We are getting encouraging pledges for the Special Technical and Vocational Education & Training and Agro-Processing Industrial Cluster Center (STVET-APICC) project. Diaspora Irobs are eager to be part of and to contribute towards development activities taking place in Irob. We got pledges from Irobs all across the world. In less than a week US$21,180.00 from USA, US$1,990.00 from Denmark, and US$740.00 from Canada have been pledged. If you have not pledged already please do so, there is no deadline. More are expected to come from North America, Middle East, Australia, Europe and more. UPDATE: As of Feb 25, 2017 a total of US$31,930 has been pledged. Stay tuned... በውጭ አገሮች የሚኖሩ የኢሮብ ተወላጆችና የኢሮብ ሕዝብ ወዳጆች በኢሮብ ወረዳ በካላዓሳ ለሚተከለው የማምረቻና የክህሎት ማሰልጠኛ ተቋም በከፍተኛ ደረጃ ለመርዳት የገንዘብ አስተውፃዖ እያደረጉ ናቸው፡፡ እስከ የካቲት 28 2017 (እአአ) በጠቅላላ $31,930.00 ለማዋጣት ቃል ገብተዋል። አሁንም ይቀጥላል።
Irob Development Association - Diaspora branch is a non-governmental, non-political, and not-for-profit organization with approved 501(C) (3) tax exempt status in the United States.
A quick summary of the STVET-APICC project IDA is partnering with other stakeholders
STVET as designed by METEC
Project Name: Special Technical and Vocational Education & Training and Agro-Processing Industrial Cluster Center (STVET-APICC)
Location: KalaAssa village, in Irob district - Eastern Tigray, Ethiopia
Project owners: IDA, METEC, ECC-SDCOAD, and Irob district administration with collaboration with Eastern Tigray zone Administration and other stakeholders read more..
A Timely Message to All Irobs
From Asgedom Berhe, secretary general of Irob Development Association (IDA)
We had a great day! Our Diaspora IDA conference call today, on 1/15/2017, was very successful. The representatives of our IDA executive body (Hawku Reda and Asgedom Berhe, chairman and secretary of IDA, respectively, were very well organized and came prepared. They have presented clear, concise, and informative updates about the progresses of IDA and its projects back home. The Q&A session was lively, productive, and educational. The participants, excited, energetic, and hopeful than ever, have pledged a total of $15,660.00 on the spot to help fund the STVET project and they have promised to do more. For majority of the benefactors, the pledge was in addition to their annual membership fee.
What made today’s event more amazing was the humble participation of our young. As you can see their names on the list (Assimba Berhe, Zebib Berhe, Yordanos Berhe, Yoel Solomon, and Maya Solomon are members of our young who were born and raised in the USA. In addition to her $ pledge, Maya has promised to collect books. Way to go our beloved youth!
When we start to fully involve our dynamic-diaspora young, IDA for sure will be prosperous and its objectives will be fulfilled.
Here is the list of individuals who have made their pledges today. It is only the beginning and much better things are yet to come.
|3||Abraha Dandish & Meazu Lemlem||$1,000.00||USA|
|4||Abraha Sebhat & Saba Aregawi||$1,000.00||USA|
|5||Abraham Tesfay & Elizabeth Seyoum||$500.00||USA|
|9||Berhe Giday and Feseha Kahsay||$1,000.00||USA|
|13||Giday Adumer & Roman Hawku||$2,000.00||USA|
|14||Girmay Gezahegn and Sophia Mengesha||$1,000.00||USA|
|18||Hagos W/Giorgis & Kassech Debesay||$1,000.00||USA|
|19||Haileselassie Berhe & Feseha Hagos||$300.00||USA|
|21||Hiluf Weldu and Letemariam||$500.00||USA|
|27||Neguse Hailu & Zebib Yakob||$500.00||USA|
|32||Seyoum Berhe & Lemlem Gebray||$500.00||USA|
|36||Tehish Giday & Solomon Medhanie||$1,000.00||USA|
|37||Tesfay Desta & Burur Hagos||$1,000.00||Denmark|
|38||Tesfay Gebray & Eden Tesfay||$500.00||USA|
|39||Tesfa Hagos & Nigisty Tesfat||$500.00||USA|
|49||Zewde Tekle & Akberet Tesfay||$1,000.00||USA|
|50||Abba Mehari Beserat||$200.00||USA|
|51||DestaAlem Kassa & Family||$500.00||Canada|
|52||Girmay Tesfay & Family||$500.00||Canada|
|53||Zewde Tesfay & Family||$300.00||Canada|
|54||Awet Alema (Int'l student)||$200.00||Canada|
|56||Yonas Hawku & Frewoini Gebru||$300.00||USA|
|57||Berhane Adumer & Abeba Gebray||$500.00||USA|
|59||Alema Giday & Bahran Gebre||$500.00||UK|
|71||Abba Tesfamariam Baraki||$1,000.00||USA|
|77||Haileselassie Weldu & Saba Hadgu||$300.00||Canada|
|78||Dr Mulugeta & Elizabeth Birru||$1,000.00||USA|
|79||Dr Nega & Hareg Birru||$1,000.00||USA|
Those of you living in North America you can deposit your pledges into Irob Development Association's bank account.
