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BBBC’s primary objective is creating access to opportunities for a better standard of living for underprivileged and vulnerable communities, especially children, mothers and youth. In line with this objective, it was able to score the following key achievements over the last five years.
In the education sector, BBBC constructed 20 kindergartens with 20 latrine facilities and water taps extended from nearby waterline. Two high schools and primary schools libraries including 15 additional class rooms furnished with the necessary materials. Consequently, over 20,000 children have directly benefited from these school facility supports.
Apart from the school infrastructural supports, BBBC enabled 4,000 children to obtain medical and educational material support through sponsorship programs. These sponsored children are able to pursue their educations ranging from pre and primary to higher level tertiary. Langano and Nazareth programs started operation in 1993 each having 125 sponsored children followed by Shurmo program.
At the same time, the guardians and parents of the sponsored children and other needy community members are assisted and inspired through basic business skill trainings and accesses to credit services. This helped many of the parents to engage themselves in businesses that have remarkably improved their livelihoods through establishing self-help groups and cooperatives.
BBBC contributed a great deal to reducing maternal and child morbidity and mortality rates through Arsi Negele WASH project having a total budget of € 3.5m. Of this budget, EU covered 75% and Water Resources Bureau of Oromia Regional State 25%. German Agro Action (GAA) became the Applicant and BBBC implemented the WASH project that enabled over 139,700 people living in Arsi Neglle to have access to clean drinking water and improved their personal hygiene as well as environmental sanitation.
BBBC handed over the Arsi negele WaSH Project to the five (Guna Dole, KersaGera, Mume Hanullo, Kello Tulu and Goben Gombilto) water boards who are organized and capacitated by the program. There are 26 (4 female) employees under the board offices. The WASH program has laid a total of 252.7 Kms pipe line having four reservoirs the largest of which has a capacity of 300,000 m3 of water. The number of water points has been 64 by the time the project phased out and with the extensions made by the boards; the number of water points (kiosks) has reached 125. The number of water attendants is also 125 being all women. This is a clear indication of the social, economic and administrative sustainability of the project.
BBBC presented the success achievements of ArsiNegele WASH program for CCRDA Good Practice competition in 2017. After the evaluation of the intervention by the committee organized by CCRDA, BBBC stood first and has been awarded a Trophy, Certificate and Gold Medal by H. E. Dr. Mulatu Teshome, President of the FDRE at the ceremony organized at CCRDA.
BBBC, in collaboration with Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC), built a health center in Lanagano area in 2013-14 and assisted over 30,000 people to have access to basic health services within a reasonable distance. BBBC facilitated and provided five modified Bajaj ambulances to the five health centers through the woreda health office. A nutrition support has also been extended to hundreds of moderately malnourished children and pregnant and lactating mothers over the last five years. TB room has been constructed at Biftu Health Center in Adama city while four MCH rooms constructed and furnished for Shurmo Health Center in Lemo District of Hadya Zone, SNNP Region.
Furthermore, BBBC in partnership with WASTE Netherlands has started SDG WASH program in Shashmene, ArsiNegele and Ziway where sanitation and hygiene will be the main focus. However, there are four partners namely AMREF, IRC WASH, WASTE/BBBC and Wetland shouldering different activities under the umbrella of Water Alliance International (WAI)
To effectively and efficiently implement its program, BBBC has currently 50 staff (13 female). Most of the staffs working with BBBC have experiences on rural and community development, health and education as well as WASH. The key staffs have minimum qualification with first degree in different subjects related to major BBBC programs.
During the last five years, the budget of BBBC has been estimated at USD 7,000,000.00 or equivalent to ETB 196, 0000, 0000.00. Last but not least, BBBC has reached over 200,000 people in the areas of integrated development focusing on education health and nutrition, WASH, sustainable livelihood development, climate change and emergency response.