CRS Partners in Ethiopia
CRS Ethiopia relies on many local partners to implement our projects. By working closely with these partners, CRS leverages existing networks to maximize results in both urban and rural settings.
Ethiopian Catholic Church
CRS Ethiopia's largest partner is the Ethiopian Catholic Church Social and Development Coordinating Offices of Harar, Meki, Adigrat and Sodda Hosanna. CRS Ethiopia has partnered with these institutions in large-scale emergency relief and development programs since the mid-1980s. Three offices — Harar in the east, Meki in the central Rift Valley, and Adigrat in the north — implement CRS Ethiopia's integrated watershed management programs. These programs incorporate agro-enterprise and natural resources management, water and sanitation, health, livelihoods recovery, and HIV and AIDS prevention and care projects. The Ethiopian Catholic Church Social and Development Coordinating Offices of Harar and Meki also implement U.S. Agency for Iinternational Development (USAID)-funded Title II food aid programs. The Sodda Hosanna office implements CRS Ethiopia's Healthy Choices "Avoiding Risk, Affirming Life" HIV and AIDS prevention program, funded in part by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, as well as a water and sanitation program funded by the Millennium Water Alliance.
Missionaries of Charity
CRS Ethiopia supports various organizations that care for and support people living with HIV and AIDS, orphans and vulnerable children. The largest of these programs is run by the Missionaries of Charity. Missionaries of Charity is an international religious congregation in the Catholic Church, founded by Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India, in 1950. The order gives wholehearted and free service to the world's poorest without discrimination by race, color, language, religion or nationality. Missionaries of Charity is widely regarded by governments — including those of the United States and Ethiopia — as being one of the most effective and efficient institutions in the world in targeting and distributing food aid to the most vulnerable parts of society. In Ethiopia, where Missionaries of Charity has been working since 1973, this means that malnourished street children, terminal AIDS patients and other marginalized groups are treated with dignity and compassion. In Ethiopia, Missionaries of Charity currently works out of 18 houses and covers all regions of the country. CRS provides food for nutritional support and some cash for managing this resource so that other donor funding can be used to cover medical and other needs. In 2008, CRS Ethiopia will provide funds to hire additional counselors and provide trainings to staff to enhance the psychosocial support provided by the centers. A particular emphasis will be given to the two homes for HIV-positive children where life and other skills trainings will also be included.
Medical Missionaries of Mary
Medical Missionaries of Mary is another CRS Ethiopia church partner working on HIV and AIDS programs. Over a number of years, Medical Missionaries of Mary has both demonstrated and shared its best practices with donors and local and international nongovernmental organizations working in this field. The Medical Missionaries of Mary Counseling and Social Services Center (MMM-CSSC) was established in 1992 as a referral center for clients from hospitals and other agencies in Addis Ababa. The center, which received support from CRS, provides ongoing counseling, social services and home care for people affected by HIV and AIDS. The center also offers medical, educational and nutritional support as well as broader community-based awareness raising, behavior change, stigma reduction and leadership skills training. MMM-CSSC is a faith-based nongovernmental organization that works under the auspices of the Ethiopian Catholic Church.
Organization for Social Services for AIDS
The Organization for Social Services for AIDS, established in 1989 by the government of Ethiopia and major religious institutions, is currently in the third phase of a continuing prevention, care and support project funded by CRS and the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Over 40 targeted communities in Addis Ababa, Nazret, Dire Dawa and Harar provide care and support to 1,100 orphans and 500 people living with HIV and AIDS. Support includes financial, educational and nutritional assistance, as well as help with income-generating activities. In addition, the program provides education and information to promote positive changes in attitudes and behaviors within the community.
Established in May 1995 by a group of Ethiopian water engineers, Water Action is an Ethiopian nongovernmental organization with considerable experience in environmental conservation and water and sanitation programming. Currently, Water Action is implementing an integrated watershed development project in Amhara region with support from CRS. Water Action's main goals include developing water sources, promoting hygiene and sanitation, conserving natural resources, and encouraging small-scale irrigation.
Team Today and Tomorrow
Team Today and Tomorrow is an Ethiopian nongovernmental organization legally established in August 1998. Since its establishment, it has undertaken various activities in the areas of water, natural resources, livelihoods and food security. CRS is currently supporting Team Today and Tomorrow in its efforts to improve the food security status of 2,500 households. The organization helps farm families to increase their financial assets through improved farming and agribusiness practices, and also helps households access safe and reliable markets.
Metemamen, whose name means "mutual trust" in Amharic, is a young and growing microfinance institution owned and managed by the Ethiopian Catholic Church. With technical and financial assistance from CRS Ethiopia and MercyWorks, Metemamen secured its license from the National Bank of Ethiopia in February 2002. As of July 2007, Metemamen had a total of 9,143 clients — 72 percent of them women — in the districts of Oromiya and Southern Nations, Nationalities and People.