Can-Go Afar Delegation Arrival in Addis Ababa
Trip Start Jan 20, 2008
4Trip End Feb 05, 2008
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We are truly thankful for all of the positive support that we have received during the last 12 months from people all over the world. This has been generously provided by our numerous supporters, donors, volunteers, committee members, as well as the NGO and government partners that have contributed so meaningfully to get our organization to this important stage.
Today we had a working lunch during which we planned the details of our meetings and strategy for implementing our needs assessment and project work. Tonight we had a wonderful traditional Ethiopian dinner hosted by Fatuma, one of the very few female members of the federal Parliament. This was a working dinner during which we learned more about some of the existing development projects taking place in the Afar Region.
We have two scheduled days in Addis Ababa where we have organized many important meetings including those with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the Canadian Embassy. Part of our team will also visit the world renown Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital (www.fistulafoundation.org), which specializes in reconstructive surgery for women. We also have to secure the release through Customs of the mould for the bio-sand water filters (www.manzwaterinfo.ca) we will build. In the evening, we will interview 10 students who are currently seeking scholarships so that they may continue their post-secondary studies.
Early Thursday morning, the delegation leaves Addis Ababa on a domestic flight north to Mekele, where we will then travel by a caravan of SUVs into the remote Afar Region, including the Danakil Depression.
Our website (www.cangoafar.ca), is up and running and can provide you with the history of the Afar people, our organization's Mission Statement, information on the bio-sand water filters, our press releases, our fundraising efforts, etc...
Warren, Ahmed, Vicki, Jessika, Isla, Neville, Joan, Garnyl, Jamal, and Tara..