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Awate 2020 Project Launch

The Ad-Hoc Task Force (ATF) for the Awate2020 project* is glad to announce a Paltalk session for Saturday, April 23, 2016, at 8pm Berlin Time, and 2pm, North American West Coast**. We cordially invite all friends and supporters of to attend the session. The session will be held at the Awate2020 room and we will try to limit the duration of the session to two hours.


As you all know, is in its sixteenth year of uninterrupted service of informing, inspiring and emboldening Eritreans to assertively struggle for freedom and justice in Eritrea. Over the years, we have accumulated so much experience, goodwill, and morale equity that we are determined to steer our operations to a new direction and towards what we envision to be in the year 2020.  We strive to make it continue playing an important and constructive role in the democratization process of Eritrea.


The idea of institutionalizing our entity and expanding to other areas of service has always stayed alive in our plans. Alas, due to lack of resources, both funds and manpower, our ideas remained just a dream, a plan on paper that never crossed to the level of implementation. Institutionalizing does not only assure its continuity, but also will invariably lead to professionalizing it, which in turn will lead to growth and expansions, to a myriad of possibilities in the direction of human ingenuity, spirit, and potentialities.

Importantly, sharing responsibilities is vital in ensuring the continuity of, as an institution to be there for posterity—it’s time that the long held dream of expansion and institutionalization of is realized! The Awate Team (AT) has held this dream for too long, however, due to luck of continuous dedicated support in doing the groundwork, it has not accomplished much. Understandably, the AT gives priority to the production of information, news, opinion pieces, etc., to serve the readers of the website as opposed to consuming its time on the technical and administrative aspects of the operation.

Ad Hoc Task Force (ATF)

This Ad Hoc Task Force is being mobilized for the sole purpose of institutionalizing through global support groups. ATF is committed to help set up a solid support group of committed people so that we can all achieve the goals that we have always aspired to achieve. Over the years AT has been listening to diverse ideas in a casual manner but last year it carried out an extensive survey, from which it learned many of its weaknesses, strengths, potentials and threats. Many prominent people participated in the survey and AT will share parts of it in due course.

ATF’s plans include the following:

  1. To establish support groups in different geographical areas
  2. To solicit immediate funds and ongoing contributions to sustain AT’s operations.
  3. To help in the institutionalization under the slogan/goal: Awate 2020
  4. will be the official mouthpiece of Awate2020
  5. Awate 2020 will be structured to include: a) a think-tank b) a research and consultancy institute, and c) a publishing unit.
  6. The structure will have a board of trustees/board of directors.
  7. ***Awate 2020 will be formally incorporated as nonprofit (Not-for-profit) institution by the end of the summer of 2016.

The above are the main objectives of the exercise that should be achieved. Initially, the vision is to establish a support group that should reach at least 200 people by the end of the year. The Support Group will help the AT expand to acquire a license of a nonprofit (not-for-profit) organization, in setting up a board of trustees, and other activities related to structural requirements. With the cooperation of all friends of Awate, we are confident we will be able to build a strong support base and help the operation elevate to a higher pedestal.

The AT has shared its immediate plans with ATF, which are as follow:

  1. Execute a long held pending plan to reintroduce an Arabic and Tigrinya as a clone of the current English website. is well placed to bring the “three parallel universes” to help the fragmented national platform to a one unified whole. And that involves redesigning the website and other technical tasks. This, therefore, makes it compulsory that we reach out to people who can help with the technical aspects of running a website, security, and full automation, etc.,
  2. Equipment like camera’s, PCS and other gadgets are needed to upgrade the operation.
  3. The website is aiming at a $12,000 immediate fund to stay afloat and accomplish the above.
  4. Create sustainable support base.

Thank you

Ad Hoc Task Force (ATF) For the Establishment of Awate 2020 Project

*PS: this vision is almost a decade old and never got implemented for many reasons beyond our control.
** We are sorry that it will be too early for our dedicated friends in Australia, particularly Perth in Western Australia. But we hope early risers in the East Coast, Melbourne and the rest, would attend.
** PPS.The IRS explains that for them “not-for-profit” refers to an activity, for example, a hobby (like fishing). In contrast, “nonprofit” refers to an organization established for purposes other than profit-making. Note: nonprofit does not necessarily mean “charitable.”

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  • Habtom Yohannes

    Dear Awate Team,

    My apologies for this belated response! I am confident that you had a very fruitful meeting yesterday evening.

    First of all congratulations for achieving the current milestone against all odds. I wish you all resounding succes with the new plan. I support pluriform media. There is nothing suffocating than being restricted to one thought and one medium.

    I wish you all succes and ready to support wherever I can and whenever I can with whatever means I have.

    God bless you.
    Habtom Yohannes

  • Abraham H.

    Selam AT,
    I support your noble cause wholeheartedly and wish you success in your efforts to inform, inspire, and embolden Eritreans at this time of utmost significance in Eritrea’s history.
    You have written that you are aiming to raise funds of $12,000 for this Awate 2020 Project; however I see you have not put a link through which people could channel their contributions. I see you have a PayPal link in the main page, but it would be more convenient to include a link with this page for this particular project.

  • Ibrahim Sirage Ahmedin

    Dear Awtate 2020

    It is greate news. I think it is now time to give support for this noble project.

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Selam the greatest AT
    I will definitely try to make those two hours open for this great plan. I wish you announced it some time ago. Suggestion:
    1. Make sure the room is more illuminated than the rest; some of us are first ever comers. And I hear that that world is pretty much crowded and noisy.
    2. No Qoxera Habesha!! (not the +/- 3 hours arrival customary in our people).
    Jokes aside, good plan and smart move. This is a vision that meets Awate’s weight/caliber.
    God bless you all those tireless individuals who run this venerable site and the contributing columnists and Moderators.

