Caritas Ethiopia wins the 2015 NGOs/CSOs Good Practice Award
The Ethiopian Catholic Church Social and Development Commission (Caritas Ethiopia) has won the 2015 Good Practice Award for the innovative Water Harvesting Technology implemented in the Eastern part of Ethiopia.
The area where the winning project is implemented is very dry and for years water has been the biggest challenge for the community. The project responded to the challenge by constructing a sand dam which has significantly protected the gully, controlled erosion and increased saturations of river banks. It has also increased the water table over a large area contributing to ecological regeneration throughout the catchment. Women are the main beneficiaries of this technology as the burden of fetching water was on them.
The award is organized by the Consortium of Christian Relief and Development Association (CCRDA) to promote the good practices implemented by member organizations and share experiences.
Mr. Bekele Moges, Caritas Ethiopia Executive Director received the award from H.E. Dr. Mulatu Teshome, President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on November 26, 2015 at CCRDA head office. Speaking at the event President Dr. Mulatu said the government recognizes that NGOs are making a meaning change in the lives of the community. He asked NGOs and CSOs to cooperate with the government in the implementation of the Growth and Transformation Plan II of Ethiopia for the realization of a sustainable development in the country for the benefit of the community. The President also said that the government will continue to engage in discussions with NGOs and asked them to enhance their interventions in line with the development policies f the country.
Speaking about receiving the award Mr. Bekele said it is encouraging for Caritas Ethiopia to get such recognition for our efforts in service of the people, the Church has many innovative practices that are being implemented in all the Dioceses in Ethiopia. “we share our best experiences with different NGOs and CSOs to spread the practice in as many places as possible to ensure the maximum benefit of the communities we serve, we believe in working in partnership,” he said adding “such events as the CCRDA Good Practice Award not only encourages us to do better by recognizing our efforts but also creates an opportunity for NGOs and CSOs to share our best practices with one another.”
Caritas Ethiopia is 1 of the 6 winners out of the 48 NGOs/CSO that participated in the Good Practice competition. An exhibition showcasing the activities of the competing NGOs was also part of the event. Caritas Ethiopia was also a