EnDev Ethiopia handed over 25 solar systems, co-financed by Irish Aid, to social institutions in the Tigray region
18 October 2018
The new electricity supply benefits health facilities, schools and other institutions, such as the Mesanu training centre. Today, they can use various electrical devices, thus offer many more services.
11 October 2018, South East zone, Tigray. EnDev Ethiopia and Irish Aid welcomed guests and the press to the handover ceremony of 25 solar systems at the Mesanu Farmers Training Centre in Hentalo Wejerat woreda in Tigray.
Mr. Ato Asres Woldeghioris, Special Advisor to the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, Ethiopia; Mrs. Brita Wagener, Germany’s Ambassador to Ethiopia; and Mr. Patrick MacManus, Head of Development, Irish Aid Ethiopia, formally handed over the solar photovoltaic (PV) equipment to the regional Bureaus of Finance and Economic Development in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) and Tigray region. The solar energy equipment is now being used by health facilities, schools and other institutions, such as the Mesanu Farmers Training Centre, previously without access to electricity.
With electricity people benefit from quality services
At the Mesanu training centre, more than 6,000 people benefit from a better quality of training with the new electricity supply. The institutions connected can now use various electrical devices, including computers, projectors, sound systems, lights and mobile chargers. Today, the syllabus for farmers in the kebeles employs video and digital contents to train public agricultural extension workers, farmers and other community members.
The cooperation between Irish Aid, co-donor to the EnDev country project, and EnDev Ethiopia has successfully provided electricity for 55 healthcare centres, 13 schools and 3 farmers training centres, reaching more than 1.3 million people in SNNPR and Tigray. In the two regions, EnDev partners with the Bureau of Health, Bureau of Finance and Economic Development and the Mines and Energy agencies. Private local companies carried out the installations and construction work. They also received additional technical training to manage maintenance and repair of the installed systems in the future.
About Irish Aid Ethiopia
Irish Aid is the Irish government’s programme for overseas development. The programme is managed by the Development Cooperation division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The work of fighting global poverty and hunger is integral to Ireland’s foreign policy. Irish Aid Ethiopia has been in Ethiopia since 1994. Since then, it has worked with a variety of partner organisations including government institutions, UN agencies, civil society organisations, international research institutions and aid agencies to deliver on aid objectives. Irish Aid set out its objectives in the Ethiopia Country Strategy Paper 2014-2018, which is based on the commitment to reducing poverty for the most vulnerable people and communities in Ethiopia and is in line with Ireland’s international development policy and the Ethiopian government’s new development plan, the Growth and Transformation Plan. Besides providing assistance through the bilateral aid programme, Irish Aid supports the work of local and international aid agencies and missionary organisations in Ethiopia through civil society funding schemes.