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Arbi Harnet Activity Report Sept-Dec 2012

Arbi Harnet Activity Report Sept-Dec 2012


Introduction
This is a report outlining Arbi Harnet’s activities in the period covering Sept-Dec 2012. The report includes a preliminary financial report which is being audited independently. A comprehensive annual report including the audited financial report will be prepared soon.

Background
Project Arbi Harnet (AH) is an initiative that works to link the resistance inside Eritrea to the resistance in the diaspora engaging the general public to take communal action in response to the worsening human and democratic rights violations in Eritrea.

The project is run by Eritrean volunteers and is completely dependent on public funding (mainly from fellow Eritreans) for its activities. The main tactics of engagement to date have been:
•    One-to one random calls to individuals and businesses
•    One-to-one targeted calls to individuals identified either as a follow up or due to their direct involvement in matters
•    Mass automated robocalls
•    Posters and other information distributions inside Eritrea

Strategy
As mentioned above the objective is to create links across pockets of resistance to the regime in Eritrea to this end the Project:
•    Communicates directly with the public
•    Encourages the public to think communally (creating a sense of common identity) rather than individually
•    Encourages the public to consider communal acts of, appropriate, public resistance (e.g. stay at home Friday, visiting public worship venues, boycotting state controlled news papers)

Output
The enclosed Action Plan Review outlines the outputs of the project in terms of the phone calls that were made and the posters that were distributed inside Eritrea. In all over 40, 000 phone calls and 2 poster campaigns were carried out during the period.

Outcome
It is very early in the life of the project to objectively assess tangible outcomes; however anecdotal evidence suggests that the public both in the diaspora and inside the country is encouraged by the process of linking the pockets of resistance and beginning to appreciate the value of communal actions. The poster campaigns have also demonstrated the presence of resistance inside the country and the fact that this can be linked to the resistance in the diaspora.

Financial contributions
Close to 100 individuals and three organisations (Friends of Dawit Isaac, Friends of Aster and In Chains for Christ), made generous contributions of amounts ranging from $10 – to over $1,000. Please find enclosed our interim financial report (pending independent audits).

Ongoing work and future plans
The team will continue to build capacity to enhance the work that has already starter and also explore new ways of engaging the general public both in the diaspora and inside the country. In the diaspora the team will engage people to support the work inside the country. Whereas inside Eritrea the team will keep working on building the capacity of AH inside the country to really make the presence of resistance in Eritrea felt. A new action plan, covering the period to April 2013, will be announced on the 15th of January.

Arbi Harnet team would like to thank all our friends and supporters for their continued support, especially those who have committed themselves to the regular weekly contributions that enable us to make the weekly and more extensive occasional country wide calls.

We would also like to thank those who contribute ideas and insight into our work and encourage us to pursue initiatives that at times seem impossible to complete.

Our project partners have been great and have enabled us to make the monthly mass calls; we thank Friends of Dawit for our October mass calls, In Chains for Christ (Friends of Abune Antonios) for our November Calls EYSC UK and Friends and Family of Aster for our December calls. The team is continuously looking for collaborative efforts with other Diaspora based organizations and movements working for change in Eritrea. We would like to thank EYSC-Bay Area for their continuous support to use their banking facilities for AH project related transactions.

Several people have lent us their voice and been ambassadors of Arbiharnet to their respective communities back in Eritrea: Dr Mohamed Kheir Omer, Saleh G Johar and Keshi Mussie Shishay, we thank you all for your cooperation and putting up with our impossible demands and time scales.

Our media partners have been crucial in disseminating news of our initiative; we would like to thank especially Radio Erena, Asmarino and Radio Wegahta for their continuous support.

But by far our deepest gratitude goes to our team inside Eritrea who have dedicated not just their time and skills like many of us but their security and even their life to the cause.

We look forward to your support and collaboration in the New Year.

