(00:20) In Ethiopia, as in any country, non-governmental organizations and civil society groups
(00:25) are important partners in development to help poor or under served communities develop and progress.
(00:30) The United States Agency for International Development, known as USAID,
(00:40) is partnering with Project Mercy, a faith-based, not-for profit group serving two rural communities in Yetebon, SNNPR and Chacha, Amhara.
(00:50) Marta Gabre-Tsadick, the first woman Senator of Ethiopia under Emperor Haile Selassie, and her husband, Deme Tekle-Wold, founded Project Mercy.
(00:54) After fleeing the Communist dictatorship that overthrew the Emperor,
(01:00) they established operations in Ethiopia in 1993 when they returned from exile in the U.S.
(01:05) I am so very proud and thankful to God that my husband
(01:10) and I are the very first that has came to Ethiopia.
(01:15) Senator James Inhofe, one of Project Mercy’s first and most vocal champions
(01:19) has helped the organization attract national and international support.
(01:22)The miracle by Martha and Deme are indescribable
(01:24) and it must be witnessed.
(01:30) In early 2013, Sen. Inhofe, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah
(01:34) and several other members of Congress visited Project Mercy’s operations in Yetebon.
(01:42) On June 20, USAID Ambassador Donald E. Booth, USAID/Ethiopia Mission Director Dennis Weller
(01:48) and the President of Southern Nations Nationalities People’s Region Shiferaw Shegute,
(01:55) came together with Marta and Deme of Project Mercy to sign two agreements to support its operations in Yetebon and Chacha.
(02:06) In Yetebon, a Gurage community outside Butajira town and about 165 kilometers from Addis Ababa
(02:15) pregnant mothers had difficulties receiving medical care.
(02:17) Because this hospital didn’t exist previously, I have heard that many mothers died on their way to Butajera.
(02:22) The first hours of delivery and the first minute after delivery are called the golden minute.
(02:30) There was no vehicle before so we carry on the stick stretcher
(02:22) and walking on barefoot to take them the closest road where vehicle can be accessed.
(02:39) Now we can walk here and get served and sick people are healed and women can deliver in peace.
(02:48) Together, we were train four hundred new midwives and reach three thousand individuals through maternal and child health services.
(02:57) We will insure that every expecting mother has skilled birth attendant at her side and children survive and strive.
(03:01) Through the second USAID-Project Mercy partnership for food security,
(03:09) USAID will help farmers in Chacha, Amhara produce high quality cow milk that will raise incomes and improve the nutrition of children.
(03:12) Ethiopia is to be known as a milk land country
(03:19) and now we have children that have never tasted a glass of milk in their entire life.
Really the important thing is that project is going to be training people
(03:24) how to care full their milk cows and more importantly,
(03:28) how to take the milk from those cows and market it so they can earn income.
(03:40) We definitely are looking very excitedly to work with USAID.
(03:47) We know what USAID stands for, to help nations such as Ethiopia
(03:59) to better itself for the young generation of Ethiopia.
(03:59) USAID grants for project mercy are example of the spirit and generosity of America
(04:00) We are doing something right.
(04:12) Ethiopians are shown that they can in fact increase their productivity and can improve their people’s lives here.
(04:18) We are a catalyst. We USAID and we US tax payers our money that goes under the country like in Ethiopia is
(04:23) to improve the food security but to sustain this gains we have to have local partners
(04:29) and we have to have good technology that come to here to sustain after we exit the country like Ethiopia.
(04:32) I am very proud of my fellow Ethiopians all over the world
(04:42) and I would like to encourage them to come to really help working in this country.
Last updated: December 17, 2014