Tulo's Community News

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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: 

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.
Child Protection
  • 2100 boys and girls received birth certificates, allowing them to assert their rights as citizens.
  • 6  children's groups formed, giving boys and girls the opportunity to share their opinions and work together to address issues in their lives.
  • 75  women and men learned about child safety and protection issues, helping to change attitudes and behaviours to better protect girls and boys.
  • 12 organizations providing services for people with disabilities received training to build capacity
  • 48  parents and community members learned about child protection issues, creating a safer environment where children can learn and grow.
  • 100 children participated in changing issues that influence their well being
  • 1 functional community-based child protection committee is in place
  • 138 parents or caregivers were sensitized on appropriate child discipline
  • 12 community or national level authorities actively involved in ending violence against children
  • 1 child birth registration structure, system and technology strengthened
  • 100 community members reached through birth registration awareness activities
  • 100 children participated in child protection interventions 
  • 600 most vulnerable children were given support to address their needs
  • 12 functional child well-being committees were formed
  • 138 orphans and vulnerable children, aged 0-17, received free basic support 
  • 2548 children participated in life skill development activities
  • 110 reading materials are now available for children in structured learning environments
  • 118 community members developed planning skills to improve schools, child care and development
  • 1  workshop taught faith leaders how to address issues like HIV and AIDS, gender equality, health or child safety, engaging them to improve the community.
  • 120 boys and girls took part in faith-based activities, deepening their understanding of God's love for them, others and nature.
  • 6  churches and faith-based groups are involved in planning and running child-focused activities, helping improve the well-being of boys and girls.
  • 75  faith leaders are now able to run parenting workshops, helping more parents to build positive, supportive and loving family relationships.
  • 305 households now have access to improved agricultural technologies
  • 33 community groups trained in disaster risk reduction
  • 210 people trained in business development service and new business started after the training
  • 480  community members learned how to manage their household's finances, helping them understand and develop strategies to manage family income and expenses.
  • 24  savings groups are active, providing community members with a local place to save money regularly, earn interest and access loans.
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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.