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Social Media, Committed Citizens and Irob Fund:Communiqué from ISESP Committee-Nov 2011
After we have posted the news of proposedfund raising dinner thatis slated for December 31st  2011,  many of you have raised some valid questionsregarding the status of the program and its legitimacy. It isevident more informationis required on theIrob Scholarship and Educational Support Program (ISESP) and this communiquéis issued to answer just that.What is this all about?

Goron group junior volunteer cadres are committed to social accountability and here is what is achieved so far. But first, for starters let us answer some important questions (in fact three) that may be troubling you all the way. “What is this new round of initiative different from others and why would I give my hard earned money and how would I trust you?”  Since trusting too much these days is unsafe and those who verify before they trust are wise, let us try to convince you that one initiative is different, it is achievable, it’s an idea whose time has come and those on driver’s seat are people of unquestionable integrity and sense of service to the community. Those of you hell-bent on not getting convinced before we make our case, please leave the room. (lol).

Here we go: there are different groups and names like Goron and others that have emerged in the front of Irob related initiatives. One such initiative that we want to bring to your heart is – Irob Scholarship and Education Support Program. Its objective is not entirely new (except new media is being utilized for social change) as such since many other initiatives have also been concerned with wellbeing of Irob from this or that dimension. The program is about the wellbeing of Irob people through educational opportunities and support – arguably the most reliable and sustainable way of transforming the situation of our people. The program operates under Irob Development Association. This was decided because at this point in time there appeared several small groups with several names in the name of Irob and adding another one to the list in the name of small group of people would seem too much, at least in our view. Therefore, this program abandoned the idea of standing on its own with its legal personality and we went for merging it to IDA with necessary autonomy as it enjoys all the privileges it can get from IDA as far as the basic vision and missions are complementary to each other.

Vision:  The Scholarship and Educational support program (ISESP) aims to empower Irob minority students by supporting their educational efforts though scholarship opportunities. It seeks to make education accessible to academically qualified but financially needy students by providing them financial assistance. Further, it hopes to train and nurture these young men & women to be future leaders of the nation.

Mission: The Irob Scholarship and Educational support program ( ISESP) has a mission to provide disadvantaged students in Irob woreda, and their schools, with support and educational resources so that they may improve their communities and break the cycle of poverty in the region.

Objective: Aims to support Schools in Irob woreda and to provide scholarship opportunities to academically qualified, those who demonstrate leadership qualities but financially needy Irob students by providing them financial assistance.

This program has working guidelines  and it has principles and maximum possible procedures to ensure impartiality and equal opportunity for Irob students as long as they satisfy the requirements and resources are available. Our target for this year is five hundred thousand birr (500,000.00). We understand this is an ambitious plan but with the support of every one of you it is not something unachievable.

Achievements So far

Committee Appointed: The program operates under IDA legally but it has its own stirring committee fully authorized and appointed officially by IDA board director and the committee is constituted of the following: Hulluf Weldesilassie, Program coordinator; Ziade Hailu, Addis Ababa representative; Alema Gidey, Europe Representative; Daniel Aduma, Canada & Australia representative; Kahsay Debesu, Assistant Coordinator/Mekelle; Hagos Gebray, USA representative. You are cordially requested to collaborate with these volunteers for a noble purpose of saving a generation and overcoming poverty through education.

Bank Account opened: There are officially appointed Irob individuals to facilitate the actual operation of the program locally – in Adigrat. The local committee is composed of: Hulluf Weldesilassie, Kahsay Debesu, Kassa Zigta Mekonen Bulad .  

The above four with a letter from the IDA board director, had opened a bank account for the program. They shall transact the financial issues or activities of this program. These are individual who we believe are sincerely committed to Irob cause and they shall ensure that all the money is used properly. They will also organize and manage the fundraising occasions locally. The cooperation and support of everyone is requested here too. When you do your contributions please write your full names for record purposes and issuance of some acknowledgement documents.

Committee Established: The scholarship awarding committee is set up, with an understanding to operate under the general guidelines of the ISESP for selection criteria. Educational achievements and leadership qualities are given prominence for selection. Individuals with academic excellence and keen eyes for spotting talent are nominated.

Proposal Developed: Formal project proposal is developed for first round of beneficiary students to solicit funds and anybody interested to have the document and search for funds is welcome.

Fund raising: Local Fund raising dinner is arranged at the end of December in Addis Ababa to raise some money and introduce the program to stakeholders. The practice will replicate in other towns and cities as well.

