The delegates “discussed the impacts of developmental, emergency, education, health and other areas of services delivered by the Ethiopian Catholic Church throughout Ethiopia by the generous support of CRS,” the report shared with ACI Africa indicates.
How the “long lasting family” relationship between the Church in Ethiopia and CRS could be strengthened and made effective was also discussed, the report further indicates.
The report quotes the Deputy Secretary General of Ethiopian Catholic Social Development Commission saying, the “partnership between CRS and Ethiopian Catholic Church is a family and fraternal relationship.”
“The long-standing and multi-dimensional solidarity with the local church leadership resulted in good coverage of programs in the Catholic Jurisdictions,” Ato Bekele Moges says in the June 24 report.
Mr. Moges acknowledges the efforts of CRS in attending to the needs of the Church and says that the people of God in the Horn of Africa nation appreciate what the U.S. Catholic charity is doing for their well-being.
“The areas of cooperation with CRS are Humanitarian, Social Development, Peace building, institutional capacity building, child protection and safeguarding,” the Catholic Church official is quoted as saying.
He adds that the highlighted areas of cooperation have contributed to “A growing trend reaching a large number of beneficiaries, long standing interventions, increasing volume of resources in agriculture, health, nutrition, and microfinance and water security.”
In the report, Mr. Moges says that some of the achievements realized from the CBCE-CRS partnerships include “saving millions of lives, through the humanitarian responses recovery program every year, sustainable improvement of livelihoods of rural communities and asset building, protecting and improving natural resources through soil and water conservation and natural resource management.”
“The priorities in the future cooperation will be standardization and modernization of financial, HRM Property management systems and ICT infrastructures,” he is further quoted as saying, adding, “Inclusion of additional dioceses in CRS programs based on needs will also be focused on.”
During the June 20 joint meeting, the Country representative of CRS in Ethiopia is said to have presented an overview of the U.S. charity programs in the Horn of Africa nation, saying, the various initiatives undertaken last year benefited 10.8 million people.