OVC project

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The OVC project (Orphans and Vulnerable Children) is an initiative of the Adigrat Diocesan Catholic Secretariat (ADCS) of the Ethiopian Catholic Eparchy of Adigrat. The project supports young people with micro-scholarships for obtaining a university entrance qualification and at least one bachelor's degree in their own country. It is based in Adigrat, Tigray region, Ethiopia. One of the sponsored students was the AIDS orphan Rahel Hailay,[1] who completed the study of biology and zoology at the universities in Axum and Mek'ele from 2009 to 2014.[2] It is largely funded by donations collected by the Student Initiative Rahel in Germany.[3]

Student Initiative Rahel[edit]

Since 2010 additional finance aid is collected in Germany by the Student Initiative Rahel (SIR) to increase the possible number of scholarships given by the OVC project. The Student Initiative Rahel is a student project of the Institute for World Church and Mission (IWM) (German: Institut für Weltkirche und Mission) which is a part of the Sankt Georgen Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology in Frankfurt-Sachsenhausen. The project is funded mainly by current and former students at the university.[4] Due to personnel fluctuation among students at the Sankt Georgen Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology, the project has been phasing out slowly since the end of 2017. The tasks of the support are gradually taken over by the Adigrat Diocesan Catholic Secretariat (ADCS) and former graduates in Ethiopia.[5]

Realisation[edit]

Street scene in Adigrat, 2014

Both projects are connected through the support of the Pontifical Mission Societies (German: missio) in all financial matters, such as account management, the administrative costs or the transfer of money to Ethiopia. In Ethiopia the Student Initiative Rahel is supervised locally by the Adigrat Diocesan Catholic Secretariat (ADCS) of the Ethiopian Catholic Eparchy of Adigrat under the patronage of the diocesan bishop Tesfay Medhin[6] within the framework of the OVC project (Orphans and Vulnerable Children). The OVC project is active in the areas of Adigrat and other areas particularly affected by poverty. The project manager of the ADCS Woldemariam Besirat selects the scholarship holders. The nonprofit organization supports in a scholarship youths – mostly young women – in Adigrat in the north of Ethiopia, who are disadvantaged for various reasons, and accompanies them financially and ideally[4] during their studies at a university or their education. It is largely funded by donations.[3] and organizes religious education workshops on scholarship meetings with their own and external lecturers on topics such as AIDS, the consequences of emigration as refugees or on other medical or ethical issues. In addition to financial support, the promotion of self-reliance, self-confidence and self-esteem, the promotion of self-responsibility, the awareness of responsibility and the ability to work together are important aspects of the work of the OVC project.[1][7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Judith Breunig (June 2015). "Aktionen: Wie alles begann... oder: Im Anfang war ein Studientag (=How it all started ... or: In the beginning was a student's day) in: Rahel – Ein Bildungsprojekt für Adigrat – Festschrift der Studierendeninitiative – Ein Blick durch die Zeit: 2010–2015 (=Rahel – An education project for Adigrat – Festschrift of the initiative by students – A view through the years: 2010–2015)" (in German). Rahel-Bildungsprojekt (=Student Initiative Rahel) (SIR) / Institut für Weltkirche und Mission (=Institute for World Church and Christian mission) (IWM): 8–9. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ Rahel Hailay; Claudia Berg (June 2015). "Report on my life – So oft gesehen, so häufig gehört, doch wer ist Rahel wirklich? (=Report on my life – So often seen, so often heard, but who is Rachel really?) in: Rahel – Ein Bildungsprojekt für Adigrat – Festschrift der Studierendeninitiative – Ein Blick durch die Zeit: 2010–2015 (=Rahel – An education project for Adigrat – Festschrift of the initiative by students – A view through the years: 2010–2015)" (in German). Rahel-Bildungsprojekt (=Student Initiative Rahel) (SIR) / Institut für Weltkirche und Mission (=Institute for World Church and Christian mission) (IWM): 31–33. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ a b Stefanie Matulla (June 2015). "Aktionen: Wo kommt das Geld eigentlich her? (=Actions: Where does the money come from?) in: Rahel – Ein Bildungsprojekt für Adigrat – Festschrift der Studierendeninitiative – Ein Blick durch die Zeit: 2010–2015 (=Rahel – An education project for Adigrat – Festschrift of the initiative by students – A view through the years: 2010–2015)" (in German). Rahel-Bildungsprojekt (=Student Initiative Rahel) (SIR) / Institut für Weltkirche und Mission (=Institute for World Church and Christian mission) (IWM): 10–11. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ a b Judith Breunig; Madeleine Helbig; Claudia Berg; Stefanie Matulla; Magdalena Strauch; Marita Wagner; Benedikt Winkler (June 2015). "Rahel – Ein Bildungsprojekt für Adigrat – Festschrift der Studierendeninitiative – Ein Blick durch die Zeit: 2010–2015 (=Rahel – An education project for Adigrat – Festschrift of the initiative by students – A view through the years: 2010–2015)" (in German). Rahel-Bildungsprojekt (=Student Initiative Rahel) (SIR) / Institut für Weltkirche und Mission (=Institute for World Church and Mission) (IWM). Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ Rahel-Team (15 November 2017). "Brief an Spender(=Letter to donors)," (PDF) (in German). Rahel-Bildungsprojekt (=Student Initiative Rahel) (SIR) / Institut für Weltkirche und Mission (=Institute for World Church and Christian mission) (IWM). Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  6. ^ Marita Wagner (June 2015). "Die 3. Reise nach Äthiopien (=The third trip to Etiopia) in: Rahel – Ein Bildungsprojekt für Adigrat – Festschrift der Studierendeninitiative – Ein Blick durch die Zeit: 2010–2015 (=Rahel – An education project for Adigrat – Festschrift of the initiative by students – A view through the years: 2010–2015)" (in German). Rahel-Bildungsprojekt (=Student Initiative Rahel) (SIR) / Institut für Weltkirche und Mission (=Institute for World Church and Christian mission) (IWM): 34–37. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ Judith Breunig (June 2015). "Wie kommt das Geld nach Adigrat? – missio, unser Freund und Helfer (=How does the money come to Adigrat? – missio, our friend and helper) in: Rahel – Ein Bildungsprojekt für Adigrat – Festschrift der Studierendeninitiative – Ein Blick durch die Zeit: 2010–2015 (=Rahel – An education project for Adigrat – Festschrift of the initiative by students – A view through the years: 2010–2015)" (in German). Rahel-Bildungsprojekt (=Student Initiative Rahel) (SIR) / Institut für Weltkirche und Mission (=Institute for World Church and Christian mission) (IWM): 12–13. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

Literature[edit]

  • Judith Breunig, Madeleine Helbig, Claudia Berg, Stefanie Matulla, Magdalena Strauch, Marita Wagner, Benedikt Winkler (June 2015), Rahel – Ein Bildungsprojekt für Adigrat – Festschrift der Studierendeninitiative – Ein Blick durch die Zeit: 2010–2015 (in German), Frankfurt: Institut für Weltkirche und MissionCS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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