Rotary Clubs in Ethiopia celebrate the historic land mark of the 100th Anniversary
TRF is Rotary International’s arm with sole objective ofsupporting Rotarians doing good in the world. It funds humanitarian projects they create to address problems of communities in the areas of mother and child health care, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, basic education and literacy, community economic empowerment and conflict prevention and resolution.TRF invests between 150 and 200 million US Dollars in these annually around the world.
On average, our district 9212, (comprising of Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya and South Sudan) receives the fourth largest at about 10 to 15 million Dollars yearly. At this point in time, with about Birr 100 to 150 million in approved and/or projects under implementation by Rotarians in cooperation with their partners in the country including polio eradication efforts, our country also receives an appreciable amount of this huge support.
The celebration of TRF’s Centennial in Ethiopia is aligned to overlap with the scheduled annual strategic meeting of Rotary International’s regional leaders for Sub-Saharan Africa, 20 of whom are today with us on this historic occasion. The opportunity also offers us to recognize two Ethiopian’s who have tirelessly been supporting Rotarians, (and TRF) intheir humanitarian activities in the country. One is former minister of Public Health and later minister of Foreign Affairs of the FDRE, Dr Tedros Adhanom Gebre Yesus, leading the Government’s partnership with Rotary. We are honoured our D9212 has endorsed this recognition to confer on Dr Tedros the Paul Harris Fellow award. Similarly, Rotarian Dr Tadesse Alemu has been providing selfless services beyond call of duty as a Rotarian coordinating and leading TRF’s work in Ethiopia for nearly two decades. He receives the Paul Harris Fellow award for this outstanding contribution.
We would like to thank the distinguished dignitaries, notably HE Ato Girma Wolde Giorgis, former President of the FDRE, ministers, vice ministers, directors and ambassadors who have kindly joined us today in this auspicious occasion. We are also immensely grateful to Ethiopia’s world class pianist, Girma Yifrashewa, and the team of Yetnebersh Nigussie, Ferddie Canlas and Together! who gave the event an added amusement in their cheering performances that we are sure everybody enjoyed.