Programs Partners

Packard & Lucile Foundation

  • Background
  • The role of Reproductive Health
  • Successes
  • In School and Out of School Activities
  • Some Outcomes of the Intervention
  • Strengthened Youth Centers
  • Impacts of Book donations by CCRDA/Packard Foundation Programme

Background

CCRDA has entered a second phase grant agreement of USD 1.1 million for 3 years (September 2008 – October 2011) with the David & Lucile Packard Foundation in September 2008, to implement an integrated PHE programme. The overall goal of the programme is to improve IPHE  (an integrated Population, Health and Environment) knowledge, skills and practices of young people in  Southern Region of Ethiopia.

Nine implementing partners are selected to implement in six zones namely Wolayta, Guraghe, Siliti, Hadaya and Kembatta Alaba Tambaro Zones in selected 12 rural Woreda and 43 Kebeles for their intervention to benefit over 1 million people, adolescents, youth and vulnerable women directly and indirectly.

The role of Reproductive Health

The evidence indicates that rapid population growth characterized by high fertility in least developed countries like Ethiopia which has implications for the attainment of the MDGs in these countries. Programmatic responses in these circumstances is therefore a key intervention to address the causes as well as consequences of population growth by reducing the burden due to high fertility, unplanned fertility, complications of pregnancies and childbirth, and sexually transmitted infections including HIV including environmental related issues such as massive deforestation, land degradation, water and sanitation. Therefore CCRDA/Packard IPHE Programme is a school based programme, targeting to improve IPHE knowledge and to change toward an increase in attitudes favorable to risk reduction

Successes

In School and Out of School Activities

Awareness level of the target population particularly in school and out of school club members towards IPHE issues has increased through continuous awareness raising sessions and thereby club members teaching others in their contact.

In school clubs and their members played pivotal role in family dialogue on ARH awareness & dialogue

CCE is instrumental approaches to bring various groups together to raise issues

Target groups think about the importance of tree species (indigenous and fruit for nutritional value and soil health

In-school clubs started developing their own in-school nurseries and planted fruit bearing trees like avocado, mango and vegetables.

Selected degraded land is being rehabilitated jointly by Active Forester Farmer club and out of School Girls Club in Silitie Alkeso Kebele

Some outcomes of the intervention so far are:

  • PHE relieved the club leader teachers and allowed them to focus on academic affairs because they no longer have three or four clubs as they are Integrated Population, Health and Environmental (IPHE) clubs and teachers facilitate in rotation
  • Reduced menstruation rated stigma and improved school attendance of female students.
  • Boys started joining girls’ clubs, which created additional value for girls’ club activities and parental discussion on taboo issues like sexuality and sexual rights
  • Incidences of gender based violence appear to have decreased due to vigilant group movement in and around schools after formation of girls clubs
  • Improved Parent –child communication, resulted in parents asking kids about life and encouraging education and understanding its value
  • Improved hygiene and sanitation as improved habits of washing hands after going to the toile in project areas
  • Raising/diversifying a household’s income appear to be changing traditional attitudes towards women and their role in the household and community
  • Improved the working relationships among all of the actors involved including the implantation organization
  • Existing integration and partnership with all of the actors creating cost efficiencies as shared resources and costs to implement integrated programmes
  • School administrations and club leaders report to justice system when abduction to schooling girls occurs.

Strengthened Youth Centers

IPHE programme is highly contributive to enhance governments’ initiatives on youth programmes. Existing Youth friendly centre have been also supported with local government’s involvements and leadership and constructed school library and Youth Center as well. New sites were also assigned for future expansion as IPHE became popular

Schishicho Youth Center, under construction supported byTown Council, local investors and community contribution

Impacts of book donations by CCRDA/Packard Foundation Programme

The books donation by the Packard Foundation contributed a lot to improvement of the schools to preparatory level and motivated the government to purchase additional books, shelves, tables and chairs and constructed new school library. It also created opportunities for civil servants that are attending distance education and summer courses in local colleges. It created demand for pertinent books for students taking national exams.

New library constructed with support of Zone Administrator.