In concert for a Cause

President Mulatu Teshome (PhD) (centre) visited the Gergesenon Association for Supporting Peoples with Mental Disorder, a charity located in Entoto, Addis Abeba last Friday. He was joined by veteran actor Debebe Eshetu (left), Deputy Mayor Dagmawit Moges (centre-right), and Yohannes Chala [MD] (right), head of the city’s Health Bureau.

Melese Ayele (centre-left) one of the founders of the Association, gave the President a tour of the premises. The 13-year-old local charity is currently supporting 294 formerly homeless people housed at the facility. The president’s visit was followed by in-kind donations of glucose and gloves offered by the Bureau of Health.

The visit is part of the City Administration’s campaign to support residents of Addis Abeba that are living under the poverty line. Launched by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) and the three deputies of Addis Abeba – Takele Uma, Dagmawit and Solomon Kidane (PhD) – the campaign seeks to support 30,000 students with school materials, feed around 7,000 children year-round, renovating 117 houses and plant trees.

The Administration has reached out to public figures asking for contributions in an effort to mobilise around 15,000 youth to volunteer for tasks that require manual work.

Despite being the most urbanised city in Ethiopia, with near-universal access to electricity and clean water, a third of the city’s population still lives under the poverty line. This figure is higher than the national average.

Published on Sep 01,2018 [ Vol 19 ,No 957]



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