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 MCMDO URBAN DISTITUTE SUPPORT CENTER Inaugurated and started its work on Tuesday September 10/2019.

The UDS center support for street children is a new project funded by WORLD BANK and implemented by MCMDO through Ministry of labor & social affairs in Addis Ababa city administration.

The project targeted 1842 urban destitute street children in different sub cities of Addis Ababa city for 2 years.

Mothers and Children Multisectoral Development Organization /MCMDO/ had ample experience working with street children in Addis Ababa for the last seven years.

The project will provide major services for the beneficiaries both on Rehabilitation and Reintegration(Psychosocial support service, Reunification of children with their family/parents, Provision of start-up capital, Life skill, Health education & Sport recreation service, Reunification, TVET training and Start Small Skill business education)

Besides the children’s get Housing and Food service in which they can get proper life as any ordinary person.

The inauguration ceremony of the project started at 5.00am local time; the beneficiaries, Dr. Ergoge Tesfaye(Ministry of Labour and Social Affair Minister),Ato Getahun Abdisa (Ministry of Labour and Social Affair Deputy Minister), W/ro Alemtsehay Pawlos (Bureau of  Labour and Social Affair Head), Different Gov’t bodies and Guests arrived.

According to the schedule for first round 50 children’s and youths get in to the center to (their home).

The guests visited the center which is prepared for the beneficiaries and Ato Tilahun Mulugeta (Executive Director of MCMDO) guide them about the project activities and how the project going to be applied though the organization’s  experience on the project.

The program passed with great celebration it starts with welcoming all the beneficiaries and Guests speech by (Rekik Dagne PR and Documentation Officer), followed by Speech of the day by W/ro Adanech Kebede (Board Chairperson of MCMDO), Motivational speech and thank MCMDO for taking the chance to work on this project by Dr. Ergoge Tesfaye and last Speech about the project and thanking MCMDO for its good works by W/ro Alemtsehay Pawlos.

Dr. Ergoge Tesfaye played different games with the beneficiaries; she also gave them advice’s on their behaviors.

Followed, some children’s personal testimony of their feeling at a moment and they dance with Ethiopian New Year music with all the guests.

The children’s had Photo program with Dr.Ergoge Tesfaye and all Guests and also all MCMDO staffs.

Finally the event was closed with lunch program; Dr. Ergoge, W/ro Alemtsehay and Ato Getahun served lunch for the children’s and all guests attained the lunch program.

Annual Sport festival program

MCMDO has been sensitive in addressing the problems of children especially of vulnerable groups since its establishment in 1997. More importantly MCMDO ChildSPACE Program which directly focuses on rehabilitation and reintegration of street children has been striving for the well-being of children by establishing a child friendly environment in its service provision.

MCMDO has started street children and youth support project in Addis Ababa named as “Reducing the vulnerability of street living children and youth in Ethiopia through enhanced local capabilities”

MCMDO implemented the project in different sections: Heath, WaSH, Livlihoods & Child protection and sport & Recreational) in Addis Ababa city administration Arada, Addis Ketema, Ledeta, Gullele, Yeka, Nefas silk lafto and Kirkos sub cities in collaboration with Goal Ethiopia.

Recreational and sport activities are one vital part of the rehabilitation service provided at the center. It is relatively easier to engage children due to their age in relaxing and edutainment sessions. Children were allowed to interact with themselves in the form of music, games, dance competition and others.

Currently more than 100 beneficiaries are engaged in different sport activities like football, Athletics and conditioning exercise. In addition, based on their interest they attend various training on respective recreational and artistic training schemes.

The programs widen its scope to other artistic work like music and theatre. Thus MCMDO ChildSpace considers this opportunity as one strategy to build the capacity of the children through creating conducive atmosphere to show and invest their inherent talents. The program appreciated by our beneficiaries and helps our rehabilitation and good image build by the community towards this group.

The objective of the program is to capacitate and motivate our target group self-esteem and encourage them to bring behavioral change, to minimize bad habits, to create positive communication among the beneficiaries as well as with other partners.


The team organized by eight main groups among two of them are female and the remaining six are male.

The groups are organized on department of the center and each group contains 15 players. They are coached by the department coordinator and compete each other on football, short distance athletics and Minor funny games.

