Successful gardening in arid Environment

Oda Chome is a father of six children a residency of Borena zone, Moyale town. Three of his children have been enrolled in Yekokeb Berhan project since April 20, 2012 G.C. This year the rest children enrolled in the program and now receiving the services. He earned his life and children through daily laborer which is very limited amount of money per day. He and his children fail under wretched life. Even enrolling to school they fail to get their daily bread one per day; all of them walk under difficult condition. The organization provided psychosocial, health care, shelter and care and educational support for target HVC and enrolled in school. Unfortunately, community committees selected him after identifying availability of garden around his home. He was trained on the urban gardening with his colleagues and successfully completed the training. Then, gardening equipment like Zappa, Doma and seeds were among the prominent provided. The area is very drought not for gardening difficult for personal consumption however, he thought and formulates best methods for digging holes for holding water from the stream around him which is very seasonal for gardening activities. He prepared plot of land for the gardening near by the stream hole made. He sowed the seeds of vegetables and shadow trees which are for decoration in the town marketable. Vegetable and shadow trees successfully grow and used for personal consumption for themselves and local market. Besides, he sold the shadow trees with very high cost and for residency of the town .The money earned from the gardening sustainable supporting the family beyond personal consumption for strength and renovated their home. This also motivated the surrounding community and others individuals participated in the work. Life from null to meaningful through successful leading of urban gardening


Building possible future

Etenesh emiru is a mother of one child living in Bonga, SNNPR, Ethiopia. She is overwhelmed by their life situation as her husband is chronically ill and her child missed school frequently, for often sent to work in markets and was going to school without food as the mother was paying for home rent and other house hold expenses. Besides, she is unable to adhere her husband’s treatment. The family was totally dependent on Etenesh. Her earning was 400 birr from serving as a cooker in restaurant. She saw no way to escape poverty.
Through door-to-door beneficiary enrollment, the community committee learned of the family’s hardship and enrolled in Yekokeb berhan for highly vulnerable children’s program. Meanwhile, the program designed economic strengthening intervention assuming can bring a comprehensive response to the need of children and assist sustainability.
Fortunately, Etenesh was illegible to this area of intervention and became a member of CSSG after attending relevant trainings. She started saving 10 birr per week in group, hoping the possible bright future will come. However, within a year, Etenesh received 7000 birr loan from the group loanable fund and started her own mini restaurant considering her skill and experience. Though, she able to earn 200 birr net profit in a day from about 700-800birr gross sells and debt free. As a result her weekly saving in the group increased to 50 birr, in addition to her 14000 birr saving in bank.
Etenesh said “prior to Yekokeb Berhan supported economic strengthening program, I was a cooker in a restaurant and my family was subjected to erratic life situation, causing poor food security and nutrition condition. Thank you to the Yekokeb berhan program this time we are easily accessing rich and varied meals daily ,that enabled my son to continue attending school during the learn season. On other hand my husband adhered to his medication and helping me in the restaurant”
”I will always grateful for what I have learned and found from the program, and I want to extend the business continue leading in the town’’ Etenesh, added.
Group saving and the restaurant business improved social cohesion among Etenesh and her community, and sense of independency developed in the family.
This story is one of the successes attributed to economic strengthening out of more than 2400 target households throughout FIDO. The change in this family show that they have achieved greater security through managing their resources introduced and supported through Yekokeb Berhan program.




Tadalu is 25 years old. She was born in Oromia region West Wollega Zone Gimbi town. Here fathers name is Etafa and mothers name GashuDabala and they earn their income from daily laborers and piety traders respectively. As her age reached for education she started her education. When her father Etafa who is the source of income for the family is died in 2007 E.C., She decide to quit her education on grade 9th and looking to work so as to cover her families basic need. Then she discussed with her peers on what kind of job can she engaged and they recommended her that her life will be completely changed if she relocate her place and start working as commercial sex worker. Then she accepted her peers recommendation and move to Nekemte town and started Commercial sex working within different Hotels and in Katanga area at Nekemte town. In addition to Commercial sex working, she was also addicted (in chewing chat, shisha and other alcohol drink).

Then Fayya Integrated Development Organization who work on community started implementing USAID/MULU Key Population Project at Nekemte town. HCT activities implemented within a town through Mobile outreach at each Hotels and it reached commercial sex workers including Tadalu. And she was one of those beneficiaries who have got this service and unfortunately, her result implies as she is HIV positive.

Then, since she is our target, she started ART and other services at Nekemte DIC. At the initiation of services, her CD4 was very low and she was exposed to other opportunistic infections. But due to the service provided, her life completely changed to health life and her viral load become <1000. Additionally, under the project there was Economic strength and capacity building activity which help beneficiaries by provide training about saving and strength them to involve in other income generating activities so Tadelu was also a part of this support.
Finally, she started piety trading activity by left out from commercial sex work and other addictive behavior. After all she engaged on teaching here peers to quit such affected behavior and that make her an exemplary for other commercial workers.


