The community of Jeju has graduated


Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.
In 2020, the community transitioned from sponsorship to self-sufficiency and World Vision is no longer on site. Because of the dedication and partnership of Canadians like you, local people and organizations have been equipped to continue leading the community’s development – and that is something to celebrate!  

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Jeju 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 Jeju community is located southeast of the capital city of Addis Ababa. It is home to more than 17,790 families, 60% of which are considered to be the “poorest of the poor." The annual income in Jeju is only one-tenth of the national average. There are two major ethnic groups in the area, the Oromo and Amhara, with the Oromiffa language most frequently spoken.

The Jeju community is characterised by three land features: a highland area, the mid-highlands, and the lowlands. In the high and medium altitudes, farmers grow a mixture of cereals, vegetables, oil seeds, sugar cane, and coffee. Pastoral farming occurs in the lowlands. Unfortunately, Jeju experiences frequent droughts and famines which severely impact farming production and people's livelihoods. Families are often forced to migrate in search of water, making long-term improvements a challenge in many areas of the community.
Thanks to the generosity of Canadian sponsors like you, life in Jeju has improved. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come. Let’s celebrate these accomplishments!

  • 4,904 children are benefitting from additional schools and classrooms
  • 25 Early Childhood Development Centers were established, benefiting 2,868 children
  • Number of schools increased from 25 to 52 since the beginning of the program
  • 17 additional classroom blocks and 10 latrine blocks were constructed
Child Protection
  • 98% of children feel safe in their community
  • Child parliaments were established in 45 schools helping fight violence against children and child abuse
  • Child protection training was provided to 25 Community Based Organizations and 45 school child parliaments
  • 87% of faith leaders are actively involved in tackling child wellbeing being issues
Health and Nutrition
  • Proportion of births in hospitals increased from 6% to 85%.
  • Constructed 9 health posts and provided facilities with medicine, laboratory equipment and furniture.
  • Proportion of children fully immunized increased from 47 % to 96% since the beginning of the program
  • Proportion of sanitation coverage increased from 4% to 86% since the beginning of the program
  • The number of health facilities increased from 5 to 30, improving access to health services from 50% to 90% since the beginning of the program

*Results for this community updated for 2020

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current conditions

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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Jeju,  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!