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Awate 2020: Project Survey

Introducing Awate 2020 Project
Project end date: June 10, 2015

Dear all,

As you all know, is in its fifteenth year of uninterrupted service in the struggle for the betterment of Eritrea. Over the years, we have accumulated experience, goodwill, and morale equity. At this juncture of our history, we are determined to steer our operations to a new direction, and towards what we envision would be in the year 2020. In the meantime, we will continue playing our 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. Alas, due to lack of resources, including funds and manpower, our ideas remained a dream, a plan on paper that never crossed to the area of implementation.

It is very clear to us that many people endorse our activities and positions, while some do not agree with what we do, and still others are totally opposed to our activities and the positions that we take. Over the years we have been listening to diverse ideas and suggestions in a casual manner. But now, as we plan to start implementing our plans that were delayed for so many years, and embark on a new phase of expansion, we believe it is very essential that we solicit your input and listen to suggestions from individuals with diverse views.

We have listed 30 prominent people, some are experts in such projects, and others are people we trust will have a significant contribution to the success of Awate 2020. You have been identified as one of such people whose feedback we value, and thus we welcome the opportunity to hear from you. We will let you know about future developments and activities as we intend to make this note public to solicit feedback from a wider audience. Until then, we kindly ask you to send us your feedback on the form attached below–feel free to add separate pages if you so wish.

Our plans include the following:

  1. Establishing an institution under the goal: Awate 2020.
    2. The institutionalized Awate 2020 will be structured to include the following four units: a) think-tank, b) research and consultancy, c) media, and d) publishing.
    3. The structure will have a board of trustees/board of directors.
    4. Operations will be formally incorporated and will publish annual reports and disclosure of audited financial statements.

We plan to achieve the above objectives by June 2015.

As a first step, we have enlisted the pro bono assistance of a management consultant to conduct an independent and comprehensive review of our current position, to enable us to develop a clear work plan for the vision that will take us to the year 2020 in terms of Structure, Operations, Fiscal Capacity, Succession, and Governance.

This review is being supplemented by a self-assessment review to inform the strategic vision development plan and process that would ensure that awate2020 is well-positioned to build on the mission inherited from, (“Inform, Inspire, Embolden, and Reconcile”) to remain committed to effecting meaningful change in our region and contribute towards sustaining it beyond the fall of the dictatorship in Eritrea.

We are in the process of hold several teleconferences, meetings, and e-mail communication with different people to further develop our plans. So far, we have received feedback from a few solicited people and are compiling it.

Today we are soliciting your time to answer questions contained in the survey that you can access through the following:


Thank you
For Awate 2020 Project

About Saleh "Gadi" Johar

Born and raised in Keren, Eritrea, now a US citizen residing in California, Mr. Saleh “Gadi” Johar is founder and publisher of Author of Miriam was Here, Of Kings and Bandits, and Simply Echoes. Saleh is acclaimed for his wealth of experience and knowledge in the history and politics of the Horn of Africa. A prominent public speaker and a researcher specializing on the Horn of Africa, he has given many distinguished lectures and participated in numerous seminars and conferences around the world. Activism was founded by Saleh “Gadi” Johar and is administered by the Awate Team and a group of volunteers who serve as the website’s advisory committee. The mission of is to provide Eritreans and friends of Eritrea with information that is hidden by the Eritrean regime and its surrogates; to provide a platform for information dissemination and opinion sharing; to inspire Eritreans, to embolden them into taking action, and finally, to lay the groundwork for reconciliation whose pillars are the truth. Miriam Was Here This book that was launched on August 16, 2013, is based on true stories; in writing it, Saleh has interviewed dozens of victims and eye-witnesses of Human trafficking, Eritrea, human rights, forced labor.and researched hundreds of pages of materials. The novel describes the ordeal of a nation, its youth, women and parents. It focuses on violation of human rights of the citizens and a country whose youth have become victims of slave labor, human trafficking, hostage taking, and human organ harvesting--all a result of bad governance. The main character of the story is Miriam, a young Eritrean woman; her father Zerom Bahta Hadgembes, a veteran of the struggle who resides in America and her childhood friend Senay who wanted to marry her but ended up being conscripted. Kings and Bandits Saleh “Gadi” Johar tells a powerful story that is never told: that many "child warriors" to whom we are asked to offer sympathies befitting helpless victims and hostages are actually premature adults who have made a conscious decision to stand up against brutality and oppression, and actually deserve our admiration. And that many of those whom we instinctively feel sympathetic towards, like the Ethiopian king Emperor Haile Sellassie, were actually world-class tyrants whose transgressions would normally be cases in the World Court. Simply Echoes A collection of romantic, political observations and travel poems; a reflection of the euphoric years that followed Eritrean Independence in 1991.

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  • Abel

    You forgot the 2%

  • Mizan

    Hilarious. Well maybe you shouldn’t pay your 2% taxes and divert that for something else. Well, at least your rent is affordable because here in the US affordable housing is defined as 30% of your monthly gross income and most people top 50% easily. You probably don’t own a car but here a car is like a necessity but expensive to own for obvious reasons. So I am betting your dollars in Sweden go a little farther than here but I am have to admit your taxes are hefty, damn socialists.

    • sara

      Dear, they get most of the social services free… school,health,and yearly vacation of 30+ days
      maternity leave upto a year and more. its weird they even send convicted criminals vacation on a cruise liner.indeed damn socialists! compare that with those of us who pay 2% and we don’t get that much and still we are not capitalists.

  • Mizan

    I encourage all Awatistas to stop commenting on that thread which has accumulated over 700 comments. Let’s switch directions. Please help the team and complete the survey. Very straightforward 22 questions.

  • AOsman


    Please check #14…the last should be a NO

    14.Would you like to see Tigrinya and Arabic sections on

    I don’t care/I don’t know