Team ArbiHarnet


Appendix 1:

 

Arbi Harnet Action Plan Review

September– December 2012

1. We are all Abbarre

Sept

To commemorate political prisoners and the imprisoned journalists from Eritrea’s independent media
Awareness campaign in the diaspora: A week long radio event, A paltalk session, rerun of articles on out prisoner of the year (Idriss AbArre) and over 10,000 robo calls on Sept 18,2012.

updates    This project was successfully completed and the obo calls went over the 10,000 (11,268) mark and hence exceeding targets, the project was also inspirational with ongoing impact and it inspired the team in Eritrea to start a poster campaign reported under Additional Projects section below.

2.  Isayas


Oct

Unity symbol    To identify and implement a symbol that demonstrates solidarity across the resistance inside the country and in the diaspora 
Updates    A symbolic link has been identified and developed; however the  implementation needs a bit more development, ArbiHarnet will continue to work on this. The Project has allocated the necessary resources for this and hence implementation is not dependent on availability of resources but a questions of identifying appropriate human resources inside Eritrea.

3.  Forced militerisation

Oct & Dec

Building on our message of Sept 18, highlight the indiscriminate of civilians and raise indignation about forced milliterisation, but also encourage the people to use the arms to demand change.
Highlight that it is grandparents who should spend their twilight years in peace having buried their children and grandchildren in the quest for peace.   
Updates    When a similar project was launched by a coalition of organisations, led by EYSC, AH withheld on progressing this project to avoid duplications. The concept will be revisited for potential implementation as appropriate.

4.  Audio visual resources

Oct & Dec

To compile audio visual resources and make them available for the resistance    
Updates    This project is lagging a bit; the team has identified the concept and human resources for it, however there is a significant delay in progressing the actual production of the resources, this project will be reviewed, for implementation in the new action plan.

5.  Ongoing phone calls

Oct & Dec

Weekly phone calls using robocalls 
And one to one calls (focusing different cities and using different languages...)   
(around fifty people to fund robocalls)    For robocalls
And one to one calls
Updates    Over the period of four months we contacted over 39875 people in the following cities:  Barentu (300), Teseney (215), akurdat (300), Massawa (232), Keren (1300), Mendefera (200), DekemHare (215), adikeyiH (200), Assab (188), Asmara (15200), and a further 21540 to mobile phones and land line phones across the country.

6.  Voices of families of prisoners

Oct & Dec

To encourage families of prisoners to use their voices to mobilise the Eritrean public        
Updates    Each month focused on one prisoner and mass calls in association with friends and family, altogether we made over 25,000 onbehalf of three symbolic prisoners: 1 woman prisoner, 1 journalist and 1 religious leader
Sept: Sept 18 calls 11,268
October: Dawit Isaac calls   10,240
November: Abune Antonios Calls 5,000
Dec: Aster Yohanness calls: 10,000

7.  A news letter

Dec

This  will continue to be discussed      
Updates     This project continues to form part of our serious planning with partners and will  be piloted in the next quarterly action plan

Additional project    The Asmara team initiated and implemented an additional poster project which was implemented on new year’s eve 20 posters were posted in the following areas:
Outside Cinema Roma
Near Cinema Roma (Education)
Outside Cathedral
Outside Bar Diana
Outside Bar Commercial
Piazza Michael
Adulis club in front of the bank
May Abashawil in two places
Godena Harnnet in three places
Meda Ertra

    Fully meets objectives


Appendix 2:

