Eleven non-governmental organizations were awarded by the Christian Relief and Development Association (CCRDA) for outstanding contributions in the general development of Ethiopia as well as interventions in HIV/AIDS prevention.
Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen attended the event where the best practices of the eleven NGOs were presented in video format.
The awardees in general development are: Bio-economy Africa (BEA), Self-Help Africa (SHA), Water Action, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), Agri-service Ethiopia (ASE) and Action Aid. Three of the NGOs, Water Action, BEA, and ASE were started in Ethiopia between 1969 and 2010 by Ethiopians.
The remaining NGOs which work on HIV AIDS prevention and impact mitigation are all Ethiopian foundations. Except for Hiwot Integrated Development Association (HIDA) they are all faith based foundations.
Two are the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church (EOTC), and Ethiopian Guenet Church & Welfare Organization representing the Orthodox sect. The remaining are Adigrat Diocese Catholic Secretariat and the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus of the protestant persuasion.
The eleven winning NGOs were given trophies by the deputy prime minister while the runners up were awarded certificates by Meseret G/mariam, director general of the charities and societies agency.
During the previous ceremony, the winning NGOs included World Vision-Ethiopia,l Tiret Community Empowerment Association and Jerusalem Children and Community Development Organization (JeCCDO). Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn gave out the trophies at that time.