Enemay'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: 

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.
  • 3 Citizens Voice and Action and Personal Action Forum Session events were conducted
Child Protection
  • 11 functional child well-being committees were formed
  • 2500 most vulnerable children were given support to address their needs
  • 100 children participated in changing issues that influence their well being
  • 2500 children participated in life skill development activities
  • 250 children attended weekly reading camps
  • 1 school established a child-friendly learning environment
  • 3200 children were engaged in school club activities
  • 200  parents and caregivers attended training in early childhood education and development, guiding them on how to support their young child's growth.
  • 200 parents and caregivers have learned positive child rearing practices
  • 758 children are now attending early learning centers 
  • 240 teachers were trained in active learning methods
  • 1655 community members developed planning skills to improve schools, child care and development
  • 1  church and faith-based group is involved in planning and running child-focused activities, helping improve the well-being of boys and girls.
  • 2 boys and girls took part in faith-based activities, deepening their understanding of God's love for them, others and nature.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 5 water, sanitation and health committees were formed and members fully trained
  • 43  local communities were trained in proper sanitation and no longer had people defecating in open spaces, helping protect more children from diseases.
  • 4  health and hygiene clubs or programmes were established in schools, helping students learn about clean water, hygiene and good sanitation habits.
  • 7 patients were admitted to or visited health facilities with access to a basic handwashing facility
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Explore Enemay

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 Enemay

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.

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 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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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.