Arbi Harnet Financial Report

Aug-Dec 2012
Date    Gross Amount($)     Net Amount($)     Balance    Expenses  Net ($)    Expenses ($)-Monthly Actions    Contributions ($)-Monthly
31/12/2012    1083    1083    1563.23         2800    2773.65
31/12/2012    25    23.97    480.23               
27/12/2012    20    18.92    456.26               
26/12/2012    50    47.75    437.34         PFDJ Officials 200 Calls 12-31-12     
19/12/2012    100    96.8    389.59         Assab 200 Calls 12-28-12     
18/12/2012    50    47.75    292.79         Adi Keyih 200 Calls 12-21-12     
15/12/2012    36    34.3    245.04               
13/12/2012    50    48.25    210.74               
13/12/2012    40    38.54    162.49               
12/12/2012    28    25.65    123.95               
10/12/2012    20    18.92    98.3         Free Aster 10000 Calls 12-10-12     
10/12/2012              79.38    2520          
10/12/2012    30    28.83    2,599.38               
09/12/2012    100    96.8    2,570.55               
09/12/2012    20    18.92    2,473.75               
09/12/2012    30    28.53    2,454.83               
09/12/2012    10    9.31    2,426.30               
09/12/2012    50    47.75    2,416.99               
08/12/2012    100    96.8    2,369.24               
08/12/2012    100    96.8    2,272.44               
08/12/2012    25    23.72    2,175.64               
08/12/2012    16    15.08    2,151.92               
08/12/2012    50    48.25    2,136.84               
07/12/2012    60    57.96    2,088.59               
07/12/2012    20    18.92    2,030.63         Keren 1300 Calls 12-7-12     
06/12/2012    50    48.25    2,011.71               
06/12/2012              1,963.46    280          
06/12/2012    100    95.8    2,243.46               
06/12/2012    30    28.53    2,147.66               
06/12/2012    15    14.11    2,119.13               
06/12/2012    30    28.53    2,105.02               
05/12/2012    30    28.53    2,076.49               
05/12/2012    20    19.12    2,047.96               
05/12/2012    150    143.85    2,028.84               
05/12/2012    40    38.14    1,884.99               
05/12/2012    10    9.31    1,846.85               
04/12/2012    30    28.53    1,837.54               
04/12/2012    10    9.31    1,809.01               
04/12/2012    20    18.92    1,799.70               
03/12/2012    50    47.75    1,780.78               
02/12/2012    20    19.12    1,733.03               
02/12/2012    30    28.53    1,713.91               
02/12/2012    100    95.8    1,685.38               
30/11/2012    100    95.8    1,589.58         2235.99    2524.38
30/11/2012    50    47.75    1,493.78               
28/11/2012    1000    970.7    1,446.03         Hidar Tsion 5000 Religious Calls      
26/11/2012    60    57.96    475.33               
25/11/2012              417.37    414.99          
25/11/2012              832.36    1400          
25/11/2012    50    47.75    2,232.36               
25/11/2012    50    47.75    2,184.61               
24/11/2012    120    115.02    2,136.86               
24/11/2012    30    28.53    2,021.84               
23/11/2012    100    96.8    1,993.31               
23/11/2012    45    42.94    1,896.51         Massawa 232 Calls 11-23-12     
22/11/2012    70    66.97    1,853.57               
21/11/2012              1,786.60    140          
19/11/2012    50    48.25    1,926.60               
19/11/2012    20    18.92    1,878.35               
18/11/2012    10    9.31    1,859.43               
18/11/2012    10    9.41    1,850.12               
18/11/2012    100    96.8    1,840.71               
16/11/2012    100    96.8    1,743.91         Mendefera 196 Calls 11-16-12     
15/11/2012              1,647.11    70          
11/11/2012    30    28.53    1,717.11               
09/11/2012    20    18.92    1,688.58         Deqemhare 215 Calls 11-9-12     
08/11/2012              1,669.66    140          
07/11/2012    75    72.52    1,809.66               
07/11/2012    50    48.25    1,737.14               
07/11/2012    50    47.75    1,688.89               
06/11/2012    18    16.04    1,641.14               
06/11/2012    100    95.8    1,625.10               
06/11/2012    120    116.22    1,529.30               
