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Friday, May 20, 2016

Ethiopia: Volunteers in Colorado collected and shipped 20,500 books to Hawassa University
At the May meeting of the CSU System Board of Governors, CSU President Tony Frank presented the Ram Pride Serivce Award to Nancy and Bob Sturtevant for coordinating a three-year book drive to stock the library at Hawassa University in Ethiopia. Photo by William A. Cotton, CSU Photography

Ethiopia: Volunteers in Colorado collected and shipped 20,500 books to Hawassa University
The herculean effort of collecting 20,500 up-to-date textbooks and shipping them halfway around the world into the hands of scholars in Ethiopia has earned a trio of Colorado State employees this year’s Ram Pride Service Award.
Bob and Nancy Sturtevant and Paul Evangelista received the Ram Pride Service Award at the May 5 Colorado State University System Board of Governors meeting in Fort Collins. Presented by CSU President and System Chancellor Tony Frank, the Ram Pride Service Award recognizes “service above self” in upholding CSU’s land-grant mission and character.
Bob Sturtevant retired from a long career with the Colorado State Forest Service but has recently returned to CSU part-time, and Nancy now works as a coordinator in the Office of International Programs. Evangelista is a researcher in the Natural Resources Ecology Lab in Warner College, who has worked in East Africa for decades and has formed collaborative alliances in Kenya, Ethiopia and throughout the region.
The book drive started in 2012, when a group from CSU, including Frank and Evangelista, visited Ethiopia’s Hawassa University, where Colorado State has a strategic partnership and strong research relationships. They noticed that while Hawassa had built a new library, it lacked sufficient academic materials to fill the shelves.
Knowing that the Sturtevants were then posted in East Africa as Peace Corps Volunteers – and that they had extensive experience coordinating international book drives — Frank asked them to work with Evangelista to help mobilize a drive to stock the Hawassa library shelves.
Map from Awassa, Ethiopia to Yirga Alem, EthiopiaNo hustle and bustle like a town. The way to Yirgalem from Hawassa. The magnificent view along the main avenue is very astonishing. It rains all day. The running water in both sides of the ditches are peaceful. As urbaner the muddy scene and the rain is difficult to walk easily but it is not disturbing. Huts are sparse. All-in-all nature is at its best in Sidama Zone. Anyway, the reporters of the Ethiopian Press Agency march to get coffee growing farmers who are making coffee everything of their lives.
Farmer Kebede Germamo is from Chuma Kebelle of Dale Woreda. He was nurturing his coffee while it was raining. He told the visiting the Ethiopian Press Agency journalists that he has been engaged in maize production for many years for household consumption using traditional method. But, since 1995 he was massively cultivating coffee on his 4.5 hectares of land.
He said that applying the new agricultural techniques and expertise secured from the agricultural experts undertaking transplantation of 14,000 coffees over 4.5 hectares, false-banana on 1.5 hectare and different tress on 1.5 hectares.
He said that currently he has managed to collect coffee produces twice a year. " I am earning up to 95,000 Birr in one harvesting term from the sale of coffee to unions. I have now accumulated over 1.5 million Birr capital. "
Presently, the farmer said that he is looking forward to take advantages of the development of industrial parks in Hawassa and some other ideal places to plant a coffee processing company.
Another farmer from Goida kebelle, Degamo Danole said that he has been engaged in coffee production over the 26 years. He was collecting merely less than 12 quintals per hectare using the traditional methods. But, after employing inputs he has managed to garner up to 30 quintals.
Farmer Degamo said he has now accumulated over 20 million Birr capital including the house he built in Yergalem town and deposited three million Birr cash in bank.
Degamo attributed the availability professionals, improved variety of coffee species and other inputs to his success. " Unlike the previous time the expansion of roads has also great impact on our livelihood. We are able to reach market places in short time possible" he added.
He said " I am trying to share my experience for fellow farmers in my locality through one-to-five network. Certainly, we can build a better and prosperous community in a very short time"
A father of five, Getachew Argeta, is one the residents in Tulla locality of the woreda. He told the reporters that his maize and teff production was very low while he was using the traditional methods. Needless to mention, he said that with the help the government he engaged in cultivating permanent plants.
He said that " I am applying advice from agricultural professionals. My productivity and capital are increasing. Though farmer Getachew declined to tell his current capital, he is in a position to open a company.
Farmer Getachew commented that the government need to work hard to improve the access of water as the local community benefited from electricity that eventually help ensure better lifestyle.
Candle light by YaLcOThe Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF), in collaboration with Peoples’ Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD), has organised the 14th Commemorative Anniversary of the Sidama Loqqee massacre. The event marks the genocide and assassinations committed by the TPLF/EPRDF barbaric regime against the civilian population of the Sidama. This year’s event will be commemorated in unison with other peoples of Ethiopia with a renewed sense of hope, aspiration, determination and purpose to stop the continuation of such heinous crimes against humanity perpetrated by incumbent regime for the last 25 years.
The themes of the event will be remembering the fallen civilians and discussing the future direction of the country. Representatives of the communities from Oromo, Ogaden, Gambella and other peoples will give their own testimonial remarks about the massacres of their respective people. The ongoing massacres of people from Oromo, Ogaden, Benishangul, Gambella, Omo valley and the rest will be highlighted. The Conference also attracts international and regional participants; therefore, all are highly encouraged to attend.
Date: May 30, 2016 (Bank Holiday Monday)
Time: Strictly Between 12:30 and 6:30pm
Venue: Myatt’s Field Centre (24 Crawshay Road, Central London, SW9 6FZ, England, UK)
Transport: Buses: 3, 59, 133, 159, 415 Trains: Underground – Oval Tube Station, Brixton Tube Station and Brixton Overground Station
For further information, please contact:
1. SNLF Foreign Affairs and PAFD Information and Communication on (++ 44 (0) 7463 100031) and email (natidem@p-afd.org)
2. PAFD Foreign Affairs ++44 (0) 7940624477 and email (foreign@p-afd.org)
We tirelessly work for justice to prevail on behalf of our fallen and falling Heroes and Heroines.
Victory to the oppressed people!
ኢትዮጵያ ከቅርብ ዓመታት ወዲህ ፈጣን የኢኮኖሚ እድገት ከሚያስመዘግቡ የአፍሪቃ ሃገራት አንድዋ መሆንዋ እየተነገረ ነዉ። በሃገሪቱ ሰላምና መረጋጋት ከሰፈነ በርካታ ዓመታት ማስቆጠሩን የሃገሪቱ መንግሥትና ደጋፊዎቹ ይናገራሉ። ይሁንና የኤኮኖሚዉ እድገትም ሆነ ሰፈነ የተባለዉ ሰላም ለዜጎች በተለይም ለወጣቶች ትርጉም ያለዉ ለዉጥ ያመጣ አይመስልም።
አውዲዮውን ያዳምጡ።28:52

