"Hi Sister Ijahnya,
Let me first congratulate you on your interest to have close relationship with sisters and brothers in the horn of africa region, particularly Ethiopia. I trust you will find us helpfull and won't regret your planned visit to…"
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My background is in Social Work, Education and Environmental Management. I am learning how to integrate these three areas of work into a Sustainable Development Consultancy that I am creating. I do very much volunteer work in the area of Institutional Strengthening with the Caribbean Rastafari Organisation and with the Empress of Zion Inc.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
The Caribbean Region. We are seeking to build capacities within the Rastafari communities in South Africa, Botswana, and Ghana with Ethiopia as a prospect.
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
I live in Anguilla in the Easern Caribbean but will be relocating to Ethiopia before the end of the year.
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
I do short term consultancies in research, documentation and training. In between consultancies I am a freelance writer.
How many years professional experience do you have ?
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Civil Society, Conflict Resolution, Culture, Education, Environment, Facilitation, Organizational Development
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Advocacy, Budgeting, Capacity Building, Fundraising, Program Design, Research, Qualitative Skills, Training
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
2010 - Desk research for a book chapter on Island Songs (in progress)
2009-2010 Attitude and Perception Study on Child Sexual Abuse in the Caribbean (UNICEF), followed by desk research for a related book chapter
2009 Review of the Comprehensive Education System at Anguilla's only secondary school (Government of Anguilla)
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications
Empress of Zion Inc. has published a book which to date remains the only publication of writings by Rastafari Women.
I recently ended 12 years of writing a weekly column in The Anguillian newspaper and have published various articles in diverse publications.
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Dear friend "Vasudev kutukbkam" entire world is a family.This is the teaching of our indian culture and tradition.This is a wonderful site to to know our inner self and each other and can make a world a family. We created countries, boundaries,religions,cast,race for any reason.But this the time to realize that we are one and naturally interconnected with each other which we can just realize by watching inhale and exhale of our breaths. The source is same without any discrimination of religion and boundaries, equally for all living life of universe .When we understand this simple thing then we must understand how our and other's life is equally important, valuable and respectable . We should follow the nature's rule,God has given us a human life not for destruction but to look after the wellbeing of all living life so that peace and harmony can establish in this planet. I shall be happy if we could be a friend with harmonious relationship. shyam
Hi Sister Ijahnya,
Let me first congratulate you on your interest to have close relationship with sisters and brothers in the horn of africa region, particularly Ethiopia. I trust you will find us helpfull and won't regret your planned visit to Ethiopia. we will be highly privilaged if we recieve you one day in Somaliland which bordering with Ethiopia. don't hesitate to contact whenever you wish so.
Best wishes, Mohamed
Hello ijahniya! Glad that u r moving to Ethiopia. I hope you will enjoy your stay there very much! Though I am not sure if I have got ur question, if you are looking for a place out side of Addis Ababa, I think you can rent a home in the outskirts of the city-as the city is these days expanding to nearby countryside areas, I think you will find a place that does not sound like a city, but with good air to inhale. However, you will have to have a private car for transportation as the public transport system is very poor in Addis. You may rent a car for 10-20 US Dollar per a day. Gas/ oil price is about 1 US Dollar per litter. You may also rent a nice house between 250-350 USD per a month. But, it depends on z type of house and the area of residence. Hope it helps.
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