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Located in East Africa, Ethiopia is home to 93 million people. Although it has many beautiful mountain ranges and national parks, sadly, Ethiopia is more often known for being one of the poorest countries in the world. Due to a lack of basic services, Ethiopian children suffer from hunger, malnutrition and easily preventable and treatable illnesses such as anemia and worms. In the last two decades, Ethiopia has been affected by major crises including drought, epidemics, displacement and armed conflict.
Child Sponsorship programs in Ethiopia
Save the Children first began delivering humanitarian assistance in Ethiopia in 1984. Over the last 30 years, our work has grown to include community-based development programs designed to create sustainable improvements in the health, education and well-being of children.
Working with families, children and communities to empower them to create lasting change for future generations is an essential part of Child Sponsorship programming in Ethiopia.Save the Children staff design and implement programs that address their specific needs and work across the following four core areas:
Early Childhood Care and Development
Supporting children during their early years is critical to breaking the cycle of poverty. Children who participate in Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) activities are more likely to make significant intellectual and social gains later in life than children who can’t access these types of programs. In Ethiopia, we implement programs to support the cognitive, psychosocial and physical development of young children, and provide a healthy and positive foundation for success in primary school and later in life. We also work with parents and communities to increase their involvement in children’s learning and development.
Save the Children’s basic education initiatives in Ethiopia include training and capacity building for teachers, building and renovating schools, providing educational materials and promoting child-friendly policies. Special attention is paid to educating girls and the community about their rights.
School Health and Nutrition
With the motto “learn to be healthy and be healthy to learn,” our School Health and Nutrition programs work with Ethiopia’s education systems to deliver basic health services and promote life-long nutrition and hygiene habits. De-worming and iron tablets, clean water and sanitation initiatives, and health education improve the well-being of children and keep them in school. They give children the energy and skills they need to learn and succeed.
In Ethiopia, we work with young people to improve their health and well-being. In particular, our Adolescent Development programs focus on HIV/Aids prevention, and reproductive and sexual health. We organise youth clubs for adolescents to learn about and promote healthy behaviours and develop leadership and social skills. We also run training in farming practices, livestock management and care, and the provision of small loans to create and expand small businesses.