Dear IFA Supporters,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you once again for all of your support in 2015. Without your consistent and committed backing IFA could not have achieved the incredible goals we have realized this year. We once again embark on a new journey in 2016, which we are certain will be a special one, but before moving forward we would like to take note of the many successes we have achieved in 2015.
2015 has been a year of many advances for IFA, building on what we achieved in 2014. Although IFA has struggled financially since its inception, 2015 was the first year that our organization experienced a very promising stream of donations and partnerships, which have the potential to lead to greater sustained support from private individuals and organizations. As always, A Well-Fed World tops the list of donors that have allowed us to reach our goals. A Well-Fed World not only gave direct donations to IFA but also successfully fundraised for us. Furthermore, in April 2015 Project Matrix made a generous donation to the School Health and Nutrition Program. That same month, Arabella Stewart, founder of Project Pencil Case (PPC), donated a pencil case to each of the 164 students in the program.
In October 2015, IFA launched its school-based Eye Health Program in partnership with the Netherlands-based Better Sight Better Learning Foundation and the private eye clinic enterprise Signum Vitae Eye Care Center in Ethiopia. The Eye Health Program directly aided primary school children with eye problems by supplying them with spectacles and medical treatment. To facilitate these endeavors and make the program maximally effective, IFA hired Felekech Amanuel as the school Eye Health Program coordinator.
In November 2015, IFA received a generous donation from an anonymous British organization to help fund our sustainable School Health and Nutrition Program (SHNP). We first developed and launched this successful program in 2014 with two schools in Addis Ababa. Our strategy and design has always been to make the SHNP sustainable through the development of Income-Generating Activities (IGAs) that are able to fully fund the program in future years. IFA is nearing completion of the major IGA (namely a bakery) with more yet to come. Furthermore, the program has already increased in scale to include three additional schools – two in Addis Ababa and one in rural Ethiopia in northern shewa. The income from the IGAs will directly support the SHNP, ensuring the provision of school lunches for the most vulnerable students at the schools over the coming years. The SHNP is supported by and in partnership with The International Development Association (IDA).
In November IFA also started the administration of deworming medication for all of the children at the two original primary schools and the three new schools. These essential treatments will further help those children who need it most.
Apart from the direct work of helping hungry children, IFA and its staff have been busily involved in other community work. Some highlights include:
- IFA's dispensation of awards to 38 individuals who helped feed the children of the Sibiste Negasian Primary School and the Agazian No. 2 Primary School during the 2014–2015 school year.
- Our sponsorship of an art show to support a talented Ethiopian artist at the IFA office in Addis Ababa
- IFA’s participation in the 1st National Diaspora Day celebration held in Addis Ababa in August 2015
In conclusion, 2015 has been a very fruitful and fortunate year for IFA. Nevertheless, we are still far from reaching our goals in important areas of interest to us like neonatology, rural medical development and animal support. We need the help of individuals who share the same passion as ours, and institutions with the expertise and wherewithal to support our growing organization. We would like to thank all of those individuals and institutions that have helped us in the past, and we look forward to your continued support in our future.
Wishing All a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2016,
Anteneh Roba, M.D.
President and Co-Founder of International Fund for Africa