Haramaya Universality Receives Donation of Books, Medicine and Medical Supplies Worth Over Seven Million Birr


Haramaya University received donation of three containers of books, medicine and medical supplies worth over seven million birr from Christian Relief Services, a humanitarian organization based in USA. The donation was handed over to the University by Miss. Bethelhem Tessema, Executive Director of Christian Relief Services/Bread and Water for Africa on April 27, 2017 in Haramaya University’s Afran Kallo Hall.


On the occasion, Miss. Bethelhem noted that the mission of her organization is to promote positive change in Africa by supporting and strengthening grassroots initiatives for community self-sufficiency, health, food security and education. Accordingly, she indicated that Christian Relief Services/Bread and Water for Africa along with donor organizations such as Books for Africa and MAP International have been rendering humanitarian services in eastern Ethiopia for the last six years in collaboration with Haramaya University and reassured that they will strengthen and continue their assistance in the future. She extended her appreciation to Prof. Augustine Sesay, Prof. Kebede Woldetsadik as well as the rest of the team from Haramaya University for playing pivotal role in linking the donor organization with the recipient community.


Dr. Belaineh Legesse, Vice-president for Administrative and Students Affairs, said, “The University has a plan to create model schools in 100km radius and the donation/support will help us to create  these  intended model schools.” He thanked the Christian Relief Services and said the University acknowledges Prof. Augustine Sesay.


The donation of books included 568 boxes of different subject areas that could serve as a reference material for high schools and preparatory schools. Prior consignment of over 77,000 books by the same organization was distributed to over 100 schools in East and West Hararghe Zone of Oromia Regional State, Harari Regional State and Dire Dawa Administration.  With the current donation, schools which were not reached during the previous rounds will be addressed.

Similarly, two containers each with medicine and medical supplies were also donated. The items will be used mainly for community health services by Hiwot Fana Specialized Teaching Hospital of Haramaya University; in addition to public health institutions working closely with the College of Health and Medical Sciences.


The University management expressed its appreciation to Christian Relief Services for the humanitarian support they were rendering over the last six year. Furthermore, it was noted that the University has been and will be transparent in delivering and making sure that the supports reach the target community and look forward for continued collaboration with the organization.

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