Rounting Number: 102000021
Account Numer: 103681422004
For more information or if you have any questions please contact us at 720-324-1676 or 317-427-8724.
For those of you who didn't pay your IDA annual membership fee of 2016 yet the due date is approaching. Also for those of you who are not members yet we are inviting you to become members and participate in Irob development association (IDA) so you can help our Irob community.
For USA residents please send payment to our Treasurer at:
465 Burns DR North, Westerville, OH 43082
You can pay by check or Money order payable to IDA. If there is a US Bank around your area you can also deposit in IDA account too. Our Treasurer, Fisseha Kahsay, can give you more information about the account. Please call her at 614 937 7365.
For complete contact information of other committee members please visit our web site at http://www.irobdevelopment.org/
Europe Residents: please contact Tesfay Desta and/or Alema Gidey(Dola)
Canada: Girmay Tesfay
Israel: Berhane Misgina
Australia: Adhanom Nigusse
To remind you again the Diaspora Irob membership fee is $240 for single and $300 for married couples. Since about 98% of Irobs are back home, I hope they are also doing the same as the diaspora Irobs in paying their membership fees and participating in IDA.
Today, we the Irob people are losing the most promising members of our society; our youth in search of unattainable dreams. Many of these young people are perishing at sea and in deserts. Standing with our youth in assisting them towards better economic future would alleviate the hopelessness and pragmatic road map towards becoming productive members in our own country.
The social fabric of our society seems to be coming loose, causing untold suffering within our families, as so many of our adults struggle with a destructive habits and dependency on others for their family’s economic survival.
While our church and the government is increasing the quantity of schools in Irob wereda, the quality remains at an alarming level and our children are unable to compete enough with others as they enter higher grades in the cities. In this regard, I would like to mention that the sustainability of the diocese’s educational institutions and relevant services are also facing a critical situation as the financial requirements are dramatically increased on one hand, and on the other, the resources have always been dependent on the generosity of our external partners who, since the world financial crisis, have substantially cut down their support, and leaving us in a very precarious situation.
Our language that is the corner stone of our identity needs to be supported if it is to stand the test of time and stay relevant for the future generation. New print and visual media needs to be created and those already in place must be supported to improve the quantity as well as the quality. read whole letter (must read!) ....
Today I heard about 40 young Irobs accompanied by human traffickers are travelling to Libya. The sources said they left Khartoum 4 days ago and nobody knows their fate, whether they will make it via Sahara Desert or not. Six under age Irobs are also captured by police on their way to Adwa to travel the same way. Those six are lucky for now unless they try again. I do not want to write about the details of the danger they can face because it has been said many times but what should be done to control this chain of human traffickers stretched from Irob Wereda all the way to Europe?
I would say all Irobs have to report on this human traffickers to parents, police, local militia and other authorities. If they see some body whispering to under age kids to pass them to human traffickers why are they keeping quiet? They have to inform parents, relatives and law enforcement authorities in Irob Wereda and neighboring areas. I heard no parent is sending kids, most parents and relatives are surprised by receiving phone calls from human traffickers after they kidnapped their children away from home. Some of the human traffickers are already in prison in Irob area. Please pass to every body to arrest rest of these human traffickers who are taking our young people away to harms way. No body is going to make it all the way to Europe by themselves without the traffickers.
Feb 14, 2015
Today, the committee assigned to prepare five years strategic plan for IDA is cheerful to come up with first draft document and to present it for further comments as well as suggestions. These four members of the technical committee have been working on the document with great passion freely. The committee followed scientific and modern models to assess the interests and priorities of the owner, the Irob people around the globe. In its assessment the committee used SWOT and STACKHOLDERS ANALYSIS tools for its data sources. For involvement and participation of Irobs a lot of efforts and approaches were employed. Meetings and conferences in different cities were effective in having better participation in the discussions. In three cities - Mekele, Adigrat and Dawhan - the committee had very warm and in-depth discussions with different community members on problems to be solved.
Regarding the background of participants it was really holistic. Concerned irobs, government bodies, educated and representatives from seven Irob kebeles had participated. Males and females participated equally well.
Passing through different stages and works today it is ready for your comments. So please, you Irobs, all over the world need to look at it. Don't hesitate to suggest any errors you come across. We can collect your comments from http://www.irobdevelopment.org as well as from social Medias. The technical committee is very proud of your valuable inputs and suggestions that helped to develop the strategic plan. Once again thank you all.