06/11/2012    120    116.22    1,413.08               
05/11/2012    20    18.92    1,296.86               
02/11/2012    50    47.75    1,277.94         Agordat 300 Calls 11-2-12     
01/11/2012              1,230.19    71          
27/10/2012    100    96.8    1,301.19         3057    4353.89
26/10/2012              1,204.39    83          
24/10/2012    50    47.75    1,287.39         Barnetu 300 Calls 10-26-12     
24/10/2012    30    28.53    1,239.64               
23/10/2012    60    57.96    1,211.11               
21/10/2012    30    28.53    1,153.15               
19/10/2012    50    47.75    1,124.62               
18/10/2012    30    28.83    1,076.87         Tessenai 215 Calls 10-19-12     
18/10/2012    50    48.25    1,048.04               
18/10/2012              999.79    84          
18/10/2012    40    38.14    1,083.79               
18/10/2012    30    28.53    1,045.65               
17/10/2012    100    96.8    1,017.12               
15/10/2012    20    18.92    920.32               
15/10/2012    20    19.12    901.4               
14/10/2012    15    14.11    882.28               
11/10/2012              868.17    2890    Free Dawit Yisak 10000 Calls     
11/10/2012    1352.1    1,338.58    3,758.17               
11/10/2012    1793.93    1,775.99    2,419.59               
07/10/2012    40    38.54    643.6               
05/10/2012    300    291    605.06               
05/10/2012    20    18.92    314.06               
04/10/2012    20    18.92    295.14               
04/10/2012    15    14.26    276.22               
03/10/2012    40    38.14    261.96               
03/10/2012    5    4.5    223.82               
03/10/2012    5    4.5    219.32               
03/10/2012    70    67.67    214.82               
03/10/2012    20    18.92    147.15               
03/10/2012    50    47.75    128.23               
03/10/2012    10    9.31    80.48               
02/10/2012    20    19.12    71.17               
02/10/2012    50    47.75    52.05               
20/09/2012              4.3    1790    1790    1,649.55
20/09/2012    1.95    1.95    1,794.30               
18/09/2012    28    26.89    1,792.35               
17/09/2012    40    38.54    1,765.46         Abu-Are Sept 18 -11268 Calls     
16/09/2012    100    95.8    1,726.92               
14/09/2012    40    38.54    1,631.12               
14/09/2012    30    28.83    1,592.58               
14/09/2012    25    23.72    1,563.75               
14/09/2012    50    47.75    1,540.03               
13/09/2012    50    48.25    1,492.28               
13/09/2012    40    38.54    1,444.03               
13/09/2012    190    184.19    1,405.49               
13/09/2012    10    9.41    1,221.30               
12/09/2012    5    4.5    1,211.89               
11/09/2012    30    28.83    1,207.39               
11/09/2012    300    291    1,178.56               
11/09/2012    40    38.14    887.56               
11/09/2012    30    28.83    849.42               
11/09/2012    15    14.11    820.59               
11/09/2012    50    48.25    806.48               
11/09/2012    60    57.96    758.23               
11/09/2012    60    57.36    700.27               
11/09/2012    50    47.75    642.91               
10/09/2012    30    28.53    595.16               
10/09/2012    20    18.92    566.63               
10/09/2012    20    18.92    547.71               
10/09/2012    45    42.94    528.79               
09/09/2012    30    28.83    485.85               
07/09/2012    50    48.25    457.02               
07/09/2012    100    96.8    408.77               
07/09/2012    50    47.75    311.97               
06/09/2012    50    47.75    264.22               
05/09/2012    25    23.97    216.47               
01/09/2012    50    47.75    192.5               
31/08/2012    50    48.25    144.75              144.75
31/08/2012    50    48.25    96.5               
31/08/2012    50    48.25    48.25               
11766.98    10363.22        9882.99    9882.99    11446.22
End of 2012 Pay Pal Balance                        480.23
End of 2012 Bank Account Balance                        1083
End of 2012 Arbi Harnet Account Balance                        1563.23

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