over de solarprojecten is te vinden op www.solar-energy-foundation.nl.

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Clinton bezoekt Rema

Former US President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation, visited the solar projects of the Solar Energy Foundation in Rema / Ethiopia during his visit to Africa yesterday.
“I am impressed with the work being done in Rema Village through a Clinton Global Initiative commitment made by Stiftung Solarenergie and its partners that has brought light and hope to the lives of 5,500 people”, said the former president Clinton after his visit.

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President Clinton spoke to many inhabitants of the village, visited one of the huts which had been provided with solar electricity and inspected an evening school which the villagers had organised themselves. In this way he could see the practical day-to-day benefits of solar energy for the rural population at first hand. President Clinton was clearly impressed by the work of the Solar Energy Foundation in Rema and the developments resulting from it. “This village serves as an exemplary model for what can be achieved through innovation and integrated approaches to address some of our world’s most pressing challenges, and it’s a testament that clean energy can drive economic progress in developing countries. I hope others will be inspired to make their own commitments around the world to improve lives and expand opportunity.”

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NB: Het project voor de woonvoorziening en ondersteuning van ouderen in het dorp Rema is een aanvulling op het project van de SolarStiftung, maar is daar geen onderdeel van.
Meer informatie is te vinden op www.solar-energy-foundation.nl.

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