On the need to establish Advisory board: Since this initiative is being run on the bases of volunteerism, more willing souls are required to join the cause to act as advisory board. (The most senior, senior cadres please stand up!) Inputs are still solicited from all of you on innovative ways of running the fund and on its sustainability strategy. You shall be appointed as Advisory board. Thanks to the new media geography is irrelevant; your hearts are what matters.

That is why we “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world:  indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”.

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February 14, 2012

ISESP USA activities – Part 3

Dear Irobs,

As always, it is my wish that all is good and well with each one of you.  In the USA, we continue to show progress, granted slowly but surely.  A lot needs to be done, both at home and abroad, to take Irob Scholarship and Education Support Program (ISESP) to the next level but we will get there. We need to have patience and give it a time. As its reputation and its foundation strengthen, there will be more participation. We are already seeing the progress. ISESP is not going to be perfect, it will not solve all of our peoples’ problems, but it will play a positive role by starting to help one student at a time. Its horizons will expand steadily and its potentials are unlimited. That in mind, ISESP will go forward, mistakes will be made along the way, and we will learn from the mistakes and tweak them to the right direction. If we are committed to it, ISESP’s success is within our reach, but miracles won’t happen by being a bystander. To many of us, action of any kind is better than inaction. Opinions and ideas are welcome, for they are imperative ingredients to a long-term success. ISESP committee members are receptive to all constructive criticisms and new ideas. That is how they will be able to close any gaps.  However, we also need to be mindful and cannot expect them to be the sole responsible bodies of everything. Along with our brilliant ideas, we also expected to be generous and willing to contribute financially if we really mean what we say. Money is not everything, and yet we all know that what ISESP is trying to accomplish requires money. Let us be in it together!

To this regard, my heartfelt admiration goes to all individuals who have been generous enough to entrust the committee with their hard earned money. Their actions prove their commitment. Nothing is too small; it all counts and without a doubt will make a difference. It does not mean that these souls don’t have concerns; but they know that they must act. They believe that the potential benefits of ISESP outweigh any presumed concerns. It is healthy to raise valid concerns, but we have to learn to act simultaneously; voice our concerns and be part of the solution. Let us be people of action!

The committee members are expected to do everything humanly possible to be transparent and unbiased. They do have a heavy burden on their shoulders; yes, a lot is expected of them. They are expected to proactively identify the core issues of our young; they need to be ready to address any questions or concerns about ISESP. The working guidelines are to be thoroughly followed and enhanced with time.  For ISESP to meet its objectives, faithful stewardship of resources is a must. In short, they must show results with measurable progress. I believe our volunteer committee members are committed to assure all of that. I appreciate and trust their unreserved commitment. Very soon, we will have data to benchmark their achievements with what is expected of them. Indeed, ISESP has no option but to succeed. Volunteering is not any easy task!

Participation of ISESP is of course voluntary; but let us sit back for a minute and try to answer this question. “If it is not me, who is going to bother to tackle Irob issues and bring about desired solutions?” To many of us, the solution lies within Irobs. When we put our collective minds to it, the potential to make a visible impact is unlimited.  We really don’t have any other option but unite!

It was with this understanding that ISESP was born. Many Irobs around the globe promptly responded with their generosity during the last two months of 2011. An improved and collective involvement is expected for this year.  To that regard, we have the first of 2012 benefactors from the USA who pledged to do more as their comfort level grows.

Below is the list of our first round of 2012 supporters.

  1. Berhe Gidey…………….…………………..…..$100
  2. Feseha Kahsay …………………………..…….$100
  3. Abraha Hailu (Dandis)……………….….….$100
  4. Abeba Fesuh ……………………………………$100
  5. Misghina Kahsay…………….…………………$ 50
  6. Haileselasie Berhe……………………………..$100
  7. Tesfalidet Beserat…………………………….$100
  8. Fesehaye Seyoum…………….…………..…$100
  9. Girmay Kahsay……………………………….$100
  10. Yonas Hawku……………………………..…..$100
  11. Endrias Hawku…………………………….…$100
  12. Abraham Tesfay……………………………..$100
  13. Giday Adumer & Roman Hawku……….$300
  14. Dori Fesuh………………………………………$100
  15. Abraha Sebhat…………………………..……$100
  16. 16.  IRROB.Org…………………….…….. $3,000

Totals ……..…………………………………$4,650


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