Mekanissa: In an effort to walk in the path of Self-sustainability and become a self-supporting province, the AET province of Ethiopia in the East African region is becoming a stunning model as it has launched a Solar campaign in the province almost two years ago. The Solar campaign which took the shape of the “13 Months of Solar Power in Ethiopia Project” was totally funded by the ADA (Austrian Development Agency). The project included the installation of solar panels in many of the salesian centers, ‘Training of the Trainers’ program carried out in many TVET colleges of the province, Solar awareness campaign in the academic schools through leaflets and pamphlets, Symposiums and discussions held at national level on the topic of renewable energy, in addition to the solar departments opened in the four technical schools run by the Salesians in Ethiopia, namely Adwa, Mekanissa, Dilla and Gambella.
Addis Abeba: Two days of meeting was held at the Salesianum, Addis Abeba for the Rectors and Economers of AET province. The meeting was on 23 -24 January. More than 25 confreres participated in the meeting, with the exception of few confreres who could not make it due to some inconveniences. The main agenda of the meeting was to speak about the issue of self-sustainability. A discussion at length was made on the different steps that the communities have taken in regard to the self-sustainability, the resources that are available in the various communities which can help in arriving to self-sustainability. Several ideas were shared in the area of self-sustainability and ways were suggested as to how the ideas could be implemented in our houses.
Addis Abeba: on 15 and 16 November was held the meeting of the TVET Directors in the Salesianum at Addis Abeba. The meeting saw the active participation of all the representatives from the 6 Technical schools in Ethiopia, which included Adwa, Mekelle, Dilla, Gambella, Bosco Children and Bosco Children. The meeting was held in the absence of Abba Lijo Vadakken, the in charge of Youth Ministry. But in his absence, the new coordinator Mr. Alemseged took over and guided the meeting to a beautiful result.
Meki: "The Almighty has done great things for us! Holy is His name". These were the sentiments of everyone present at the Platinum jubilee of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians, commonly known as the 'Ferrando Sisters'. The event was participated by a large crowd of people who came from near and far to felicitate the sisters on the occasion of their jubilee.
Addis Abeba: On 12 January was held the first meeting of the Parish Priests for the new Scholastic Year 2017-2018. Even though the number to participate in the meeting would have been 6, due to some inconveniences three of them could not make it for the meeting and as a result there were only three parish priests, along with Abba Lijo who is the Youth Ministry Delegate.
Addis Abeba: A three days meeting of the Practical Trainees comes to a conclusion in the Salesianum, Addis Abeba. 13 Practical trainees from the various houses of the province gathered together for this annual meet. The meeting was actually scheduled for last month and had to be postponed to November due to some other appointments. The entire meetings session was conducted in an open atmosphere of sharing and cordiality, animated by rev. Fr. Chrys Saldhana.
Mekanissa: A two day seminar was organized for the teachers and supporting staff of Don Bosco Mekanissa on 12 and 13 of October. The seminar was a long awaited one as plans for it were already in the process many months ago. The seminar was conducted by Abba Samuel Abraha SDB, the director of the Don Bosco School of Soddo
Addis Abeba: A National Conference on the topic of “STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING” was organised by the PDO at the Salesianum in Addis Abeba on 13 December 2017. The conference was conducted with all the stakeholders working in this area of Human Trafficking like the Ethiopian Catholic Church, VIDES, Conferenza Episcopale Italiana (CEI). The project entitled "Humans, not slaves" was entirely sponsored by the Italian Bishops' Conference. The Salesian province of AET had been actively present in the campaign against the human trafficking for the past two years.
Addis Abeba: The law of the lever says that if an appropriate fulcrum is found, then a small force is sufficient to lift a very heavy object - so heavy that it would be impossible to lift without the lever. The sever levers of effective prevention focus on tackling the youth problems especially in the context of the European youth. The study however provides an effective tool for making a similar survey in the context of Africa and more so in Ethiopia.
Adigrat: October, the month of Rosary, was begun with a great gift of the Blessed Mother, as a son of the Northern Ethiopia, Dn. Aron was ordained a priest in the Parish of Alitena his native land on 1st of October. Dn. Aron was a student of the Theologicum at Jerusalem for the past four years. He was ordained a deacon in the summer of 2016, and had been greatly longing for this great day in his life. Even though initially it was thought to have the ordination in July, as there were two other ordination of the Lazarists from the same parish of Alitena, it was decided to be held together in the month of October.
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