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Monday, January 19, 2015

To Visit another country from Ethiopia, most countries would require a valid visa which they must have issued before you are allowed in however, there are a lot of countries you can travel to without visas as long as you have Ethiopian Passport. dire-tube. 

Most of these countries would grant you access without visa or they would issue visa on entry which can be valid for a specified number of days. Such a length of stay is given based on policy revolving around the reason for you travel and in some cases, it would be determined by the immigration officer and there could be the option of extension when you run out of time. 

Below is a list of countries that would allow you access without visa but only your Ethiopian passport but make sure that you check with the embassy or consular office for the country you are intending to travel to very close to the time of your travel because visa policy changes every now and then.

ETHIOPIAN PRESCHOOLERS ENJOY fresh water from their school well that was repaired with money raised by Addison County youths Noah Konnczal and Carter Monk.
BRISTOL — A preschool in Ethiopia has potable drinking water, thanks to the efforts of two Addison County students half a world away.
Fifth-grader Carter Monk and third-grader Noah Konczal organized a 5K road race to raise money to repair the well at the Negat Kokeb preschool, in Hawassa, Ethiopia.
Konczal got the idea after his teacher at Monkton Central School, Stacey Carter, went to Ethiopia last February with a group of Addison County teachers as part of an exchange program.
After learning about the developing East African nation, Konczal approached Monk, who is Carter’s son, about raising money for the school, which did not have access to clean drinking water.
“We felt that everyone should have their basic needs, and water being such a huge one,” Monk said. “Especially for kids at such a young age; they can get sick from having dirty water.”
After brainstorming different ideas, the pair decided to host a 5K race on the streets of Monkton. They picked a date after school ended in June, so their classmates could participate.
“We felt a run was something we could manage, with just the two of us,” Monk said.
More than 50 runners signed up, and, ironically enough, a 15-year-old Ethiopian immigrant living in Burlington won the race (or perhaps that is not a surprise, as the country is known for producing world-class distance runners).
Through registration fees and donations, the boys raised more than $800.
“Some donations came from family and friends, but others came from people we didn’t have any connections with and just liked the idea,” Monk said. “People didn’t just come from Monkton and Bristol, but from all over the state.”
With the help of the nonprofit Willowell Foundation and the Ethiopia-based Action For Youth and Community Change, which Monk said were a huge help, the boys sent the money they raised to Africa later in the summer.
Monk said the money was enough for the school to hire six laborers to fix the well and add spigots.
“Now the kids can drink clean water there, where normally they had no water to go to the bathroom, to drink, nothing,” he said.
Throughout the process, Stacey Carter facilitated communication between the school and the boys. On New Year’s Eve, they received an email from the school with photographs of the new well, thanking them for helping each of the 250 students.
“We would like to thank you and want to say how much your support made an enormous difference to these children’s lives,” the letter reads. “It was these funds that created the base and encouragement to get a solution for such a big problem at the school.”
Monk said the access to clean water allows more students to attend the school, since parents were wary of sending their children to a facility without potable water.
He added that the project sparked discussions among his classmates at the Red Cedar School in Bristol about how their experience in education differs from students in Ethiopia. He learned a lot as well.
“I had no clue that we here can have such clean water, and some kids have none,” he said. “It taught me that some people have so little, and it’s hard to think about that.”
If given the opportunity to visit Ethiopia in the future, Monk said he would definitely go.
“I think it would be interesting to see what it’s like,” he said.
The well at Negat Kokeb may be repaired, but the boys are already looking forward to their next project.
“We are planning to try to do more for that school, or maybe even another school in that community,” Monk said.
They’ve started a website, www.joyfultogether.org, to raise awareness about their work. Monk expanded on why the boys chose that name.
“We call ourselves that because we try to be joyful with them, and trying to create joy together as kids,” he said.
Reflecting on the experience, Monk said both he and Konczal felt proud to be able to help out fellow students, even if they are almost 7,000 miles away.
“We feel that it’s right for everyone’s basic needs to be met; here, in our country, everywhere,” he said. “If people have the chance to make things better, why not go for it?”

Diaspora Housing Registration in Final Stage

Almost all of Ethiopian regional states have finalised their Diaspora housing program directives and are preparing to start the housing program registration.
Representatives from the regional state Diaspora offices with Ministry of Foreign Affairs Diaspora Engagement Affairs General Directorate held a meeting on the Diaspora housing development program progress review on December 12, 2014 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). Progress on the preparation of directives by the regional states, finalisation and standardisation of the program were the meeting agenda, according to Feisel Ali, Diaspora Engagement Affairs General Directorate director. The regions shared experiences on the issues and drew important ideas to incorporate to their directives from the meeting, stated Abreham Gebremedhin, Tigray Diaspora Coordination Office head.
Model registration procedures are sent from the Ministry's Diaspora Directorate to all the regions, which the regions adopt based on their region's area, land lease price, standards of urban areas where construction will take palce and construction cost, explained Fiesel. Almost all regional states have completed their directives, except Harari, Benishangul Gumuz and Afar, said Fiesel.
The Southern Nations, Nationalities & Peoples' Region (SNNPR) has categorized its urban areas in different levels, with Hawassa as a leading city. The rest are categorized as high-level, mid-level, town and developing towns, according to Aschalew Kassaye, SNNPR Industry and Urban Development Bureau, housing development and administration. The distinction was made based on population number, area, economy and service provision of the towns, explained Aschalew.
An apartment and a town house are to be built in the region, according to the directive. Only G+4 and above apartment houses will be built in Hawassa with two, three or four bedrooms which rest on 50sqm, 65sqm, and 80sqm respectively while a G+3 apartment will be built in high-level towns. The apartment houses can be two, three and four bedrooms, which will rest on 55sqm, 70sqm and 85sqm of land, respectively. Only G+1 and G+2 town houses can be built in mid-level towns that have two, three or four bedrooms and built on 60sqm, 75sqm, and 90sqm, accordingly. For the developing towns only the construction of a single storey town house construction is allowed, stated Aschalew. It will have two, three or four bedrooms, which rest on 65sqm, 80sqm and 90sqm of land respectively. But cost decisions will not be finalized until January 9, 2015, he added.
An Ethiopian diaspora who has never owned a house by his name or through his relatives can register for the program. It is possible to register collectively forming 12-24 members, stated Fiesel. The home buyers can come up with their own design but as for hiring a contractor of their choice, some regions directive compel them to hire only government contractor.
The directives are a work-in-progress, which could be modified based on the discussion, stated Sebsibe. We are trying to come up with standardized and similar directives and most of the directives reflect this, stated Fiesel. The directives, which are collected from the regional diaspora offices, have been distributed to Ethiopian embassies. When all the regions complete the preparation, then we can proceed to the registration phase as we are now completing the work plan schedule, added Feisel.
Source: allafrica.com