Hidhabu Abote

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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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.
  • 234 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 80 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 16 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 772 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 80 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 16 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 6 children with disabilities were supported with medical care, accessibility upgrades and equipment
  • 122 preschool children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 25 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 5 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 7,040 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 150 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 4 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
  • 20 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 100 parents and caregivers learned how to provide proper nutrition to their children and protect them from diseases
  • 100 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 100 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 15 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 100 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 20 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 1 savings group is helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 8,935 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources
  • 21 water sources are providing access to safe water and protecting children and families against waterborne diseases
  • 1,135 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy

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current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

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!