Success story on Index Case testing (CHCT project)

My name is Alemayehu Shonkab. I live in MizanAman town. I have worked as daily laborer for many years and occasionally had sexual relations with home based female sex workers. I also had long term relationship with my sexual partner who is widowed and continued on without testing for HIV.
My partner did not tell me about her former husband’s cause of death. One day she advises me to test for HIV and at first I was frustrated to do so, because I have not done it before. I was scared of being HIV positive and be subjected to stigma and discrimination by my families and the community. I refused to be tested while she did. She was found to be HIV Positive and told me her test result immediately.
In 2018 the activity called USAID community HIV care and treatment enrolled my sexual partner to care and support and the volunteer who worked in the project met me and conducted HIV risk assessment. The volunteer assured me that I was eligible for HIV testing and based on my consent she brought a community engagement facilitator (CEF) to my house, for HIV testing and I was found to be HIV positive. The CEF provide me in-depth counseling about ART, adherence, disclosure and stigma and discrimination and also linked me to Mizan Health center. The counseling provided brought me relief for the fear I had of stigma and discrimination by being an HIV positive person.
Now I am very happy with anti-retroviral therapy (ART) and decide to have a good adherence so that I can lead quality life

Success story of Amsalu Kajela (GTN)

Amsalu Kajela is a 28 years old male lives in East Wollega, DigaWoreda, DegagaDidesaKebele. He is Farmer and attended school only up to 8th grade. He has 3 children and all of them are females. When he started ECC (Enhanced Community Conversation) session his wife was a 4 month pregnant mother and now his child is 2 months years old. He is living with a total of 5 family members. He was selected based on the criteria & invited by CCA (Community Change Agent) and joined ECC (Enhanced Community Conversation) as a Fathers Group. Before he joined & started the ECC session he said that ” my family use daily for existing what is available at home and we didn’t know about balanced diet/diet diversity and I had no idea about how to prepare and feed balanced diet for my family, especially for children under two years old”. And also he didn’t know what type of diet should be prepared for pregnant/lactating mothers. He believed that pregnant/lactating mothers consume the same type of food items with other members of family. With the help of CCA (Community Change Agent) he acquired necessary awareness on Nutrition and other health related issues like about balanced diet, proper feeding practices, sanitation and other health seeking behaviors. He said that “now my wife is a consuming diversified food 5 times daily and my child is feeding only breast milk”. He became beneficiary and completed the series of 10 ECC (Enhanced Community Conversation) sessions on monthly basis in Fathers group. While attending the sessions, he was actively participated in the session by asking questions and discussing with his group members. He has no any such like experiences before and he attended this kind of ECC (Enhanced Community Conversation) sessions for the first time.

He received different kinds of SBCC (Social Behavioral Change Communication) materials from his CCA (Community Change Agent) and posted properly on the wall of his house. And also he is sharing idea for his family members, neighbors & community what he has learnt from the ECC (Enhanced Community Conversation) session. He decided to grow different fruit and vegetables in order to feed his families with diversified food. Now his family is with more information’s than before and started to prepare balanced diet from what they have produced at home and buying what not available at home. For example they started to consume animal products like milk, meat, egg, etc and fruits & vegetables like banana, orange, tomato, cabbage, etc. He is also supporting the family by providing money in order to buy different food items & assisting his wife by work. Additionally, He constructed hand washing practice near the latrine, the latrine opening is properly covered and family members are always washes their hands by soap after using the latrine. He is also keeping his children hygiene cleanly & his environmental sanitation. He has a separated house for animals. He promised to continue and keep applying what he has learnt from all ECC (Enhanced Community Conversation) sessions. Currently his family is living in happy state of condition and his children are healthy, stronger & well looking too. Finally Mr. Amsalu said thank you to USAID/FIDO GtN /Growth through Nutrition/ Project.<?p>

Astonishing life began

Jamila(CVC Project)

Jamila Arage is one of the target beneficiaries identified through health facilities(JUSH) from Bacho Bore kebele to community committees via a selection criteria of 03 (Children With HIV Positive Care Giver). She is 33 year old and living with her husband and two children’s. The families well have known their HIV status. Ahmad A/Jabal is her husband and 36 years old, he is living with HIV/AIDS in his blood. Her child, Fatiya Ahmed is an elder daughter 16 years old. She is attending grade 10 and her status is HIV negative as tested through health extension worker with close follow up of social service worker and case worker. Amiraddin Ahmed is 13 years old and attending grade six, the youngest son in the home and living with HIV. He was linked with health facilities and started ART at pediatric since his birth from Jimma University specialized hospital. Her Case Worker is AlemineshBihonagn closely follow up and working the target groups to health facility. AleminashBihonagn is a caseworker’s that provided care and support for target beneficiaries on weekly bases. She has been seeking with shelter and care because of that she can’t afford the rent also she faced neglecting from the owners. During home visits case workers was provided counseling and support to identify the problems still she was on so many challenges, BiyadigilignHabtamu (SSW) and AlemBihonegn (CW) thoroughly discussed the problems with CCCs and kebele administration. The living condition and situation of the family and children very hear touching problems. Again, the community committee thoroughly discussed the issues and hoped to solve the problems. The kebele administration discussed with all they had decided to go together to see what was she faced. The CCCs planned and identified the place in providing home for the target groups from Barkume zone of BechoboreKebele with 15 tin for construction. The CCCs started mobilizing and discussion and talk to potential service providers and promised to repairs the shelter for dwelling. Thanks, to CVCV CCC and almighty God and Kebele administration the house well resolved and constructed for the target groups. Now, she has the kebele house in Becho Bore. The strong follow up of CW and SSW has saved her families to live back with happiness on leading and managing their previous life.

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