This report has been produced through committed support from various stakeholders during
the different stages of the study process. First of all, I want to thank the staff of the Council of Nationalities, ILCHSN for their invitation for me to engage in this work and for their encouragement during the work process. I want to thank the Director of the Institute, Ato Gebrekirstos Nuriye, for his kind facilitation of the work.
The contributions of the staff and officials of the Ţambaaro
Administration was particularly very significant. The passionate and committed interest of the community members in the fulfillment of this study was very heartening. I, therefore, extend my utmost appreciation and thanks to these various individuals. Three staff members, namely, Ato Desalegn, Ato Girma and Ato Haile- Mariam from the
Administration were particularly very helpful and cooperative during our fieldwork. Their tireless and standby services to our work have realized the fruition of this work. Thank you very much. I want to thank staff members from the Institute, Ato Assefa Abate, my research assistant, and Ato Nigusu, my assistant for photographic and videographic recordings, for their committed contributions. Finally, I thank all other individuals who in one way or another contributed to the fulfillment of this study project. Zerihun D. Doffana, Assistant Professor November 2009, Hawassa, Ethiopia