Message from the Commissioner
EKHCDC believes that development is unlocking people’s potential to get released from physical, mental and psychological poverty. As a result, people have begun to notice the matters that affect their lives and their livelihoods. Hence, they are able to take actions to improve their own plights. When people think and take actions to change their unfavorable socioeconomic situations, they will also be able to go through the process of empowerment (that actually comes along with people’ understanding of self, others, nature, and the Creator). Therefore, the holistic development process requires collective actions covering all areas mentioned above.
With this line of thinking, therefore, the process of development itself can be used to empower people creating situations that people can work with others to meet their own needs while they are able to take collectives actions related to, for example, protecting and maintaining the natural environment so that their current actions may transcend to affect the future generations but for better. Therefore people, through the development process, can come to terms that force them to view their own lives not only in terms of meeting their current demands but also in terms of the future generations, taking commitment to use the available resources efficiently and effectively.
The Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church Development Program (EKHCDP) started, as a national development wing of the Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church (EKHC), in response to the famine occurred in the northern part of the country during the first half of 1980’s. However, there were programs owned by the Kale Heywet Church congregations before the establishment of the national development office during early 1980’s. These programs particularly were running schools (including pre-school literacy and numeracy programs) as well as running health facilities (for example, hospitals and clinics). The partnership then was the SIM and who was also the founder of the Kale Heywet Church.
EKHCDP has diversified and intensified its experiences since 1980’s to include programs such as integrated water and sanitation, compressive health (including HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and control), integrated rural and urban development with emphasis also on relief and rehabilitation, resident and non-resident child care and support, self-help group promotion, basic education, prevention and eradication of HTPs with special emphasis on FGM, tree plantation or reforestation, etc.
According to 2010 situational analysis report, EKHCDC as a grass-root development NGO was 65.6% visible at the community level than at the zonal level (15.6%), for example. EKHCDC has been found implementing its program or development activities in 5 regions (such as SNNPRS, Oromia, Benshangul Gumuz, Tigray and Amhara regions), 16 zones, and more than 100 districts. The geographic coverage of EKHCDC, according to the situational analysis report 2010, is a huge one; it has been found operating in around 20% of the physical areas of the country. Nevertheless more of its activities were being implemented in SNNPRS and Oromia regions though water and HIV/AIDS and Health being followed by Education were implemented in several other regions, as well.
In terms of Global Alliance/Partnership EKHCDC has experience of workings with more than 40 international donors and partners as of 2010 that has helped EKHCDC to contribute for possible achievements of the MDGs. EKHCDC has also good working relationships with different government sector bureaus, including: Finance and Economic Development, Agriculture and Rural Development, Marketing and Cooperative, Education, Women’s Affairs Water Resource Development, and Health.
Currently, EKHCDC has been working hard to reinvigorate its once famous sectors such as health, water and sanitation, education, etc. Nevertheless, as of this physical year, there are a half million people expected to benefits from the projects and programs being implemented by EKHCDC in different regions, including SNNP, Oromia, Amhara, Benshangul Gumuz, etc. According to the expenditure reports over the last five fiscal years (between 2015 & 2019), the Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church Development Commission (EKHCDC) has been able to invest in the wellbeing of its target population over ETB One Billion (or 1, 036, 314, 329.00).