2016-2017 Project at MLWDA,

US Embassy Community Grants HIV/ADIS  awareness and prevention, this December 2016 to March 2017( expected to be closed soon).

1.1. Project Launching Workshop

To familiarized the project with key stake holders the launching work for the project entitled HIV/AIDS Prevention and Impact Mitigation in Three Main Towns of Metekel Zone of Benishangul Gumuz Regional State has been held in the three Town (Woreda) of the project target area namely Gilgel beles, Manbuk and Bamza and total of 30 individuals were participated in the launching from the three project target area. During the launching work shop different government higher officials from metekel zone and each woreda and other key stake holders were participated, for the time being the general goal/aim and objectives of the project was clearly presented to the participants and the participant clearly understand why the project is important, what is the objectives of the project and also its important to the target group and the community in general, Lastly after long discussion is held about the importance and   the implementation of this project participant (stake holders) reach in consensus to play and contribute their own part and also to work cooperatively  with us for the success full implementation of this project.


Fig 1. Participants During launching workshop

1.2.Produce and Air HIV/AIDS awareness rising program


Fig .2. Officers creating awareness about HIV/ADIS by using community radio.  

1.3. Provide training on proper condom use and storage


Fig. 3. Participants at training on proper condom use and storage at different place.

1.4. Community Based Campaign





Fig. 4. Participants during celebrating International HIA/ADIS day at different place.


1.5.Organize bi monthly community dialogue sessions


Fig. 5. Community members at community conversation session.

1.6. Conducting consultative meeting with responsible government bodies and other local NGOs


Fig. 6. Participants during consultative meeting

1.7.Provide safe-house service to 12 orphaned boys and girls including food, sanitation and medication services


Fig.7.  Children’s under the shelter

…On progress

Current International and Regional News update close to our projects:

*A day in the life of a teacher in Ethiopia, October 7,2016: “World Teacher’s Day is celebrated every year on 5 October as a way to recognize and support teachers across the globe. This year, spend a day in the life of a teacher in Ethiopia to learn how she’s helping her students teach the youngest members of their community.World Teacher’s Day is celebrated every year on 5 October as a way to recognize and support teachers across the globe. This year, spend a day in the life of a teacher in Ethiopia to learn how she’s helping her students teach the youngest members of their community.”

 *Child marriage: not just a girls’ problem but an economic disaster, 11 October,2016: “Strong partnerships at all levels are required to end child marriage. The scale of the problem requires all of us – governments, local actors, the global community and the United Nations – to act together. All of us need to join hands to give back to children, particularly girls like Rekha, their choices, their dreams, their futures and their childhoods.Strong partnerships at all levels are required to end child marriage. The scale of the problem requires all of us – governments, local actors, the global community and the United Nations – to act together. All of us need to join hands to give back to children, particularly girls like Rekha, their choices, their dreams, their futures and their childhoods.”

*Nearly 385 million children living in extreme poverty, says joint World Bank Group – UNICEF study,4 October, 2016: “Children are disproportionately affected, as they make up around a third of the population studied, but half of the extreme poor. The youngest children are the most at risk – with more than one-fifth of children under the age of five in the developing world living in extremely poor households.Children are disproportionately affected, as they make up around a third of the population studied, but half of the extreme poor. The youngest children are the most at risk – with more than one-fifth of children under the age of five in the developing world living in extremely poor households.”



        2015 Annual Report - (January 2015 – December 2015)

Executive Summary

This report presents project activities accomplished and results achieved in the budget year of 2015. In this reporting period, MLWDA implemented eight projects- focusing on improving women and children health status, promoting access to basic social services, empowering marginalized Gumuz women and the prevention and tackling of different forms of gender based violence and harmful traditional practices against Gumuz women and girls. The project donors were UNFPA, UEWCA-SIDA, UN Women, BEGDAN, CSSP, Canada Embassy, US Embassy and ESAP2. In all projects implementation, women and children were the primary beneficiaries and more than 44,158 people (> 85% are women) were direct participants of all the projects implemented in this budget year. These people were addressed in all the project implementation areas including improving community awareness regarding children and women health issues, prevention and eradication of GBV/HTP, promoting socio-economic empowerment of women through SHGs, IGAs and active participation of WAGs and project based committees, provision of non formal education, and treatment of fistula and uterine prolapse patients.

MLWDA Project Accomplishments with its partners are as follows


UNFPA: Prevention of Gender based violence against Gumuz women in Bullen and Pawi Woredas of Metekel Zone of BGRS.To contribute to the effort being made to improve the living conditions of women and children in Bullen and Pawi Woreda of Metekel Zone in Benishangul Gumuz Regional State.

