Connecting local responses around the world
The Constellation has the privilege of partnership with IIRR/CORDAID partners in Ethiopia. The focus is on integrating AIDS Competence with their community managed disaster risk reduction process. We are in the midst of the first follow-up visit, following an exposure visit to Kenya and an initial training workshop in 2009.
The first week was spent in Borana, hosted by SOS. SOS works with pastoral communities and here are some reflections from that visit:
'when you take something small and share it with others it becomes big'
'we feel confident now that we can facilitate this process with our communities'
'the dream and self-assessment are like a mirror. They help us see ourselves better, so that we can plan how to respond to those things that threaten us' - Pastoral committee member
'you have helped us to 'weigh' ourselves and see where we have strength and how to use that strength to apply to the challenges that face us' - pastoral committee member
We are now in the second implementation location, Dire Dawa.
The importance of accompaniment and support is very clear to all of us during this visit.
The determination of IIRR to integrate HIV into all of their work is really a learning ground for many other organisations.