Hidhabu Abote

The community of Hidhabu Abote is graduating

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Hidhabu Adote’s community is making strong progress toward caring for all its children, not just those who are sponsored. They are now transitioning to self-sufficiency. Together with other Canadians, you’ve played an important part in helping Hidhabu Adote get there. Thank you!

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Hidhabu Abote has transformed. Children and families are much stronger now. The community has met its goals, and its members are working together to tackles new ones. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come.

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.
People in Hidhabu Adote are celebrating that they are now empowered to move forward without World Vision’s presence. Here are some of the accomplishments:

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

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

The needs in Hidhabu Abote

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!