Enemay

The needs in Enemay

Education
Only three in five children in Enemay are enrolled in primary school, and fewer than half attend secondary school. Many children are taken out of school or choose to leave so they can work to support the family income. Quality of education is poor and buildings are substandard, which contribute to low enrollment.

Health Care
It is a struggle to find quality medical care in Enemay because travel time to the nearest health clinic is almost two hours by foot. Common health problems for children include parasites, diarrhea, and malaria, which can become life-threatening when a child is malnourished.

Food
Families in Enemay struggle to feed their children with low crop yields. Poor soil management and deforestation decreases soil fertility, leading to soil erosion and thus impacting the ability to grow nutritious food. Also, families follow labour-intensive, low-productivity traditional practices to grow grains like teff, rice, and millet. Beyond agriculture, families have few options for generating income.

HIV & AIDS
HIV is on the rise and threatening to leave a generation of orphans. Community knowledge on how to prevent infection is low, as there are only two counseling and testing centres in the region.

Water and Sanitation
Less than half of the households in Enemay have access to safe water. Many families get their drinking water from unprotected sources such as rivers, springs and ponds, exposing children to waterborne diseases.

To get safe water, women and girls must walk significant distances, which means that girls often miss out on attending school. Only one in 10 households has a proper latrine, and unsafe disposal of waste continues to contribute to the spread of disease.
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Enemay'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: 


Enemay (En-eh-my) is a community with a population of about 250,000, located 265 kilometres northwest of Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. Enemay's geography consists of plains, mountains and gorges. More than 70% of the land is cultivated and the rest is pasture or bush land. Less than half of the community is accessible by road. Telephone service is available in the town centre, along with the region's single post office and bank.

In this community, men are considered breadwinners and women are responsible for all the household duties. It is encouraging that community members who belong to a single ethnic group " the Amhara " have lived in peace for many years. Children in Enemay have not been exposed to major conflict.
  • 55 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 11 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 231 survivors of violence received support to help them cope with the trauma and recover
  • 55 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 11 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 2,500 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 4,108 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 20 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities               
  • 500 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 3 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
  • 2,250 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources
  • 6 water sources are providing access to safe water and protecting children and families against waterborne diseases
  • 120 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 9 people were trained on how to repair and maintain water sources, ensuring safe water access for children and families

Explore Enemay

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

Enemay,  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.