Major projects accomplished

**Created market linkage for the existing 36 SHGs in Pawi Wored


Figure 1: Market linkage workshop and one of the SHGs members during production.

**Organized and managed community conversations in Pawi and Bullen Woredas

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Figure 2: some of the during community conversation participants

**Organized biannual discussion among community members, woreda and kebelle administrators on the implementation of the activities, major issues and challenges encountered.

**Conducted monthly teachers, parents and students meeting    



Figure 3: monthly teachers, students and parents meeting

**Quarterly discussion of Women and Men Advisory Groups for collective actions against GBV/HTP.

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Figure 4: WAGs and MAGs quarterly review meetings

**Reunified GBV survivors with their families

**Organized joint quarterly meetings with student representatives, club leaders, family and teachers to discuss on GBV and related issues in 30 schools of Bullen and Pawi Woredas (15 persons from each school=450 persons participated quarterly)

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Figure 5: Students, parents and teachers quarterly meeting

**Provided sanitary kits for girls club in 30 schools

**Conducted quarterly discussion and counseling activities in Mandura prison

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Figure 6: Women prisoner quarterly review meeting at Mandura woreda prison centrer

**Provision of safe house service for survivors of GBV (food and other expense and reunification)


Figure 7: Some of the safe-house beneficiaries

**Provided training on cloth making and embroidery for GBV survivors

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Figure 8: GBV Survivors during cloth making training and some of their products.

**Provided training on food preparation for GBV survivors

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Figure 9: some of the food preparation trainees

**Provided comprehensive services to Fistula/ Uterine prolapse inversion patients and strengthened referral linkages

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Figure 10: Fistula and uterine prolapse patients at Gilgel Beles safe house and Hospital.

UN Women: Integrated Economic Empowerment of Marginalized Women and Girls in three Kebeles of Mandura Woreda of BGRS: to economically empower marginalized Gumuz women/ girls to lead better lives through creation of equal access to decent work, markets, information, knowledge, skills, and access to and control over resources in three Kebeles of Mandura Woreda of Benishangul Gumuz Regional State (BGRS) in 21 months period.

Major Project Accomplishments

  • Provided Start-up Capital /revolving fund to 400 women/girls in SHGs, SAACOs, and BCOs to be engaged in income generating activities in the three Kebeles of Mandura Woreda
  • Organized Functional Adult Literacy (FAL) program for 50 illiterate women/girls in each of the three Kebeles of Mandura Woreda

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 Figure 1. Some of the IFAL participants during class attendance

  • Conducted monthly community dialogue on women roles and misconceptions, economic involvement and effectiveness of women/girls in the three Kebeles of Mandura woreda.

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 Figure 2: Participants during CCs

  • Conducted awareness raising mass education at traditional, cultural, religious and social events, idirs and schools


 Figure 3: One of the peer educators teaching the community

  • Conducted quarterly gender awareness raising coffee ceremonies for 2,000 men and women in the three Kebeles of Mandura woreda

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 Figure 4: Participants of the coffee ceremony

  • Conducted Gender Awareness peer education for 2, 000 men and women                F151 F152 Figure 5: One of the Peer educators teaching the participants in Dehagubash kebele.
  • Distributed posters, leaflets, and brochures to 1,500 women and men to raise gender awareness
  • Conducted One Day Sensitization workshop on gender role and related issues for 100 Religious and Traditional Leaders

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 Figure 6: A man preparing coffee for the workshop participants

  • Organized one day familiarization workshop for 30 potential stakeholders on networking in three Kebeles of Mandura Woreda
  • Provided 5 days Livelihood/ technical skills training for 60 women/girls from the three kebeles of Mandura Woreda

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 Figure 7 Technical and life skill training participants

  • Conducted quarterly review meetings to assess performances of the networks in the three Kebeles of Mandura Woreda

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 Figure 8: Participants during the review meeting


UEWCA-SIDA: Socio-economic Empowerment of Marginalized Women in Guba woreda of three kebeles (Alebeda, Almahal and Jadiya) of BGRS.

To contribute towards the effort being made in addressing women and children health complications and economically empower women in the intervention kebelles in one year.