  • Yohannes Zerai

    Dear all,

    For a decade and half, Awate has been untiring in its efforts to advance the cause of democratic change in Eritrea. It is only fitting that it remains at the forefront of the struggle for liberty and justice by taking the quality and diversity of its services to a higher level. Aluta Continua!

  • Saleh Johar


    Thanks for the link, Paltalk has discontinued providing embedding code to broadcast discussions live. Is that true? If not, how do you get the embedding code? It seems they have upgraded paltalk many times since the last time I checked it.

  • Berhe Y

    Hi All,

    Some nice pictures from Tour of Eritrea 2016.

    I never go to but today I can’t resist and Eritreans are doing really well.


  • Kokhob Selam

    ዕውታት ዓወታውያን !

    ካብ ምሉእ ህዋሳተይ ዝነቅል – ቀጻሊ ዝፍልፍል ክብሪ ዝዓሰሎ ሰላምታይ ተቀበሉ ::

    ንዓመታት ብዑምቀት ዝተኸታተልኩዋ ኣብ መትከል ዕርቅን ሰላምን ዝተሰረተት መርበብኩም ወላ ‘ኳ ብዝተፈላለየ ምኽንያታት ነቲ ዘሎ ዘመናዊ ትክኖሎጂ ከም’ቲ ዝደለ ተጠቂማትሉ ምባል ዘይከኣል እንተኾነ – ነቲ ክትወንኖ እትኽእል ግን ብዝለዓለ ደረጃ ተጠቂማትሉ እያ :: እቲ ቀንዲ መመዝኒ መንፈዓት ከኣ – እንታይ ኣለካ ዘይኮነስ በቲ ዘለካ እንታይ ተጠቂምካ – ስለዝኾነ ዕላማኹም ኣብ ምስራጽ ዘይነዓቕ- ዝድነቕ ዓቅምታትኩም ኣርኢኹም ኢኹም :: ኣብ ቃልሲ ርጉጽ ኮይኑ ዝተመዝገበን ዝምዝገብን ዘሎ :- ኩሉ ንሰላምን ዕርቅን ዝተዓጥቀ ከም ስንቁ ሒዝዎ ዝምርሽ ኣገዳሲ ነጥቢ ድማ – ልዕሊ መሳርሒ :- ድልየትን ፍናን ጽንዓትን እዮ ‘ሞ ዓዋተ እዚ ምውናንኩም የሆና ክብል ፍቀዱለይ ::

    ኣብ ዝኾነ ተረኽቦ ኩሉ ኤርትራዊ ዝሓቶ ሕቶ “ዓዋተ ዶት ኮም ከ እንታይ መርገጽ ኣለዋ ” ዝብል ኮይኑ ምጽንሑ መርኣያ ዘለኩም ማእዘኑ ዘይስሕት ዘገም ግዳ ርጉጽ ጉዕዞ ኮይኑ – እቲ ብተስፋ ክትሰርሕሉ ዝጸናሕኩም ምትእትታውን ምምዕባላን መርበብኩም ደረጃ ብደረጃ – ነቲ ድምጺ ሰላንምን መሰል ደቂ ሰባትን ብዝለዓለ ደረጃ ከምዘግሉሖ ጥርጥር የብሉን :: በርትዑ !

  • A.Osman

    Selamat AT,

    It is good news that you are launching a Paltalk room, it seems it has become popular over the years. I used to frequent it before 2003 and only visited it few times afterwards. If my following comments are not relevant, just ignore as i am out of touch.

    1. After your first session it will be good to fix the days of the week to run the room.
    2. You stated two hours programme and included the “try” word. I suggest a strict time limit is set. Paltalk chat drags on never ending.
    3. I am sure by now people know good formats that work well. Generally you have the main presenter, a queue of people who have something to say and then those texting who at times is difficult to follow.
    4. When I used to admin, I never bounced and did not get why people resort to bouncing. There was something called redtext that you tag on that annoying person who would be prevented from texting, it was so effective in keeping one in control while still participating (only listening). Paltalk would probably have better tools now …I say spending few minutes on learning what’s on store as it will the admin very effective.
    5. An advanced bulletin on this site for proposed programmes will help. Also through the forum future topics may be suggested.
    Am tempted now to visit Paltalk, hopefully like before it is not a place where you risk infecting your pc. Also a question for those who are regular, can you attend a session without using the application. I saw weblinks used before…if there is such option please let us know.

    Good Luck

  • tes

    Dear Awate Readers,

    My dream goes beyond institutionalized Awate. I can see Awate University being established in the foot mountain Adal. This is my greatest dream And of course will be the founding mother of this university.

    In the mean, lets all engage and stretch our helpful hands to launch the first institutionalized


  • Yohannes

    Dear Awatistas,

    This is great news! I was thinking of this project only last week, after I remembered a post I read about such a project, I think, about a year or more back. I have no doubt Awate will excel at this, too, as it has with the website. I always believed in this team and nagged for more. Glad that it is launched, the rest is edey edka.

    • Saleh Johar

      Hello dear Yohannes,

      Thanks for your positive reaction, I believe it is time that we became more aggressive in implementing our plans which remained just a dream because of our timid approach—and of course, we didn’t want anything to come at the expense of running the day to day activities. I believe now is the perfect time because the awareness stage is almost over. It is time for more assertive action and we believe we are ready for that provided the “edey edka” is adhered to. Thank you