Our History

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1974 

The first major famine strikes Ethiopia.

NCA together with Church based actors establishes Consortium of Christian Relief and Development Association (CCRDA) in Ethiopia.

NCA starts operation in Ethiopia upon the invitation of EECMY with emergency relief in Borena and North Omo (Derashe and Konso) in response to the famine.

1979

The Bale Water in Ethiopia Development program starts.

Name Change: Norwegian Church Relief becomes Norwegian Church Aid.

1984-1987

NCA responds to yet another emergency relief operation in Borena and North Omo (Derashe and Konso).

1987-1990

Joint Relief Program in cooperation with Catholic Relief Service, Ethiopian Evangelical Church Me- kane Yesus, Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Ethiopian Catholic Church, & Lutheran World Federation to assist war affected communities in the Northern part of Ethiopia (Amhara and Tigray regions).

1987

NCA’s program shifts from relief work to long term development activities.

NCA builds its’ own office in Wollo Sefer, Addis Ababa.

Dello Development Project starts in Bale with major emphasis on agriculture and health following relief operations in the area in 1985/86

1991

Consolidation of NCA’s programs in line with new realities of government change in Ethiopia.

1993

Long term rural development programs start with development wings of Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, and Relief Society of Tigray.

1992-1996

NCA’s water development program expands to SNNPR (Konso and South Omo and Sidama

Socio-infrastructural rehabilitation program for war affected areas in Afder and Liben Zones, Somali region.