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  • Dire Dawa Receives a Half Million Dollar Book Donation from U.S.

    News Credited to Kimsha Blog (U.S Embassy)

    The U.S. EmbassDire Dawa Receives a Half Million Dollar Book Donation from U.S.  y, in partnership with Dire Dawa University and the American nonprofit, International Book Project, recently were able to receive a large shipment of donated books for the community of learners in Dire Dawa.  Coordinated with the help of English Language Fellow Matthew Jellick, the Embassy facilitated a payment of $8,000 USD for transportation costs from the U.S. to Djibouti via container ship, and then from Djibouti to Dire Dawa via land transport.  The price of the books themselves however are worth nearly half a million dollars, with most being brand new texts from McGraw Hill Higher Education, covering disciplines ranging from Medicine to Business and from Law to Engineering.

    Within the community of Dire Dawa, the books will be distributed to local libraries and schools in addition to the university itself.  It is through initiatives such as this donation project which the Embassy invests in the sustainable development of education across the Ethiopian landscape, realizing that access to knowledge leads to growth across a number of sectors.  These books will hopefully open up gateways to information, encouraging learners, both young and old, to invest in their education, giving them the necessary tools for continued learning opportunities.

    The Embassy is grateful for our partners in Dire Dawa, including the university which hosts another U.S.-funded initiative, the Access Mirco-Scholarship Program which provides a foundation of English language skills to talented 13-20 year olds from economically disadvantaged sectors.  In addition, we are excited about the upcoming opening of the new Public Library in Dire Dawa where the Embassy will host an upgraded “American Corner”, again offering students as well as the general public a space to learn about American culture, including language and education.
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  • FAO: Somalia facing large- scale food insecurity

    By Elias Meseret, DireTube Correspondent

    (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said Somalia will continue to face large-scale food insecurity betweeFAO: Somalia facing large- scale food insecurityn now and June 2016 as a result of poor rainfall and drought conditions in several areas, trade disruptions, and a combination of protracted and new population displacements - all of which have been exacerbated by chronic poverty. The UN agency added that acute malnutrition remains high in many parts of the country.

    The latest findings from a joint countrywide seasonal assessment by the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit for Somalia (FSNAU) and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) has indicated that 931,000 people will be in Crisis and 22,000 more people in Emergency across Somalia through June 2016.

    “Of the total number of people in Crisis and Emergency, internally displaced persons represent 68 percent, rural populations 26 percent, and urban populations 6 percent,” the assessment said. “Approximately 3.7 million additional people across the country are classified as Stressed through mid-2016.”

    In total, the assessment reports that nearly 4.7 million people or 38 percent of the total population of Somalia are acutely food insecure and will be in need of humanitarian assistance between now and June 2016. The assessment involved 39 separate nutrition surveys conducted from October to December 2016 by FSNAU and partners across Somalia.
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    Image: A girl stands amid the graves of 70 children on the outskirts of Dadaab. The long desert journey to the relief camps has claimed many lives.

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  • Kuwait woman killed by Ethiopian Maid

    KUWAIT: A 23 year old Kuwaiti woman has been allegedly killed by her family’s domestic servant at her home in Al-Andalus area. The maid, an Ethiopian national, stabbed the woman, Fatima, while sleeping and then tried to commit suicide by cutting her own throat.

    The victim’s body has been recovered and the assailant has been sent to Sabah hospital. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the young Kuwaiti woman worked as an investigator for the Ministry of Interior. The maid was planning to travel to her home country within a week’s time after the family had booked her a ticket. There was no immediate information available on the motive behind the attack.

    Kuwait has witnessed several similar violent attacks in recent years. In March 2014, an Ethiopian domestic worker stabbed her employer’s teenage daughter to death in Sulaibikhat. Twenty-two year-old Rabiya Mahmoud, stabbed 19-year-old Seham Al-Shemmari, daughter of former Kuwaiti national football team defender Hmoud Flaiteh Al-Shemmari, while she slept. Mahmoud was later sentenced to death.

