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AWSAD Selected as a Beneficiary of the 2017 Ethiopian Great Run

Maria Munir and another AWSAD staff member at the launching ceremony of Great Ethiopian Run’s ‘Running for a Cause’

AWSAD was selected by the Federal Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs to be one of the 4 charity organizations to benefit from the 2017 Great Ethiopian Run (GER).

The GER is the biggest mass-participation road race in Ethiopia staging running events since 2001. Because of GER, Addis Ababa has come to be considered one of the running capitals of the world and a total of 44,000 participants are going to take part in this 17th edition, which is a number increased by 2000 from last year’s run. In this year’s fund-raising component – called ‘Run for a cause,’ the GER has identified four local charity organizations working on elderly persons, women and children to benefit from the financial proceeds.

The four organizations are the Association for Women’s Sanctuary and Development; Eneredada Elder People’s Association; Oromia Region Children Care Association; and Elshadai Relief and Development Association.

This initiative is expected to raise funds close to 1.6 million ETB. The four organizations have selected ambassadors to represent their organizations at the publicity appearances of the Run and AWSAD is represented by Maria Munir, the Executive Director.

The forthcoming fund will be allocated to aiding AWSAD’s usual activities in the rehabilitation and reintegration of women and girl survivors of violence.

Hairdressing Course Completion Ceremony

13 residents of AWSAD graduated from a hair dressing course on November 1 which they had been attending for 6 months. The residents, aged 14 – 20 had been attending sessions on hair styling, make up and nail care.

Rufael Kebe, the course instructor is a former resident and trainee of the hair dressing course at AWSAD. “The trainees in this round were good students,” she says, “they were very receptive of the lessons.”

The graduating ceremony was attended by family and friends of the residents, AWSAD staff, donor representatives and police officers who work with AWSAD.

The next course of action for the trainees is to go on apprenticeship in hair salons for 15 days and find jobs provided that they are in a position where they can leave AWSAD.

AWSAD significantly establish it`s fourth safe house in southern region of Ethiopia, Hawassa city