Working With Children in Ethiopia

The economy of Ethiopia has been one of Africa’s most robust for the past decade, but a severe drought last year devastated food supplies for its 96 million citizens. In the face of this food and water crisis, World Vision committed to digging wells, maintaining water sources and helping farmers cultivate as much food as possible.

Our work in Ethiopia contributes to the well-being of vulnerable children in partnership with churches, civil society and the government. Initiatives include education, food security, health, HIV and AIDS support and water and sanitation. All programs are implemented with the goal of addressing the basic needs of children in Ethiopia while building the resilience of families and communities.

Your impact in Ethiopia

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • 9,183 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation
  • 5,000 children in Ethiopia received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 198 child and adult victims of abuse or exploitation received counselling and resources to help them recover
  • 35 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.

  • Access to safe water supplies increased with extended pipelines and new borehole wells. We equipped water management committees to ensure that water sources are properly maintained
  • 32,150 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources
  • 573 latrines in homes, schools or the community are providing improved access to sanitation for children and families
  • 13 health centres were improved with renovations, medical equipment or supplies to better care for families and children in Ethiopia.
Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

  • 737 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 271 clubs are in place for children and youths to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 3,862 children and youths were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 4,005 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • Community members learned how our savings groups can help increase their income and provide for their children’s essential needs such as school and medical expenses
  • 25 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 4,521 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families
  • 195 adults received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income

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