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  • A Tale of Love Story: A Monkey Adapts a Puppy

    This is a classic tale ofA Tale of Love Story: A Monkey Adapts a Puppy puppy love. Last month, a rhesus macaque monkey in Southern India adopted a baby dog and the pair is now inseparable. The duo have become the stars of the town in Erode, Tamil Nadu, so much so that people have started leaving food out for them. This is such an extraordinary tale of love that we are constantly reminded how animals are better teachers of all-embracing compassion. Because the monkey takes such good care of the puppy that it cleans and picks lice out of the pup's fur, all the while protecting it from danger.
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    Image: The monkey nurtures the pup so lovingly, that it feeds the little pooch before eating itself.

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  • Globally 1.2 bln People Still Live with Hunger while the World Produces Enough Food to Feed its People

    Currently, some 1.2 billion people around the world are hungry or undernourished and that number is expected to grow to at least 2 billion by 2050. Yet accordingGlobally 1.2 bln People Still Live with Hunger while the World Produces Enough Food to Feed its People to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the world grows enough food to feed most of these hungry people. So why is food insecurity still an unrelenting and incessant global problem?

    Well, one reason is because a shockingly large amount of food that is produced worldwide never makes it to people's plates. It’s estimated that around one-third of food is lost to spoilage or wasted. There are a lot of factors at play here ranging from inadequate storage and transport techniques to premature harvesting and crop blight. In developing countries, many losses happen within agricultural systems, after harvest. And so it's not surprising that this problem is on the radar of the Rockefeller Foundation—one of the premier funders historically concerned with boosting agricultural gains in poor countries.  

    The Rockefeller Foundation announced a seven-year Africa YieldWise 130 million USD Initiative to reduce food loss and waste by half globally. The announcement was made at the 10th Bi-annual US Africa Business Summit in Addis Ababa last week.

    Foundation President Judith Rodin speaking on the launching programme said that the amount of food lost or waste before it ever reaches a table is simply unacceptable, with devastating impacts on people, profit, and planet. "Yet, it's a challenge that can be prevented with a blend of existing solutions, from technologies that help farmers keep more of what they grow to models for private sector engagement that ensure those crops will be bought, rather than left to rot," she said.
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  • USAID Inaugurates “Communication for Health” Program to Strength Evidence-Based Health Communication in Ethiopia: (Press Release)

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 8, 2016 – Following the opening of the first International Social and Behavior Change Communication Summit, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health jointly inaugurated a new activity “Communication foUSAID Inaugurates “Communication for Health” Program to Strength Evidence-Based Health Communication in Ethiopia: (Press Release)r Health” designed to strengthen evidence-based health communication in Ethiopia. This USAID activity will support the Ethiopian health sector to guide families in making better health choices in the areas of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health; malaria; tuberculosis; water, sanitation and hygiene; prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV; and nutrition.

    The five-year activity will work to improve knowledge, attitudes, and practices of individuals and communities, including their use of health services. The activity will serve as a catalyst to enhance the impact and sustainability of existing efforts through improved coordination, use of data and findings from state-of-the-art programming, technical capacity strengthening, and cross-sector integration.

    Speaking at the activity launch, USAID Ethiopia Acting Mission Director Ramona El Hamzaoui said, “Five years from now, we expect to see more families and communities who are informed, empowered and choosing healthy practices and, as a result, are enjoying a better quality of life.”

    The Ministry of Health is a major stakeholder and will play a leading role in strengthening the implementation and coordination of health communication activities, including developing and endorsing tools and guidelines for harmonization and quality assurance.
    USAID and its partners envision the creation of solid communication structures across all levels of the health system, coordination and harmonization of communication strategies and activities, and strengthened capacity for heath communication leading to healthy individuals and communities.

    Communication for Health, a $22.2 million initiative funded by USAID, is led by Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs and implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Health and John Snow, Inc.
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    Image: USAID’s new activity will optimize the power of health communication to transform Ethiopia’s public health system.

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