The community of Jeju is graduating

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Jeju’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 Jeju get there. Thank you! 

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

Child Protection
  • 10 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 50 young people are participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
  • 6 children survivors of abuse received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
  • 60 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 65 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 10 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 10 children who dropped out of school were reintegrated to the education system with the help of local volunteers
  • 2,868 children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 1,460 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
  • 1,640 people harvested nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens
  • 3 gardens are in place for community members to grow fresh produce, improving children's access to healthy food
  • 42 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 684 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2018 to September 2019

Explore Jeju

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

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!