In these year the competition has been in Atse Fasil primary school for two days in July 17 and 18 2019.

Lastly, after the competition ends the winner department receive trophy and the rest competitors got different awards from the hands of Ato Mesay Gelaw Director of Atse Fasil primary school.

MCMDO ECCD and ABE Center Graduation

MCMDO under its ECCD and ABE programs graduate children’s from six community owned early learning centers.

MCMDO Currently implements more than 24 projects in all regions of Ethiopia; Early Child Care and Development (ECCD) project is one of the projects under Education thematic area which has been implemented in partnership with plan international Ethiopia since 2013. Children participating in early learning programs acquire foundational skills that contribute to their long-term performance and success in primary school.

The project target all children’s (birth to 8); it will geographically address woreda 12 and Woreda 14) of Yeka sub city in Addis Ababa City Administration. On this project communities will develop and learn to their full potential through effective, inclusive and holistic ECCD supports.

The project specifically aims Parents and guardians take action to improve the development (including care, learning, and protection) of children ages birth to 8 years, all children’s aged 4 to 6 years, participate in quality and inclusive early learning programs that promote the development of physical, cognitive, social, emotional and language skills, effective school and community supports are in place to ensure successful transitions to primary school and Government and non-government actors in ECCD work in partnership to ensure the development and protection of all children at community, district, region and national level.

As a part of this project under early learning project activity MCMDO transit 87 (41 male and 46 female) children’s whom complete early learning program to primary school for sixth round. Beside this 101 (48 male and 53 female) children whom complete the Alternative basic education (ABE) also transit to primary school from its centers of (Geberiel, Demeka, Quility, Adama, Kara Gebesa and Bore) on July 13 and 14.

Guests and parents of the students attained the event to congratulate the graduates.

The day passed with great celebration starts with welcoming and congratulating speech by Rekik Dagne PR and Documentation Officer, followed by Congratulation and motivational speech by Ato Fekere Mulat woreda 12 CBO (community based organization)coordinator and Speech about the program and congratulating the students by Ato Resom Sisay MCMDO Addis Ababa area coordinator.

After the speech Students from the centers presented Poems, cultural & modern Dance.

Certificate award for graduates were given by Teachers (representative of the centers).

Finally the event was closed by Photo program of graduates with their family and teachers.

Graduation at MCMDO’s TVET Center

MCMDO TVET Center Graduation   

MCMDO TVET center wood work or furniture making and Metal work trainee’s graduation.

Currently MCMDO is implementing more than 24 projects in all regions of Ethiopia. From all this the (Regional Development and Protection Project) RDPP supported by Plan international Ethiopia aims to create evidence-based, innovative and sustainable development and protection solutions for lives of Ethiopians youths Host Communities and urban refugees specifically Eritrea and Somali refugees live in Addis Ababa in particular so as to minimize irregular migration.

The project started from March 2018 with first phase trainees on wood and furniture making as well as metal work.

Currently under the project 53 trainees 42 (35 refugees and 7 male host community) wood work and furniture making trainees 11 (6 male host community and 5 male refugee) metal work trainee taken COC exam, successfully pass their exam and graduated on July 9/2019.

Guests attained the event to congratulate the trainees

  • Addis Ababa BOLSA Beraue Ato Kassa Seyoum
  • Yeka sub city BOLSA Office W/ro Alem Ashagre
  • Plan International Ethiopia Ato Fekadu Joti
  • Addis Ababa RDPP Project Coordinator Ato Lijalem Tesfaye
  • Educational Materials Production and Distribution Enterprise Ato Terefe Mulatu
  • Staffs from MCMDO main office and ChildSpace.

The day passed with great celebration starts with welcoming and congratulating speech by Rekik Dagne PR and Documentation Officer, followed by Speech of the day by Ato Mersha Abebe the TVET center coordinator, Congratulation and motivational speech by Ato kassa Seyoum Director of returnee refugees at BOLSA, Speech about the program by Ato Fekadu Joti Plan International Ethiopia Country office RDPP project monitoring and evaluation coordinator and thank you speech by Graduates.

Certificate award for graduates were given by Ato Kassa Seyoum and Ato Mersha Abebe and Acknowledgment Certificate for d/t partners (cooperative training) by Ato Fekadu Joti.

