The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus Development and Social Services Commission had one day and a half round table meeting with its partner organizations and sister churches at Nexus hotel, Addis Ababa.
The meeting’s main focus was to strengthen partnership through shared vision on joint development efforts. It was with this in mind that the EECMY-DASSC held the meeting on February 2 and 3, 2015.
EECMY-DASSC presented some of the ‘good practices’ that are being addressed. The theme encompasses from livelihood to education, from child and youth care to health and HIV/AIDS.
As the theme of this year is Promoting Inclusive Development from a Christian Perspective, all the presentations focused on that. The EECMY-DASSC is working aggressively in helping persons with disability at its center for mentally challenged and at the Hossana School for the deaf. There is also a program called “keep a girl in a school” in Afar where girls are encouraged to get education with material support. New life-young women rehabilitation center here in Addis Ababa at the Kazanchis is also among some of the programs where the EECMY-DASSC works in the area of inclusive development programs.
Partner organizations (Finish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (FELM), Compassion International Ethiopian (CEI), and Norwegian Lutheran Mission (NLM)) then shared their organizational structure and some of the work they do here in Ethiopia.
Discussions on gender balance and empowerment were held and numerous questions were raised and answered by the EECMY-DASSC.
The participants expressed their happiness for the experience and views shared in a tangible manner.