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Ohio State University Visited Mary Joy

Ohio State University delegates unveiled their interest to partnership: The Ohio State University (OSU) delegates visited Mary Joy Development Association on December 9, 2012. The delegates encompass OSU’s professors, Deans and researchers. The visit was aimed to establish partnership between MJDA and OSU on community health outreach program, volunteer mobilization and in-service training programs. The delegates visited the MJDA medical center’s activities and integrated community development programs as well as discussion has been held among the team members and MJDA’s management on the focus of the partnership and sustainability of MJDA’s health programs. The visitors were accompanied by Professor Tirusew Tefera (Dean, College of Education and Behavioral Studies, Addis Ababa University) and Dr. Mekasha Kassaye (Assistant Professor in English Language Pedagogy and Higher Education Policy and Management) and Ethiopian Medical Student Association’s Executives.

Volunteers Recognition

On the 4th of February 2012, MJDA organized a Volunteers Recognition Event to publically recognize the contribution of 200 volunteers who have been actively participating during the last 5 years to achieve the organization’s objectives.

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Mary Joy has been implementing an integrated community development programs since its establishment in its area of operations.

Different impacts and results have been obtained as a result of various integrated development interventions that benefited children, youth, women, older person, People living with the HIV virus and the larger community.In recognition of the vital role played by Mary Joy in the arena of poverty reduction, HIV&AIDS prevention and control, Community capacity building and the various knowledge transfer initiatives, various individuals, non-governmental organizations, government offices and community based organizations have provided and reflected their gratitude and appreciation as an encouragement to its future action. Just to provide a bird’s eye view to our browsers, we would to mention some of the awards/ recognition as below:

Red-Ribbon Award
Recognition of outstanding community leadership and Action on AIDS.
16 th World AIDS Day Conference
August 2006 – Toronto , Canada

Contribution in poverty alleviation and environmental protection efforts on the occasion of the World Environment Day 2001


In recognition of outstanding contribution in alleviation of poverty and creating public awareness on HIV&AIDS On the Occasion of the first national Conference on “Building a culture of peace:- Character, Family and Public Service” 22nd December 2000 – Ethiopia

In recognition of children support and other in the last ten years.

Prominent visit givers: Mary Joy attracted the attention and value of many higher officials and foreigners. We usually host guests and visitors coming from all over the world to see our development performance and share accumulated experience and practices. Some of our visitors were: Vice president of the World Bank - 2003 President of the republic of Botswana , Mr Festus Gontedanye Mogae 2004 Ethiopia First Lady, W/ro Azeb Mesfin - 2005 Kenya First Lady,Lucy Kibaki - 2005 Ethiopian Ministry of Health Minister, Dr. Tewodros Adhanom - 2006. For more information on how to contact us please view our contact page.