Mekanisa is an urban district located in the capital city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The neighbourhood is mixed in ethnicity and socio-economics. Ethiopia is home to many diverse challenges, however with regards to this project proposal the changes in climate and existing environmental stress are of great concern. People in this area regularly face water and electrical shortages and outages - despite it being urban and connected to the national network. There are rolling blackouts of electricity throughout the country.
Bahir Dar is a major city in the northwest of Ethiopia, with a population of about 300 000. It is situated on the southern shore of Lake Tana, the largest lake in the country. The area was described by the Portuguese of the 15th/16th centuries as the original Garden of Eden. It is a university town with a senior educational enrolment surpassing 45 000.
ICO is currently working with partner and community members in Ethiopia to implement an HIV/AIDS education and prevention program. The Initiative is based at Gish Abay Elementary School and serves a disadvantaged neighbourhood in Bahir Dar. Our goal is to increase awareness and understanding of HIV and to improve local health practices to allow the community to be healthier. Supporting the implementation of this Initiative is the local Roteract Club, community members, school administrators and Logan Cochrane, an ICO representative.