Dear IFA supporters,
Another year has passed and we now welcome the new year with new hopes of improving the lives of those less fortunate than us. As in years past, we as an organization have striven to do our best to help our fellow human beings and our animal brethren.
Our challenges have been many, and due to the very slow recovery of the U.S. economy, the support we used to enjoy has continued to dwindle. Despite these persistent financial woes, we continue to persevere.
We decided with the relocation of Miss Seble Nebiyeloul to Ethiopia at the end of 2011 that we would establish strong links with international and local NGOs, as well as international donors and institutions with a focus on Africa. After accomplishing this and moving forward, we decided that 2013 would be a year to rebuild and revitalize our infrastructure. To that effect, in early 2013 we expanded our office space and purchased a vehicle for office use. In March of 2013 we invited Miss Anne Stewart, a British subject, to join us as a volunteer. Miss Stewart holds an MBA in Health Population and Nutrition in Developing Countries, and she has worked as an educator in Malawi and Kenya. In April 2013, we further solidified our work force by hiring Miss Tsedaye Bezabeh as Program & Network Development Director of IFA. Dr. Bezabeh is a healthcare professional with over 20 years of professional experience working on health care, education, and community development in Ethiopia and the United States. After receiving her medical degree from the medical faculty of Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, Bezabeh completed her specialty training in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation in New York State, U.S. In June 2013, Abenezer Tesfaye also joined IFA as Animal Project Coordinator in Ethiopia. At that time, Mr. Tesfaye was finishing up his fifth and final year as a veterinary medical student at Addis Ababa University's College of veterinary medicine and Agriculture (CVMA).
Although our main focus in 2013 was improving our infrastructure and positioning ourselves to better handle the challenges of being an international NGO in Ethiopia, we did not stop contributing to the well-being of the population we are committed to serve.
On February 22, 2013, and for the 6th year in a row, IFA donated $1,000 each to two Ethiopian medical researchers at the annual Ethiopian Medical Association Conference held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In March 2013, IFA continued its tradition of helping struggling newborns at Yekatit Hospital by donating an incubator and an infant warmer machine to the neonatal unit at the hospital. In September 2013, we proudly supported the 1st International Pan African Animal Welfare Alliance (PAAWA) Conference Held in Nairobi, Kenya. PAAWA's main mission is to work with governments and communities across the continent to promote better animal care practices and to shape animal welfare policy.
Toward the end of 2013, IFA embarked on a much-needed, exciting project to help Abune Basilios Primary School, an urban school in Addis Ababa, expand and maintain its School Health and Nutrition Program. The project remains in its infancy but IFA has already attracted international support from such organizations as the U.S.-based Well Fed World, which has been a staunch supporter of IFA in the past, and a European organization that has developed a project called Fast and Feed to support IFA's efforts to feed hungry, malnourished school children in the capital city of Addis Ababa.
We will periodically update our supporters with the progress we are making in support of the school meals program, and we welcome any support that our members can give us.
We hope that through our persistent steps forward and unshakable faith, despite seemingly insurmountable odds, our endless efforts to help others in need, whether they are of the two-legged or four-legged variety, will be rewarded. We sincerely hope that our supporters will once again stretch out their hands and support us through these trying times.
Wishing All a Happy and Prosperous 2014,
Anteneh Roba, M.D.
President and Co-Founder of International Fund for Africa