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Celebration of World Rivers Day in Addis Ababa Sets the Stage for Adopting the Rivers and Peace Building

This article was first published in The Timeline.


By PP Sharon Ashton


In Rotary, we know through our partnership with the Institute for Economics and Peace and their Positive Peace Ambassador Program that Peace is a product of resilient and strong communities and building a bond between people and their neighborhoods. Global Grant (2119013) for peacebuilding has targeted the youth as positive agents of change and the environment –uniting people while connecting them with nature and a common goal. This Global Grant for Peace Building is a joint project of RCs Addis Ababa West, Central Mella, and Entoto.

We are also fortunate to have a Consortium of five Rotary Clubs with the Green Rotaract Concept in Ethiopia participating in the D9212/UNEP Adopt a River Program. This consortium includes RCs Addis Ababa: Central Mella, West, Bole, Sheger, East and Green Rotaract Concept.

The Committees from Peace and Adopt a River have integrated the projects to leverage funding and human resources, harness the energy of both, and maximize our impact and visibility. We intend to continue building this combined program to make a bigger impact on the rivers in Ethiopia and on Peace.

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