Delegates from different African countries (Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana, Uganda and Rwanda) and micro credit campaign staffs have been visited Abreha Atsbeha and Gemad Sub-districts of kilte Awlaeilo district. The visit is on the activities done by Consulting Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) project and Productive Safety Net program (PSNP) which enable to change the lives of the people of the district sustainably. Relief Society of Tigray (REST) with its donors and the partners are playing great role in achieving the set goal.In the first day, briefing is given by Dr. Mulugeta Birhanu, Head of Liason office of REST about “Safety Net program and graduation initiatives in Ethiopia the experience of REST” and micro insurance by Mr. Teklit coordinator of the project in REST. During the presentation period the delegates got clear briefings and become well informed about what REST is doing in collaboration with the developmental organizations in the Region using question and answer session. On the same day an exposure field visit is conducted in Kielte Awlaeilo district Abreha Atsbeha sub-district driving 60 kms to the northern of Mekelle the capital of Tigray regional state. The visitors visited family houses of CGAP project beneficiaries and their successes witnessed.
Halefom Tadesse is a 40 years old man who was the beneficiary of the CGAP project. He witnessed about the project. “I was an ultra poor before I joined to this project. But at this time by the help of this project I have 2 oxen, 1 cow with its calf, a house covered by iron corrugate, beds, electrical bakery in my house.”
Next they visited an area which is rehabilitated by PSNP program and landless youths are using the area for bee hiving by forming beekeeping cooperatives. Gebremichael Gidey, administrator of the sub-district, said “this area was highly degraded. By doing different structures in this area it already rehabilitated. It is not only solving the economical problem of the community; it is also become the key solution to solve the social issues of the landless youths.”
In next day, visiting is continued to Gemad Sub-district. The visitors visited community work at water shade level at Tsahlo water shade. In this water shade different activities are running by mobilizing the community. There are water and soil conservation activities and construction of bench terraces which the landless youths are using. Mrs. Rewa Misra program manager of micro credit campaign foundation said “I learned many things from the integrated activities that I observed. The first thing that I experienced here is that if the community mobilized and used effectively the change that we need can come.”
The last exposure visit is conducted in Maego village. Birhanu Gebremedhin REST coordinator in the district briefed the visitors as follows “This area is rehabilitated through the Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) work for food by mobilizing the community. Activities like water and soil conservation by doing different structures and biological treatments helped the environment rehabilitate.
Finally, Ivete Alane permanent Secretary, Minister of Women and Social Action of Mozambique said “we took a good lesson from the orientation and the exposure visit. We have almost the same kind of problem in our country. This area is already rehabilitated and the community starts to benefit. This is a good job and which should be disseminated. On behalf of the delegates I would like to thank REST for welcoming us warmly and made our visit very exciting.”