Profile of FHIDO
Future Hopes Integrated Development Organization (FHIDO) formerly known as Arada Child and Charitable Society is an indigenous, non-governmental, non-profit, secular, legally registered Ethiopian resident charity working to build self-reliant and self-sufficient generation in Ethiopia through comprehensive and sustainable development approach. Since 1986 to July 2010, FHIDO has been operating as area coordination office of the then Christian Children Fund (CCF). After July 2010, FHIDO reregistered as Ethiopian resident charity and operational in the ten districts of Arada sub-city and two districts of Burayu town of Oromia region.
Aspire to see responsible, self-reliant and empowered citizen in Ethiopia.
Future Hopes Integrated Development Organization strives to create an environment of hope and respect for needy children of all culture and beliefs in which they have opportunities to achieve their full potential and provides practical tools for positive change to children, families and communities.
Contribute to the national effort of reducing the experience of Deprive, Vulnerable and Excluded (DEV) through improving education, health, livelihood statues, hygiene and sanitation of the children, youth and their families/guardians found in FHIDO’s target areas.
v) Collaboration and partnerships
vi)Learning and continuous improvement
1. Child and youth Development
2. Primary health focusing on SRH, STI, HIV/AIDS, Malaria and MNCH
3. Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
4. Livelihood Promotion and Economic Development
5. Natural resource management
6. Cross cutting (Gender equity, Child participation, Children with Disabilities, Child trafficking )
Currently FHIDO is operating in Addis Ababa and Oromia Regional State and planned to expend its interventions in to selected sites of SNNPR and Amhara Regions.
Fig1. Map of Project operational area . Source: 2007 CSA Data and AA city Admin data
The target beneficiaries include children, youth, and most at risk population, OVCs, Child/Female Headed families, Children with Disabilities (CwDs) and women.
Program Implementation Strategies
1. Participatory approach: The program approach is participatory throughout the project cycle i.e from project inception to implementation and final evaluation. The target groups participate in implementation and monitoring and evaluation of project activities.
2. Gender responsive: FHIDO aims at gender balance among staff and beneficiaries. This is mainly because women are the main care givers for children, not only woman but also her children suffer from this gender discrimination.
3. Empowerment of target groups: FHIDO is on the move to change its approach from being an organization primarily working with direct service delivery to a social development organization working with capacity building and implementing interventions that sustain livelihood of the beneficiaries.
4. Networking and Partnership: FHIDO created networking and partnership with different likeminded organization, universities and umbrella organization so as to strengthen its capacity by sharing lesson, best practices as well as resources through partnership modalities.
5. Integrated interventions: FHIDO’s intervention requires integration of the many interlinked aspects of development, such as education, health, shelter, social, physiological and economic wellbeing of the beneficiaries. Therefore, the project employs a holistic approach which integrates all these different areas.
6. Community based resources mobilization: in order to sustain and reduce donor dependency syndrome of the beneficiaries, available resources in the community will be mobilized and invested on OVCs and caregivers and families. Community contribution through Edirrs, religious institutions and other community based systems will be used as additional resources for the project.
7. Volunteerism: FHIDO work with local and international volunteers.
FHIDO is a member of national and regional based consortiums and networks including:
1. Consortium of Christian Relief Development Association (CCRDA)
2. Consortium of Reproductive Health Association(CORHA)
3. Strategic Initiative in the Horn of Africa(SIHA)
4. Aflatoun International
FHIDO’s source of Income
Major donors of the organization are ChildFund Ethiopia with the larger share and contribution in supporting Sponsorship Program as well as Pact Ethiopia which supports “Yekokeb Birhan” Highly Vulnerable Children Project. With regard to ensuring sustainable source of income for the organization, FHIDO has been engaged to mobilize additional resources to address still increasing needy community members through renting its different office premises found in four project areas in Arada sub city. In addition to this, the organization has been engaged in mobilizing local resources through placing charity boxes, ticket selling and collecting finance and materials from philanthropic individuals and institutions to provide support for children through scholastic materials and medical support.
FHIDO has a well-integrated and highly organized system of governance in place. The organization has the General Assembly as the highest decision making body with a supreme power of shaping the overall direction of the organization. The second highest decision making body is the Board of Directors which has the power to recruit and supervise the director and make sure that important decisions passed by the General Assembly are adhered to and implemented. It also decides on policy and strategic issues of the organization. The Board of Directors is elected for a fixed term of four years from the General Assembly in democratic manner. The director along with other management committee members has the duty of running the day to day operations of the organization.
The management committee represents a unique composition where each heads of departments as well as executive director are a member. The structure and governance system of the organization ensures upward and downward communications and accountability. Equally important is the participatory approach used by the organization to design and implement programs and projects. Currently, FHIDO has more than 57 permanent staffs and 390 volunteers to implement the different projects of the organization.
With regards to Finance and Administration, throughout the course of achieving its objectives and overall goal, the organization follows a number of financial and administrative policies and guidelines. In line with the stated vision and mission of the organization, it has financial and administrative manual in place to execute the financial and administrative measures and decisions both in its relation with its employees and also in its partnership with concerned stakeholders of the organization. To ensure the accountability, transparency and the proper flows of the financial and other resources of the organization, FHIDO has both external and internal auditors. To maintain the good track records and the reputation of the organization in financial management and administration, the organization has separate and autonomous Finance department. The department is composed of highly qualified and well experienced personnel that undertake the role of Finance Director, Accountant and Cashers. It is this well-developed system and financial principles that help the organization to maintain long-lasting project partnership with high profile international donors and positive minded individuals.
Future Hopes Integrated Development Organization (FHIDO) Organogram
Key Achievement of FHIDO
Currently under its sponsorship program, FHIDO has been implementing ‘holistic child development’ focused projects in partnership with ChildFund Ethiopia and addressing the socio economic needs of Deprived, Excluded and Vulnerable (DEV) children, youth and siblings and families of these target children found in Arada sub-city and Burayu woreda of Oromiya region. In order to mitigate the root problem of deprived, excluded and vulnerable children, the organization has designed and implementing sound and need based program which is essential to investigate the needs and root problems of the target beneficiaries and developed Area Strategic Plan (ASP) as well as all-encompassing project proposals. For the last nearly three decades, FHIDO designed age appropriate and need based project interventions and reached more than 12,000 highly vulnerable children, youth and 20,000 of their parents/ guardians.