Tulo'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

While Ethiopia is predominantly Christian, sponsored children live mostly in the rural Muslim community of Tulo, about 368 kilometres east of the capital city of Addis Ababa. People in Tulo have become adept at raising livestock and depend largely on subsistence farming to make a living, but their livelihood is threatened by growing food insecurity.

Much of the rugged terrain in the area is unproductive, and crop yields are failing to keep up with population growth, which means children often do not have enough to eat. Recurrent drought and traditional farming practices contribute to deforestation and erosion, which further harms food production. Few of Tulo's families have access to a safe water supply or proper sanitation facilities.
  • 19 child and adult victims of abuse or exploitation received counselling and resources to help them recover.
  • 33 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions.
  • 120 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms.
  • 30 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children.
  • 2,000 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps.
  • 40 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities.
  • 100 parents and caregivers learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished.
  • 100 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy.
  • 100 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families.
  • 4,141 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families.
  • 500 children and adults received nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens.
  • 100 gardens are in place to help families, community groups or schools provide nutritious food for children.
  • 300 farm animals were distributed to families, providing a better means to take care of their children.
  • 31 community groups are teaching children and families to prevent disasters and protect themselves in times of crisis.

Explore Tulo

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 Tulo

Children find it difficult to study and learn in Tulo because of the shortage of qualified teachers, low teacher morale, and a lack of equipment. There are 12 primary schools in Tulo but the dropout rate is 10%, and only 64% of children in the community are enrolled. The secondary school has declining enrolment, particularly for girls.

Some families cannot afford to make school a priority. Fees are often too costly, and the immediate concerns of survival come first. As a result, many children spend hours looking for food and gathering water to help their families, and they have no choice but to neglect their studies.

Health Care
Widespread poverty and a lack of community awareness keep many people in Tulo from seeking medical treatment. Overstretched health posts and clinics, which are themselves poorly furnished, short of medicine and supplies, and understaffed, cannot meet the needs of Tulo's people. As a result, many choose to visit traditional healers instead. Children, particularly those younger than five years old, are often victims of acute respiratory infections, diarrhea, intestinal parasites, eye and skin diseases, and gastritis.

Further compounding the health picture is Tulo's HIV prevalence rate of 4%, which is higher than the national average. The discrimination and stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS mean that many people do not get the care they so desperately need. Often, children do not receive appropriate education about how to avoid HIV infection, which leaves them vulnerable to engaging in risky behaviours.

Outdated agricultural practices, erratic rainfall, a lack of irrigation, animal diseases, and a lack of veterinary care are all threatening food security in Tulo. As a result, children are not getting enough nutritious food nor a variety of healthy foods, and are at risk of malnutrition. Mirroring the situation in wider Ethiopia, many children in the community under the age of five are moderately to severely underweight, and suffer from stunted growth.

Water and Sanitation
Clean water is a major challenge in the community of Tulo. Only 12% of the population have access to a safe water source. There is one borehole, but it is not functioning. People get most of their water from unprotected sources such as rivers and hand-dug wells, making children particularly susceptible to waterborne diseases.

Economic Development
About 42% of rural families in Tulo do not have their own land, and must try to survive by working for other farmers, renting farmland, or engaging in other activities such as small-scale trading. Beyond agriculture, other income-generating activities in Tulo are rare.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Tulo,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.