Finally the event was closed with trainees Photo program on their department in group with their teachers.

“Amsale Birhanu Memorial”

“One to one sponsorship program” is one of MCMDO programs under Education thematic area which support Children’s since 2000G.c. The Sponsorship Program mainly works on providing opportunities & access to education for orphan and vulnerable children through the generous support of the sponsors from different countries.

The implementation of the program is designed in two ways;

  • One to one sponsorship where an individual child linked to a sponsor
  • Group sponsorship where a group of people sponsor a group of children.


“AMSALE BIRHANU family members” is one of those sponsors who raise and support economically in need students; the support was named by AMSALE BIRHANU.

She raised and support two children’s before she died on accident. After she passed away her siblings get organized together and established a memorial named after her. Then after family members continue the support what she has been doing for the children’s since 2009G.C. Currently under AMSALE BIRHANU memorial 12 students got monthly financial support as well as scholastic material provision .

June 30/2019 four members of the memorial (KIDIST BERHANU, EYERUSALEM BERHANU,TIBLET BERHANU and BETELHEM BERHANU) came with their children’s to visit the students they support at MCMDO’s main office.

The purpose of the visit was to check the students’ academic & health status, beside to observe allocated funds were being used on the right place for the children’s.

During the visit they have got presentation about the actual implementation of their support, followed by discussion with the children’s and parents one by one, after the discussion the visitors share their experience and gave consult for the students, they also promises to Donate EDUCATIONAL BOOKs for Library.

The family of the students gave their deep gratitude for AMSALE BIRHANU family members and MCMDO. Finally MCMDO present  gift card for the visitors.

KASECH-2 Renewable and sustainable energy


(Knowledge, Sustainable Environment and Conservation for Humanity)

Supported by: EDF Foundation, Synergy Solaire and blueEnergy

Using diesel generators as back up in Addis Ababa is common. But diesel generators have their own impact on climatic change through carbon emission to the environment. Continues rise of fuel price and high sound pollution makes diesel generator difficult to operate. Using renewable and sustainable energy will provide very low operating and maintenance costs compared to diesel generators. MCMDO has decided to install KASECH-2 with its partner in the main office not to be affected by power fluctuation. With the current condition of Ethiopia’s electric power fluctuation MCMDO benefited through using the solar system in the main office.

Benefit of KASECH

  • Creating auto-consumption building
  • Center of excellence for different stakeholders who want to replicate like this system.
  • Income generation if EPPCO is willing to buy the surplus electric produced.

Mothers Day Celebration

“Motherhood all love begins and ends there “ROBERT BROWNING

MCMDO celebrated Mother’s day in the main office.

Staffs, beneficiaries from different projects, sponsors and representatives from woman’s and children’s Association were there in the celebration.

The program started with opening speech of Ato Solomon Getachew Admin and HR Manager of MCMDO. He gave brief explanation about the day and how MCMDO started working on mothers and the benefit of working for mothers.

Working for mothers is working for the country.

The celebration includes Coffee ceremony and blood donation with staff members and beneficiaries for those mothers who will suffer with lack of blood lose.

Strong Beneficiaries (mothers) gave their testimony about the challenges they face and how they benefited from the organization and their current status.

Lastly strong mothers awarded recognition certificate for being role models for others.

Supportive Visit from Dropbox Foundation

 Supportive Visit from Dropbox Foundation

The Dropbox Foundation which works in collaboration with Goal Ethiopia visitor’s VACAVEUON HOSTAN (Manager), AMBER COTTLE, ADRIENNE CORNLEX and from GOAL ETHIOPIA COURTENAY POCCARD (Trust and Foundation Manager), EAMAN SHACKY (Head of Fundraising) visited one of MCMDO’s programs ChildSpace center which works on street connected children’s and youth in collaboration with GOAL ETHIOPIA on 7th    May 2019.

The ChildSpace center mainly works on rehabilitating and reintegrating of the SCCY’s.

The objective of the visit is learning more about what MCMDO did in the field and how MCMDO’s  work impacts the lives of vulnerable populations, through that the Dropbox Foundation grasps how MCMDO has been successful with its projects and wanted to feel the gaps and discussed on how to help the organization to reach more beneficiaries.

