On 23 Oct 08 EYES was awarded recognition from the Government for their “technical and financial support exerted in enhancing access, equity and quality of education” and has been referred to as a “model NGO”.
The Ethiopian Youth Educational Support EYES is a locally registered non-government organization (No128) - NGO, responsible to a local Board. EYES acts as A-CET’s Ethiopian national implementing partners.
EYES works with local NGOs OSSA - Organization of Social Services for Aids, EYES Circus & Band a voluntary group and the MOPC Makale Ortho-Physiotherapy Centre who treat all disabled children in the Region. EYES also has an agreement with the the Bureau of Labour & Social Affairs BoLSA, a government agency with representatives at village level who identify, manage and support needy orphans. EYES works in close cooperation with the Bureaux of Education and Youth & Sports
Through these organizations EYES, in addition to its own 350+ direct scholarship students, is helping a further 350+ AIDS orphans attend full-time education through OSSA and 80 children through EYES Circus & Band. For these children to be able to attend school is an almost magic life-changing experience and all love school.
EYES is managed and run by Bisrat Mesfin as Manager and Board Chairman supported by Hadas on Finance & reception. Rufael is our Addis Abeba Liaison Assistant. All were A-CET alumni so well understand the backgrounds and situations of our students. Our policy is to delegate responsibility to Ethiopians, who are far better suited and able to identify what needs to be done and how to achieve it, EYES now selects all students and educational projects through local agencies. Bisrat is responsible through the EYES Board to A-CET for all finances and administration of all Ethiopian students and projects. The EYES Board are three leading local volunteer professionals involved in government, health, and tourism - with David as an ex-officio member.
EYES are now supporting thousands of children plus undertaking over-sight of two rural school upgrading projects. EYES now has a small rented office and their own 4WD vehicle which help them manage their work in an efficient and effective way.
Currently EYES supports a 48/52% ratio of boys to girls - of whom now over 20% are disabled and 85% full orphans. All students are vulnerable and without our support, few would be able to attend full-time school. We are helping them to be strong, independent, confident and responsible. For A-CET it is both our pleasure and privilege to be in partnership with such dynamic, hard-working, intelligent and totally committed EYES staff and Board members.
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