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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.

Visit at MCMDO ECCD centers

Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) is a project under Education thematic area which works to increase the access and quality of education for children, the most hard to reach and disadvantaged groups, through construction of kindergarten, upgrade/extension of elementary schools, youth centers in Yeka sub-city Woreda 12& 14 of Addis Ababa city administration, German National Office ECCD specialist  Monica Bahlmaier visit the beneficiaries at Yeka sub-city Woreda 12& 14 of Addis Ababa city administration (Bore Abado, Demeka, Quliti) centers, she saws the overall activities done in the center, teaching learning activities & materials, reading session, play grounds and television programs; she also participate a coffee ceremony with parents who are participating in parenting education program.

Early Child hood Care and Development project is donated by German National Office and implemented by Plan international Ethiopia and MCMDO.

MCMDO started implementing the project since November 2013 and benefited more than 2300 children’s.

As the result the project pursues to address the problem through four pillars.

These four pillars are: 1. Parenting education, 2. Community Managed ECCD Centers/ Early Learning Programs, 3. ECCD Early Childhood Care and Development; Facilitating Smooth Transition to Primary/ School and Community Support for Transition to Primary Success, 4. Advocacy, Partnership and Collective Actions.

The project theme activity, the Donkey Mobile Library initiative, responds to a need to make culturally and developmentally appropriate stories and books more available and accessible for young children, as well as to research evidence that children who learn in a familiar language have better foundations for literacy and learning.

Monica Bahlmaier thanked the children’s and parents for the warm welcome ceremony and discussed on how the program helping them and if they had a problem they want to get support from the Donors, the beneficiaries thanked the donors for all the supports they receive and gave her thank you gifts for German National Office and the representative , Finally MCMDO give a recognition certificate for the representative of GNO for all the support they give for the children’s.

ARFE association visited MCMDO

ARFE (Amitie Rural Franco-Ethiopienne) is an association of a group of farmers in France, working with Ethiopian farmers in Amhara Region Semen Shewa zone around Debre Berehan city and Fadji  kebele ; it’s been 14 years since they started working with them.

The association works in

  • distributing agricultural tools for the farmers
  • solar energy for a school in FADJI
  • water supply for the students in the school using the solar energy

The delegation of ARFE has come to Ethiopia to inaugurate its solar pumping project for school at Fadji kebele. The project was supported by EDF Foundation, MCMDO and Blue Energy. President of the association, Mr. Henri Fagotet, and 9 members of the association visited MCMDO’s TVTE center and after the visit they attend a brief power point presentation about MCMDO’s all activities. Finally, Ato Tilahun Mulugeta, Executive Director of MCMDO, invited them to work together & support MCMDO, the visitors gave their appreciation and hope for MCMDO to support for the future.

Visit at Elbethel Academy

“One to one sponsorship program” is one of MCMDO programs under Education thematic area which support Children’s since 2000 G.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.

Among those group sponsorships 28 students “Roman Girls” are the main one who get sponsor from Ethiopian Family Fund (EFF). “Roman girls” get its identification by Dr. Roman Kifle (PhD) the founder & coordinator for these 28 students.

Mrs. Marla Hodes the Executive Director of Ethiopian Family Fund (EFF) and Dr. Roman Kifle the founder for Roman girls visited the students at the school where they get educate (Elbethel Academy).  The purpose of the visit is to observe allocated funds are being used on the right place for the children’s, to personally communicate with the students & their families to discuss the students’ academic & health status. The program started with presentation about the actual implementation of the project, followed by discussion with the girls, their family and representative of Elbethel Academy, after the discussion the visitors share their experience and gave consult for the students (Roman Girls) and gave positive reward for MCMDO and the students gave their big gratitude for MCMDO, Mrs. Marla Hodes, Dr. Roman Kifle and Family of Elbethel Academy. Finally MCMDO gave recognition certificate for Ethiopian Family Fund for supporting the 28 students.