The visit started with welcoming the guests and introducing staffs of MCMCDO and brief explanation about all projects, Afterward the visit continued  on how the children’s, mothers and youth spend their day and the benefit they get from the center.

Finally the visitors had good time with the youths in the center and encourage them to change their own life with the support they receive from the center.


22th General Assembly meeting of MCMDO Convenes

The General Assembly of MCMDO convened Saturday 30 March 2019 at Ras Amba Hotel for the 22th time since the founding of the organization in 1997. The meeting was attended by 39 members of the assembly and 42 staff members took part in the half-day meeting during which the

  • Board members annual work report,
  • 2018 annual report and expenditure,
  • Audit reports of the organization for the period ended 31 December 2018
  • 2019 planned activities and budget,
  • Beneficiaries’ testimony and
  • New board members selection were presented, discussed and approved by the general assembly.

Ato Tilahun Mulugeta, Executive Director of MCMDO gave an opening speech. Following he invited the vice chairperson of GA members Ato Hadush Halefom took the stage and opened the meeting the reason with the absence of the chairperson Ato Tesfaye Getachew.

Following, the Board chair person W/ro Adanech Kebede, presented 2018 Board Report of MCMDO. After she finishes her report, she invited the General Assembly members to visit mcmdo’s Addis Ababa area projects.
Following An Audit report of 2018 was presented by external auditor, Ato GetaMehari Temesgen, he explained that no problem witnessed during audit inspection.

Then the 2018 Annual Report was presented to the GA by Ato Fisha Mezgabu, program director of MCMDO. Subsequently, Financial Report of 2018 was presented by MCMDO’s Finance Manager, Ato Biruk Tamene.

Following this, beneficiaries gave their testimony about the organization have done for them. Afterwards, the GA participants at the meeting held a detailed discussion on the issues stated on the report and testimony’s given by the beneficiaries. Comments and feedback were also given.

After that the GA participants assigned new board members in a place of those who completed their terms, they requested to keep W/ro Adanech Kebede, Ato Asamnew Kassa and Ato Assefa Tesfaye. and five new Board members nominated and four are selected, who are w/ro Fana Abraha, Ato Tamiru Mersha, w/ro Abaynesh Yerega and Alfanur Abu Kufa.

Finally the last agenda of the day was annual plan for 2019

The annual plan for 2019 was presented by Ato Mikiyas Abrham, M&EL unit head of MCMDO.

From the presentation of the 2019 annual plan

  • Keep previous thematic areas
  • Adding 2 more thematic areas (Democracy and Human right, conflict resolution peace and reconciliation).

Following, GA participants approved 2018 Board Report, Financial Report, External Audit Report and 2019 plan and Board members election.
The meeting was finalized by closing remarks made by Executive Director of MCMDO Ato Tilahun Mulugeta, at 1:30 p.m.


Follow up Visit

Board members visit the Actual implementation of MCMDO’s Addis Ababa area projects Annual work activity. The objective of the field visit was to enable and see the actual implementation of the projects beyond the paper report and to create comprehensive understanding of how MCMDO works at the city level.

  • More specifically, the visit started with presentation on One to One Sponsorship program which works on providing opportunities & access to education for orphan and vulnerable children through the generous support of the sponsors from different countries and followed by visit the TVTE center which creates evidence-based, innovative and sustainable development and protection solutions by giving Vocational skill training for beneficiaries so far on woodwork furniture making and metal work for refugees and host communities in key hot spot areas of Addis Ababa. The Board members raise some questions for the trainee’s about the benefit of the training and their satisfaction, the trainee’s responded that the training is well good for them but they asked if the organization could add some hours for the training and facilitate job for them after they graduated from the center.

Afterward the visit continued to ChildSpace which works on rehabilitating and reintegrating of Street Connected Children and Youth, on how the children’s, mothers and youth spend their day and the benefit they get from the center. The next visit was the Alternative Basic Education Kulity center at Yeka sub city; which benefited children’s around the area to get education near to their home, the board visited the teaching learning process and appreciated them

The visit was finalized by school feeding program at KARALOO School in which MCMDO works on feeding students once per day for whom they don’t get balanced diet at their home and by addressing questions and feed backs from the students about their satisfaction of the feeding program.