Hidhabu Abote

Hidhabu Abote's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

The Hidhabu Abote (pronounced Hida-boo Ab-oh-tey) community is located almost 150 kilometres north of Ethiopia's capital city, Addis Ababa. About 75,000 people live in the community, of whom about 98% are Christian. Hidhabu Abote is characterised by mountain ranges in the west, as well as midland and lowland areas.

The Hidhabu Abote community is located in one of the poorest regions in the country. People there depend largely on subsistence farming, growing cereals and crops like lentils and beans, while also raising livestock. This livelihood is threatened by growing food insecurity. Most families trying to make a living through farming face challenges such as recurrent drought, while traditional farming practices contribute to soil erosion and poor crops. A mere 3% of families in the Hidhabu Abote community have access to a safe water supply.
Child Protection
  • 182 children engaged in child labour were supported to ensure they are protected from harm and have access to education
  • 3,817 children participated in campaigns to educate the public about child rights and safety
  • 30 children survivors of abuse received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
  • 50 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 58 children were rescued from early marriage thanks to the child protection systems established by the community
  • 11,500 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
  • 150 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 160 children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 5 schools were renovated to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 5,064 children were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 20 community groups are teaching children and families to prevent disasters and protect themselves in times of crisis
  • 1,685 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 114 parents learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished
  • 2 health facilities were improved with renovations to better care for children and families
  • 20 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 1 savings group is helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 20 young people are part of savings groups, helping them save money and learn about personal finance
  • 293 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 8,200 fruit trees were supplied to families, enabling them to harvest fresh food with essential nutrients to eat or sell
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 3 new water sources are providing access to safe water, protecting children against waterborne diseases
  • 3,890 children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources
  • 4,340 community members are benefitting from improved latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 500 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 868 new latrines are granting families better access to sanitation and helping to protect children from illness
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2018 to September 2019

Explore Hidhabu Abote

current conditions

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The needs in Hidhabu Abote

More than 43% cent of school-aged children in Hidhabu Abote are not in school. Low levels of literacy, poor enrolment, and dropout rates of over 20% mean that many children are either not in school, or behind in their schooling. Some children are forced to leave school because their parents have no choice but to have them work to boost household income.

More than 91% of the community is illiterate, with few accessing education opportunities. That limits parents ability to help support their children's education, and often means that parents do not understand the importance of continued schooling.

Health Care
The biggest challenge to overall health is the lack of potable water. 97% of the community is accessing water from springs that are not protected. Children often drink unsafe water, leaving them susceptible to waterborne diseases that cause diarrhea. Poorly nourished children are even more at risk. This situation is also worsened because few children have been immunized and there are few health facilities to provide care and treatment.

Families in Hidhabu Abote have a hard time growing enough food to feed their children. They face many challenges to productivity, including poor soil fertility, lack of rain, poor farming practices, and high temperatures. They also experience loss of crops to wild animals, pests, and diseases.

Livestock play a crucial role in families' day-to-day life, as they provide milk, meat, and hides to sell or use at home. Families have not had the opportunity to develop other sources of food and income, which means that they are vulnerable during times of water shortages.

HIV and AIDS is now the leading cause of death among young adults in the country. The number of orphaned children has steadily increased, and any families that are taking in orphaned children are already struggling to survive.

HIV continues to spread in the Hidhabu Abote community because most people do not know how the disease is spread and have not learned how to protect themselves. People are often forced to move frequently to larger towns to find work, which means they are more vulnerable to the spread of the disease.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Hidhabu Abote,  is in Phase 3

PHASE 3: Enhance sustainability

Children and families enjoy improved living conditions. They're ready to become independent and continue the work you helped start. We invite you to help another child and community!