Ethiopian Orthodox Church Development and Inter-church Aid Commission (EOC/DICAC)
(EOC/DICAC) was established as a development wing of the church by a legal notice in 1972. Since its establishment, it has performed emergency relief, rehabilitation, development, refugees & returnees support, and HIV/AIDS prevention and control activities.
As one of the ancient churches, EOC is a founding member of the World Council of Churches (WCC), the all-African Conference of Churches (ACC), Joint Relief Partnership (JRP), Christian Relief and Development Association (CRDA) and has good relations with other faith based organizations and various humanitarian institutions both abroad and in the country.
As we all know, the church is truly broad-based. It has over 40 million followers, half a million clergies in 40,000 churches and monasteries, and about 6.5 million registered Sunday school youth. One can find a church in every district including remote and inaccessible locations throughout the country North, South, East and West. The clergies are highly integrated within the communities and their moral integrity and acceptability over the laity has a strong foothold in the Ethiopian society.
Development Program Focus
DICAC is committed to contribute to the goal of poverty reduction with a primary focus on vulnerable groups of the community and prevention and control of HIV/AIDS and capacity building to carry out development and quality social service delivery. In consultation with its partners, DICAC has adopted a holistic approach focusing on community empowerment for sustainable development.
In order to attain food security at house hold level, DICAC employs different objectives such as:
- Improving agricultural production and productivity.
- Improving agricultural production and productivity
- Environmental protection and conservation
- increasing the income level of vulnerable household
- Improving family health and nutritional status of children and women
- Capacity building of staff and communities
- Introducing appropriate practices and technologies
- Provide emergency relief to affected communities
- Post disaster rehabilitation of communities
Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion
Most of the communities living in the rural areas of the country lack access to potable water. Thissituationcoupleswithinadequatesanitationfacilitiesandpoorlevelofcommunity aware- ness on hygiene affected the health condition of the communities. Moreover, women and children used to travel long distance to fetch unclean water. This has been affecting the daily routine household activities including taking care of children by women and school attendance of the children.
To improve the shortage of potable water supply, DICAC in collaboration with its funding partners has been implementing WASH projects in different parts of the country with the following objectives.-
Health and Social Affair Program
EOC-DICAC has been on the front line in the battle against the HIV and AIDS pandemic since the disease was first identified and integrated prevention started in the county. HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Department was undertaking the prevention and control activity across the country. The major part of the organization in preventing and control- ling HIV/AIDS has been focusing on an extensive awareness campaign, providing both information and education about HIV and AIDS and emphasizing the power of the spiritual and moral values of the faith in inspiring behaviors that will prevent the spread of the disease.
Refugee and Returnees Affair Program
The Ethiopian Orthodox began its apostolic mission of helping refugees in 1965 by forming an ad hock committee. In 1965, Refugee Counseling Service was formed by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, UNHCR, the World Council of Churches (WCC), and the International University exchange Fund to address the demand of South Sudanese Refugees in Western Ethiopia. The later established in 1971 following the agreement among United Nations high Commission for Refugees and the International University Exchange Fund, the World Council of Churches and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Currently, the Department under the auspices of DICAC are at the forefront to support refugees and returnees.
The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church-Development and Inter-Church Aid Commission (EOTC-DICAC) finalized potable water, environmental protection, hygiene and sanitation as well as capacity building project implemented in Kedida Gamila Wereda of Kembata Tembaro Zone with an outlay of over 22 million Birr. The projects benefits over 41,000 people in 12 Kebeles of Kedida Gemila and Denboya Weredas .
Learn More at http://www.eotcdicac.org/index.php/en/