In the year 2008 the Ethiopian Addis Kidan Church has accomplished many spiritual and development projects with the help of God. We have been able to achieve success in most of our projects because of you and others who are working with us for the sake of God's kingdom. I would like to explain some of the projects of the Church as follows.
Education, Compassion and Other Aid
In this year we have provided support for more than 850 children in 6 preschools. The Church has created a learning opportunity for those who are unable to join in private and government schools. The Compassion child sponsorship project is one of our strong projects through which the Church has been providing holistic ministry for disadvantaged children and their families. The number of beneficiaries are more than 1000 poor children. Another child focus project is an aid project in north Shoa province. Here more than 250 children have gotten seasonal food and clothes aid. The source of this aid is Heart For Ethiopia. In general the Church helped more than 2000 children in the year 2008. Our future plan is to increase the number of preschools from 6 to10 and students from 850 to1250 by 2009.
The Awash Belo water project was completed recently. The total number of developed potable water wells is 21, and these water wells serve 281 households and 1416 individual beneficiaries. Our second water project will start in December 2008 in Hole Sire. This project will be implemented with the help of the Cooperative Baptist organization. For this reason we signed an agreement with Tagese, Survey Team Leader of the organization, the community and the local churches of West Shoa province. One more agreement was signed with Joseph Stocker to give training in well drilling for two trainees. We are also dealing with a newly emerged local NGO that demands our full scale support in drilling potable water in north Shoa zone near Addis. When we reach consensus we hope to start the project there before the end of 2008. Furthermore we are undertaking two water project proposals for Minjar and Molale communities.
Self Help and Health Care Projects
Since the end of October we have been implementing the above two projects in Hosanna Jajura and Sundusa. The projects help us as pilot projects to introduce such activities in other parts of Ethiopia.
The PC3 project on HIV was another area of involvement of the church in the community. Unfortunately this project was terminated in the middle of 2008 because of a discrepancy from the side of our sponsors. Now we are looking for different options to resume HIV/AIDS programs by the year 2009.
Recently we began working with some individuals to develop an appropriate proposal or document on the issue of sex workers. For the time being our program would be limited in one area only. In addition to these we will give due emphasis to start working with different groups of peoples in the areas of old people, street children and prisoners.
The Church has provided different trainings including reorganizing zonal committees and other services for local churches during the year 2008. Leadership training will be the Church's major concern in the coming year. Furthermore we will organize Youth and Women affairs in local churches and at the zone level. We also have an interest in opening training centers on the site of Zone offices.