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በብዙ ሺህ የሚቆጠሩ ኢትዮጵያዉያን ወጣቶች በገፍ ወደ ተለያዩ ሃገራት እየተሰደዱ ነዉ። የተመድ እና ሌሎች የስደተኞች ጉዳይን የሚከታተሉ ዓለም አቀፍ ማኅበራት እንደሚሉት ኢትዮጵያዉያን ወጣቶች ጦርነት እንዳፈረሳት ሶማልያ ወይም ከፍተኛ ጭቆና ይፈጸምባታል ተብላ እንደምትወቀሰዉ ኤርትራ ሁሉ ኢትዮጵያም በርካታ ዜጎችዋ እየተሰደዱ ነዉ። ወደ አዉሮጳ ደቡብ አፍሪቃና ሃረብ ሃገራት ለመግባት የሚሰደዱ ኢትዮጵያዉያን በየአካባቢዉ የሚደርስባቸዉ ግፍና በደል ዘግናኝ መሆኑን በህይወት የተረፉ ስደተኞች ይናገራሉ። ሌሎች ደግሞ በየበረሃዉና በየባህሩ ሞተዉ ይቀራሉ። ለኢትዮጵያዉያን ወጣቶች በገፍ መሰደድ ምክንያቱ ምን እንደሆነ ለማወቅ በየጊዜዉ የሚደረጉ ጥናቶች እና ዉይይቶች ቢኖሩም እስካሁን ድረስ ወጥ ስምምነት ላይ የሚያደርሱ ስምምነቶች የሉም። ወጣቶቹም መሰደዳቸዉን አላቋረጡም። በቅርቡ የሜዲተራንያን ባህር ለማቋረጥ ሲሞክሩ ሰምጠዉ ከሞቱት 500 ያህል ስደተኞች መካከል ከግማሽ የሚበልጡት ኢትዮጵያዉያን ናቸዉ ተብሎ ይታመናል። በዚሁ በያዝነዉ ሳምንት የዛንብያ ፖሊስ 34 ኢትዮጵያዉያን ስደተኞች ግዛቱን አቋርጠዉ ለማለፍ ሲሞክሩ ይዞ ማሰሩ ይታወቃል። ይህ በቅርቡ የሰማነዉና በምሳሌ የምንጠቅሰዉ ብቻ ነዉ። ኢትዮጵያዉያን ለምን ይሰደዳሉ? የዛሬዉ የምንወያይበት ርዕስ ይሆናል?
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