Philosophy

Humanitarian accountability is a cornerstone of our philosophy and we live it and see what’s happening on the ground, check the financials of each activity, and properly audited financial statements of our organization. We strive to ensure that each project achieves the maximum impact while helping the maximum number of people and that we are always giving a hand up and not a handout.

OHE guided by the following three cores strategies as VIP;

Village Ownership - All our projects & programs primarily focus on bringing people together who have the right skills, knowledge and experience to share with village actors to help village people solve village development challenges themselves. By taking this approach we pass on knowledge, allowing village people to become self-sufficient and to take charge of their own futures. We build village capacity, strengthen village approaches, and eventually render our organization’s services redundant, as village people no longer need our support. Our primary aim, then, is that our organization no longer be required in one project target area.

Impartation, Learning and Sharing Knowledge - OHE believes that everyone is blessed with some kind of wisdom and knowledge. And learning and sharing is one most important mode of knowledge transfer and accelerated growth. Hence, OHE shall arrange student exchange and volunteering programs, forums and platforms of learning and sharing so that one can learn from the other and successful people can teach those aspiring to be one.

All OHE projects are assessed on merit for their ability to eventually be owned operated and operationally and economically sustained in-full by the local community member’s in-question. In particular, our volunteer programs are designed - in the main - to allow members of the international community to share their knowledge, expertise and experience with Ethiopia women, smallholder farmers, children and families. The well known adage 'Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime', is a sincere aspect of our operational model.

Partnership &team work - OHE believes that Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM) and hence promotes working in teams and partnerships. OHE shall work in partnership with all like-minded development actors inside and outside the country and wants to make itself a model nonprofit for promoting mutually beneficial and development partnership. Government, the private sector, academia, professional associations, foundation and civil society groups are partnership targets of OHE. OHE will always try to use harness resources, materials and personnel from diverse sources and locations to implement our projects in Ethiopia. By bringing and working with local and international development actors and volunteers together in partnership, we promote the view that shared approaches and cultural exchange are fundamental principles of sustainable development.

OHE–OPENAIR Working Framework

OHE has adopted its program development & implementation framework as ‘OPENAIR” framework. The framework has helped OHE to think openly through it in the program development & implementation time. The seven pillars and their implications to OHE are described as below.

Output Oriented: In all its program undertakings OHE has to ensure that it is output oriented, that there should be a concrete and visible output in the form of improvements in the lives of all people it has targeted and reached.

Peak Performing: OHE has to ensure that whatever it does should be one that can stand high and enjoy performance supremacy. OHE’s performance has to be deep-rooted, broad-based, comprehensive, peculiar in nature and highly impactful to the lives of the people it stands for.

Ever Evolving: OHE has to be an organization that can evolve from time to time. OHE should be capable of setting new trends, introducing new things, piloting breakthrough initiatives and branding the self as conscious, progressive and learner organization.

Now Needed: OHE has to commit itself to provide development services that are needed currently by the people and communities it works with. It has to have operational presence in needy areas and communities and brings best solutions to their immediate needs and aspirations. It has to give priority to those developmental needs of the nation and its various constituents.

Asset Appreciating: With the belief that people are blessed with gifts of nature and communities are endowed with the abundance of wealth and crucial development assets, OHE has to play the role of a facilitator for the people and the communities to see what is resident in them, appreciate what they have, and bring developments that are their own. It has to approach communities in appreciation of what they have and thinking that there is a wealth of knowledge and wisdom resident in communities.

Inwardly Inspired: OHE has to plan and design projects and programs that are inspired by the people and communities themselves. It has to put people at the center, plan with them, in their own communities and using whatever is available within their communities. It has to work from the inside out. It has to listen to the felt needs of the community. It has to engage the community in its entire program development work. Genuine participation should be central in OHE.

Redefined Reach: OHE should outline a number of future destinations in a manner that the latter builds on the previous ones, and with progressive developmental thinking. Once it reaches its nearest destiny or reach, it has to stop and reflect, learn from the process and outcomes, document lessons & best experiences, and redefine a new and measurably high or big reach. It has to outline a new roadmap, put new aspirations in place, and set new trends.

OHE operates and abides by the following core guiding principles:

Core Values It’s Meaning
Acceptable and Adaptable works within the community: We ensure that whatever we do is acceptable and adaptable by communities, that it is within their own boundaries and limits, and in appreciation of their indigenous knowledge, wisdom, lifestyle, norms and cultures.
Sustainability: By ensuring sense of ownership and commitment among the target groups, communities, government bodies and other stakeholders.
Humanitarian accountability: We always provide quality services to the people and communities we serve, and we are accountable to self, to target groups, communities, government bodies, donors and supporters.
Learning organization and Collaborative Relationships: We work with & learn from others involved in asset building and developmentally attentive communities. We also want to seek collaboration with internal & external groups for creating a sense of the common good & for working for positive community and social change. Forward looking We always think and look forward and proactively engage ourselves in community development. Virtual presence everywhere We want to inspire people and be a source of insight and abundance to people all over the world by constantly promoting our work in electronic media & reaching the doorsteps of everyone.
Integrity: Creating pathways to opportunity.
Team spirit: We are sensitive to personal and cross-cultural differences and act accordingly. We work with a sense of diver similarity and team spirit. Insure culture and values of the community: While we working program activities, we shall respect culture, values and norms of the community in which we are working. We promote gender equity OHE seeks gender balance and equal participation in all its development interventions.