Jeju'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: 2016

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.
  • 358 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation.
  • 218 children and youth learned about their rights, how to voice their opinions, and ways to protect themselves from harm.
  • 82 child and adult victims of abuse or exploitation received counselling and resources to help them recover.
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions.
  • 1,250 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms.
  • 16 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students.
  • 93 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children.
  • 1,196 preschool children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education.
  • 358 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of education and how to support their child's learning.
  • 1,379 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps.
  • 71 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities.
  • 730 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication.
  • 9 health centres were improved with renovations, medical equipment or supplies to better care for children and families.
  • 15 water sources are providing access to safe water and protecting children and families against waterborne diseases.
  • 21,150 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources.
  • 2 latrines in the community are providing improved access to sanitation for children and families.
  • 1,219 people including children are benefitting from latrines and have better access to sanitation.
  • 4,534 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy.
  • 23 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses.
  • 460 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans.
  • 1,506 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families.
  • 120 children and adults received nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens.
  • 12 gardens are in place to help families, community groups or schools provide nutritious food for children.
  • 1,112 farm animals were distributed to families, providing a better means to take care of their children.

Explore Jeju

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 Jeju

Children often drop out of school because they are too sick to attend, or have to work to help provide an income for their families. Existing classrooms are in great need of repair and school supplies are scarce. Teachers have not had the chance to become truly qualified in order to provide the best possible education to their students.

Health Care
The majority of illnesses in the community are preventable. Poor housing conditions and a lack of insecticide treated mosquito nets are mainly responsible for the prevalence of malaria, the leading cause of infant deaths. Health clinics are accessible but in poor condition, and lack well-trained staff. These centres also do not have sufficient medicine or supplies.

The most significant challenge in Jeju is the availability of nutritious food, especially during times of drought. Farms lack dependable irrigation systems, so when drought hits, crops fail, and farmers struggle to produce food. Families are forced to cut down trees, shrubs and bushes for firewood, damaging the soil quality and therefore impacting crops grown in the area. Inadequate grazing land and water for livestock makes it difficult to keep animals alive and well. Livestock disease is common, so children do not always have access to a dependable source of food and nutrition.

Jeju lacks the social infrastructure and the means to help families in which parents have fallen ill and can no longer provide income. This has led to an increase in vulnerable children. In 2007, there were over 6,200 orphans and vulnerable children living in Jeju. Young children are often left to care for their dying elders, and the incidence of child-headed households is rising, as older siblings drop out of school to work and care for younger siblings.

About 50% of people living in Jeju have little knowledge about HIV and AIDS. This lack of education and understanding of how HIV is spread and can be prevented against only increases the risk of contracting the disease.

Water and Sanitation
As safe drinking water is rare in many areas of the community, many families rely on unclean water from unprotected rivers, springs, and ponds. This leads to health problems like diarrhea, intestinal parasites, and eye disease. Most households have traditional pit latrines that are poorly maintained and dirty, posing significant health risks. Basic sanitation practices are also lacking.
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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!