Major Project Accomplishments

  • Selected and Provided Training for the Target Women Groups

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Figure 1: Some of the trainees

  • Awareness Creation on Alleviation of FGM/HTPS, HIV/AIDS, Disabilities & Trafficking

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Figure 2: some of the community conversation participants

  • Economic Empowerment
  • Access to Education


Figure 3: Some of the IFAL class participants

  • Provided Health service (for fistula & trafficked victims)

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Figure 4: Some of the fistula patients


CSSP: Renewable Energy as a Means of Community Empowerment in Three Kebelles of Mandura Woreda of BGRS

Major Project Accomplishments

  • Organized project launching workshop
  • Conducted baseline survey
  • Provided refreshment training on Business Skill and Management
  • Organized community conversation

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Figure 1: Participants during CC

  • Organized one day training on the use and maintenance of solar power lamp for 30 SHG leaders

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Figure 2: Part of training

  • Distributed materials and equipments of solar power lamp

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  • Distributed reading solar power lamp for primary students

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Canada Embassy: Preventing Child, Early and Forced Marriage and Gender-Based Violence against Gumuz Women

To contribute to the effort being made to towards the eradication of child, early and forced marriage(CEFM) and sexual and gender based violence(SGBV) of girls and women in the Benshangul Gumuz Region by improving the level of awareness of the Gumuz community in the Metekel Zone on CEFM/SGBV

Major Project Accomplishments

  • Organized consultative meeting with line departments of the woredas about the project

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Figure 1: Consultative meeting with line departments of the woredas

  • Provided trainings on preventing Gender Based Violence


Figure 2: Trainings on preventing CEFM and GBV to School communities, police officers,  government officers and community members

  • Promote Awareness Raising Discussion On CEFM and GBV with Community members and the School Communities.


Figure 3: Participants of the discussion held with community members and school communities

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Figure 4: Drama plays to raise community awareness about CEFM and GBV

  • Organizing Training for Members of SHG on The Concept of SHG, S/GBV.



Figure 5: Some of the SHG members training participants

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Figure 6: Some of the birth attendants in Pawi hospital and Gilgelbeles health centre

  • Design and erect two billboards in the two woredas to sensitize the community about the severe consequences of Sexual and Gender-based Violence


BBIGDAN: Reducing the Prevalence and Effects of addiction to chat and its complements for the Wellbeing of the community in BGRS

To enhance the production and productivity of the population of BGRS; by tackling the expansion of production and consumption of chat and its complements.

Major Project Accomplishments

  • Strengthening, supporting and follow up the performance of the school anti-drug clubs

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Figure 1. School Anti-drug Club members engaged in different activities

  • Provided Different Recreation Instruments for the Youth Recreation Centers

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Figure 2: Provisions of Material for Dangur woreda youth recreation center

  • Propagation of the effects of chat at bus station bi-annually through leaflets, plays, dramas, microphone etc with the collaboration of other stakeholders (police, school anti drug clubs, woreda task force members etc…)


Figure 3: Propagation on the effects of Chat in different occasions

  • Support addicts to get medical treatment and lead normal lives.


Figure 4: Registering chat addicted individuals

  • Provided training and initial capital for the organized 11 groups

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Figure 5: Some the trainees and their Business plan and legal certificate.

  • Provide seedling


Figure 6. Provision of some seeds for chat growers

  • Arrange forums for task forces for review meeting and action development on quarterly basis (review progress of the program, intervention, forward recommendation, mainstreaming the issue of chat)

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Figure 7. Quarterly review meeting participants

  • Conducting Monitoring and Evaluation.

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Figure 10: Some of the IGA groups’ businesses startups

Major Project Outputs Achieved


ESAP2: Ethiopian Social Accountability Program 2

Major project accomplishments

  • Organized question and answer and drama show events in schools to raise awareness on Social Accountability

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Figure 1: School director receiving mini-media materials

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Figure 2: Question and Answer school programs

  • Produced and broadcasted different radio programs about SA
  • Review meeting

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Figure .3: SA project review meeting

  • Provided refreshment training on SA and SA tools implementation suh as participatory planning and budgeting

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Figure 4: Meeting with woreda and kebelles SACs committee

  • Assessed the existing social services in 4 kebelles of Guba Woreda
  • Conducted supportive monitoring by woreda coordinators
  1. US Embassy: Economic Empowerment of the Gumuz Women through Income Generating Activities in Guba Woreda of BGRS

To contribute to the effort being to ensure socio-economic empowerment of Gumuz women in Guba Woreda of Metekel Zone Benishangul-Gumuz Region by the end of September 30th, 2016.

Major Project Accomplishments:

  • Provided trainings on irrigation
  • Provided materials to the irrigation Self Help Groups beneficiaries

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  • Conducted the construction of water reservoirs

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Figure 2: The water reservoir at the time of digging and the sowed patch

  • Provided trainings on modern beekeeping

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  • Provided trainings on modern beekeeping
  • Provided materials to the modern beekeeping SHG group beneficiaries
  • Sheep and Goat production

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