“The eventful weekend consisted several breakout sessions focusing on leadership training, how to successfully fund-raise, establishing Hidri chapters, providing service to the community and Eritrea, mekete, networking, skills development…”
The 4th Annual East Coast Regional Training of Trainers (TOT), held from the 23rd through the 25th of March 2012, concluded successfully. The retreat was attended by over 60 core members from six chapters in the East Coast Region of the United States. The goal of the regional TOT is to reinstate the values of YPFDJ, develop community building initiatives and leadership training. This objective is a part of the continuous consolidation effort based on the three years strategic plan.
Registration opened on Friday, March 23, 2012 allowing Bitsot to reconnect with each other and welcome all participants with open arms. During the short night, open discussions were held at a campfire site outside of the lodge reinforcing YPFDJ’s organizational culture of free thought and expression while at the same time, symbolizing the level of warmth and openness between members.
Day two of the gathering consisted of the bulk of the retreat’s program. As all of YPFDJ events do, this exciting mini conference officially started by paying respect to our martyrs (Ziq’ri Sem’atat) and singing Eritrea’s National Anthem as well as wudbna, our organization song. Following the patriotic deed, Bitsot Ida Woldemichael and Luwam Mehary heads of the organizing committee officially welcomed all participants. Bitsay Dawit Haile explained the reason for this annual retreat as well as the content of the event. Participants then split into different groups in preparation of essential skill building activities.
This years’ guest speaker for this regional conference was Mr. Amanuel Giorgio a representative from the Eritrean Mission to the UN. In his two hours presentation he explained the makeup of the United Nations in general, and the UN Security Council in particular. The UN, even since when it was called the League of Nations, has had a big impact on Eritrea throughout its history.
The eventful weekend consisted several breakout sessions focusing on leadership training, how to successfully fund-raise, establishing Hidri chapters, providing service to the community and Eritrea, mekete, networking, skills development and ways to retain national identity and culture as well as effective media strategies. The elaborated program created by the host chapter, YPFDJ-NY in collaboration with the NACC was thoroughly followed to ensure the retreat’s fruitful outcome.
In honor of our Bitsayti Salem Amanuel, who is in recovery from a detrimental car accident several weeks after last year’s conference in Boston the event was dubbed The Salem’s Strength Conference. It is to be remembered that the West Coast has successfully conducted their 4TH regional ToT on Feb 16, 2012.