We have been trained and we have joined together to find common solutions
“Orphans and vulnerable children are performing much better. Us too – we’ve all been trained and thus have had our capacities enhanced. We are chairing an orphans and vulnerable children task force at local level. We check the screening of the children. We also lead all the activities for women, children and youth, in addition to following the children from screening to follow-up. The techni-cal support has helped us shoulder this duty.
We never experienced a project that focussed mainly on stigma, and especially not on stigma targeting children. It has provided us with opportu-nities to come together, to review and to do evaluations together to find joint solutions in Debre Markos. That wouldn’t have happened had it not SENSE. It filled a gap and created synergy. We have to reach consensus and we learn from each other – inter town and intra town.
We aren’t saying that there was no cooperation before, but the project has made us cooperate in a more organised manner. It has also enabled compatibility from grass root level to national level. We now work in coalition with civil society organisations. SENSE has created an integrated system, which we are part of.”
But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful.
Debre Markos City Administrator,
Child Rights and Protection Coordinator and
Vice Head, Women,
Youth and Children’s Office, Debre Markos