Cäläqot, a name derived from two Tigrigna words, 'Cälä' meaning good or beautiful and 'qot', is a name of famous indigenous tree, the village was founded in the district of Éndarta, southern Tigray administrative region.

The historical significance of the town began in the 19th cent. Where of Ras Walda Sellase (1790–1816) was emerged as ruler of Hintalo and Éndarta. During the time the village gained considerable political, commercial and religious importance. The British traveler Henry Salt visited Ras Walda Sellase in 1805. At the time due to its central importance it was connected to the existing trade routes to the Red Sea. Ras Walda Sellase built the Holy Trinity Church of  Cäläqot. Besides that the place is considered as the main center of the region before the establishment of the city of Mekele by Emperor Yohannis IV, the wife of Emperor Tewodros II, Queen Tiruwork was buried at the same church. The place was also the home of the one of the most outstanding scholar and Archbishop of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, His Grace Archbishop Abuna Merha Kirstos; who was the staunch advocate of development, prolific teacher who support social improvement and a symbolic spiritual leader.

Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church -Development and Inter-Church Aid Commission named Rural Livelihood Improvement Project after the famous scholar and archbishop Abune Merha Kirstos in order to preserve his legacy and retain his enduring development advocacy among the members of the community and further. Abune Merha Kirstos Chelekot Rural Livelihood Improvement Project was supported by DICAC Funding partner Bread for the world /EED for the Project Period between January 1, 2013 –December 31,2015 with the total Project budget of 13,618,000 in order to benefit 1085House Holds

The main Objectives were to Improve livelihood of the population in Chelekot. Through Increase of agricultural production; Improve access to markets; Strengthened social services and Capacity building activities

The Projects comprise Social services development, Agricultural development, Natural Resources Management and Reducing youth unemployment were all of them are properly implemented

Performances show that in the Social Services Development Rural Road Construction Major drainage of two 8 & 12 meter wide bridges are constructed with excelent quality workmanship.

 

Natural resource management, Construction of different SWC structures and Protecting & enriching watershed have acheved.

In the Agricultural Development about 1960 m Irrigation (Main Canal Construction), Two irrigation crossings are constructed, Horticulture Development, Strengthening farmers' service cooperative, Reorganize farmers cooperative, Store and office construction Provision of seed money Committed community & best performance, Irrigation development are established

Strengthening service cooperative to Reduce unemployment rate, Organize Youth and women in IGA (appiculture &poultry), Provision of seed money for IGA/groups/ , provision of beehives and accessories are sucessfully distributed and properly realized.

Abune Merha Kirstos Chelekot Rural Livelihood Improvement Project is inaugurated by His Holiness Abune Matthias I, Patriarch of Ethiopian in the presence of numerous  archbishops. His Grace Abune Samule, the Archbishop of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church -Development and Inter-Church Aid Commission, the Archbishop of the diocese, Zonal and woreda level government leaders, EOC-DICAC commissioner Dr. Agdew Redie, representative of the Funding partner Bread for the world /EED DICAC Mr. Stefan,  DICAC finance Head Ato Kebede, Head of the Development department Ato Kindie, public relation head and the entire community attended the ceremony.

Cäläqot, a name derived from two Tigrigna words, 'Cälä' meaning good or beautiful and 'qot', is a name of famous indigenous tree, the village was founded in the district of Éndarta, southern Tigray administrative region. The historical significance of the town began in the 19th cent. Where of Ras Walda Sellase (1790–1816) was emerged as ruler of Hintalo and Éndarta. During the time the village gained considerable political, commercial and religious importance. The British traveler Henry Salt visited Ras Walda Sellase in 1805. At the time due to its central importance it was connected to the existing trade routes to the Red Sea. Ras Walda Sellase built the Holy Trinity Church of  Cäläqot. Besides that the place is considered as the main center of the region before the establishment of the city of Mekele by Emperor Yohannis IV, the wife of Emperor Tewodros II, Queen Tiruwork was buried at the same church. The place was also the home of the one of the most outstanding scholar and Archbishop of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, His Grace Archbishop Abuna Merha Kirstos; who was the staunch advocate of development, prolific teacher who support social improvement and a symbolic spiritual leader.

 

Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church -Development and Inter-Church Aid Commission named Rural Livelihood Improvement Project after the famous scholar and archbishop Abune Merha Kirstos in order to preserve his legacy and retain his enduring development advocacy among the members of the community and further. Abune Merha Kirstos Chelekot Rural Livelihood Improvement Project was supported by DICAC Funding partner Bread for the world /EED for the Project Period between January 1, 2013 –December 31,2015 with the total Project budget of 13,618,000 in order to benefit 1085House Holds.

 

The main Objectives were to Improve livelihood of the population in Chelekot. Through Increase of agricultural production; Improve access to markets; Strengthened social services and Capacity building activities.

 

The Projects comprise Social services development, Agricultural development, Natural Resources Management and Reducing youth unemployment were all of them are properly implemented.

 

Performances show that in the Social Services Development Rural Road Construction Major drainage of two 8 & 12 meter wide bridges are constructed with excelent quality workmanship.

 

Natural resource management, Construction of different SWC structures and Protecting & enriching watershed have acheved.

 

 

In the Agricultural Development about 1960 m Irrigation (Main Canal Construction), Two irrigation crossings are constructed, Horticulture Development, Strengthening farmers' service cooperative, Reorganize farmers cooperative, Store and office construction Provision of seed money Committed community & best performance, Irrigation development are established.

 

Strengthening service cooperative to Reduce unemployment rate, Organize Youth and women in IGA (appiculture &poultry), Provision of seed money for IGA/groups/ , provision of beehives and accessories are sucessfully distributed and properly realized.

Abune Merha Kirstos Chelekot Rural Livelihood Improvement Project is inaugurated by His Holiness Abune Matthias I, Patriarch of Ethiopian in the presence of numerous  archbishops. His Grace Abune Samule, the Archbishop of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church -Development and Inter-Church Aid Commission, the Archbishop of the diocese, Zonal and woreda level government leaders, EOC-DICAC commissioner Dr. Agdew Redie, representative of the Funding partner Bread for the world /EED DICAC Mr. Stefan,  DICAC finance Head Ato Kebede, Head of the Development department Ato Kindie, public relation head and the entire community attended the ceremony.

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