RPCV Legacy Program - an activity of E&E RPCVs

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7.26.2007
1.3.2007

7.26.2007
Because of a lack of information concerning developments in the Legacy Project with our partner CHAD-ET in the spring of 2007, we asked Professor Alice K. Johnson Butterfield to meet with the staff of CHAD-ET during one of her frequent trips to Ethiopia. She teaches at the Jane Addams College of Social Work of the University of Illinois at Chicago and at the Addis Ababa University, Graduate School of Social Work, of which she is a co-founder. We are grateful to her for her voluntary professional assistance. — John Kulczycki, Managing Champion

Follow-up Report on Chad-Et Legacy Project

Chad-Et staff in attendance:
Mr. Alemu Hailu, Chad-Et Program Director
Mr. Henok Bizuayehu
Ms. Fantu – Counselor
Mr. Elias – Community Worker

Evaluation Purpose:
Alice K. Johnson Butterfield, PhD, MSW visited the Chad-Et office in the Merkato area of Addis Ababa on July 6, 2007. The purpose of the visit was to discuss the need for improvement in performance and communication related to the E&E RPCV Legacy Project. Dr. Butterfield was asked to discuss Chad-Et’s lack of response over the past 5 months to specific questions and the lack of updates on the progress in implementing the E&E RPCV Legacy Project to-date.

Explanation for Lack of Communication and Reports:
1) Yodit, the Chad-Et worker overseeing the Legacy Project left the organization. This resulted in a gap.
2) Chad-Et managed the program during the first year without funds for administration. This situation has since been changed now that funds are available from the Legacy Project to cover administrative costs. Funds for managing the Legacy Project are much appreciated. Originally, it was thought that the Legacy Project may be a one-time effort. Chad-Et is now pleased that there is an ongoing commitment and funds for continuing the project.
3) The past year, it was difficult to have time for communication about the Legacy Project. Staff were very busy with an opportunity to submit a major proposal for core administrative funds to Comic Relief. However, this proposal required major strategic planning for the whole organization. This was very time-consuming.
4) Chad-Et apologized for the lack of communication with Legacy Project organizers, John Kulczycki and Scott Morgan. It was a mistake not to communicate.

Program Description beginning June 2007:
1) Henok Bizuayehu, who is in charge of Chad-Et’s Prevention of Sexual Exploitation program, will also manage and supervise staff working in the Legacy Project. Henok will set up a management system for the Legacy Project. This will include a description of the overall program of work with Legacy-sponsored trainees, case management files and processes, and a reporting and evaluation system. A report describing the management system for the Legacy Project will be shared with John Kulczycki and Scott Morgan.
2) Ms. Fantu, a counselor at Chad-Et will be working with the trainees in individual and group counseling. Chad-Et wants the trainees to attend weekly group counseling sessions. Mr. Elias, a community worker at Chad-Et will do routine follow-up with the girls in training. His work will include visits to training sites and internship locations, as well as communication with individual trainees on their progress, attendance, and so on. Case file notes will include summary statements of trainee attendance, progress, challenges, successes, and so on.
3) It was agreed that a set schedule of quarterly program reports should be written and sent in the future. The first quarterly report is scheduled to be received by E&ERPCV Legacy Project leaders, John Kulczycki and Scott Morgan in July 2007.
4) Henok Bizuayehu will meet with the young women who received personal messages from the high school youth in the USA who are supporting the Legacy Project. He will communicate the email messages of well-wishes that have been sent to two of the young women interns, and work with them to translate their responses. This communication will be sent to John Kulczycki so that the communication can be shared with the high school youth in the USA.

Summary:
It was agreed that there must be an improvement in performance and communication. Guidelines for the development of a management and accountability system and quarterly progress reports were set up. It is expected that CHAD-ET will continue to implement the Legacy Project according to these reporting and accountability guidelines.

Alice K. Johnson Butterfield, PhD, MSW
Evaluator
E&E RPCV Legacy Project

1.3.2007

Personal Impressions from a Visit to CHAD-ET
by Claire Pied-Hailu, Ethi 4, (Debre Zeit, Addis Ababa 64–66)

On Jan 3, 2007 we met Ato Alemu, CHAD-ET Program Director, at a café in the Mercato. He took us to the CHAD-ET Mercato office. There we met Yodit, coordinator of programs and Elias, the community worker. Students from the different phases of the program were present to greet me and discuss the Legacy Program. Ato Alemu introduced them. There were approximately four girls from the food preparation and eight from the cosmetology programs and one male from the mechanic training program. The students were poor as judged from their attire and demeanor. They were timid and non-venturing. They were all struggling with misfortune in their personal lives and trying to get skills as a way of breaking the poverty cycle.

The girls from the food preparation program had studied sanitation, baking and preparation of basic food dishes from popular foreign cuisine. They were placed in hotels for an internship program to reinforce their skills and productivity. They seemed to be moving along with future employment possibilities depending on their personal initiative and confidence.

The girls in the cosmetology program seem to have the most difficulty. There was one student who was more outspoken and offered insight into their problems. There is lots of stratification in the fashion world. In order to make it big, an individual must have an outgoing personality. She or he must be full of confidence, creativity and have good marketing skills. Coming from a background of dire poverty puts these students at a competitive disadvantage. They also face big initial investment costs to get their business started.

Even if placed in an upscale beauty shop, the CHAD-ET girls face competition from Ethiopian girls who come from families who are at an economic advantage — they are girls who did not succeed in getting into the university but have the advantage of being supported by relatives who have money and clout, and who helped these advantaged girls get an internship through personal contact with an established salon.

The privileged girls are higher in the pecking order than the poor girls from the CHAD-ET program who don’t know how to assert themselves and thus become subservient and are ridiculed by the salon employees and the interns from private clientele and friends.

The young man in the mechanics  training program already had enough skills for working. Earning money with his skills does not require a major expense. He was already employed and could do side jobs on client property. Eventually, he has the prospect of opening a shop of his own.  With business and good marketing skills, success could motivate him to do very well.

Personal reflections:
Although it is possible with initiative and encouragement that a group of CHAD-ET graduates in cosmetology could start their own business venture, there are many obstacles to overcome. If successful, they could offer other CHAD-ET  graduates internships and encourage them to overcome their handicaps due to poverty. I would encourage such a venture, with guidance to help them succeed. The food preparation and mechanic programs seem to have more promise for getting jobs more easily.

Claire Pied-Hailu


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