Saving changes lives and communities in Keraka village
Saving groups are transforming families and opening up economic opportunities for families, empowering them to better provide for their children.
World Vision continues saving lives of thousands of internally displaced people
Since the onset of IDPs crisis in Gedeo zone of the South Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region and Guji Oromos in Oromia Regions in April 2018 WVE has been responding through WASH, Livelihoods and Food Security, Health and Nutrition, Education and Protection in order to save lives and ensure subsequent recovery of IDPs and returnees.
WV Ethiopia intervenes in six health centers in Kochere and Gedeb districts as part of the multi-sectoral lifesaving response reaching 46,800 beneficiaries. The response is meant to address the heath, nutrition, and WASH needs of children, pregnant and breast feeding mothers of IDPs, returnees, and host communities.
Ethiopia is one of the fastest growing economies of the world, with annual growth of 10% on average for the last 11 consecutive years. The current population is estimated at over 100 million; more than half of whom are youth.
Despite the current economic advances, recurrent drought with erratic annual rainfall, traditional ways of farming and unstable political and economic conditions remain a challenge for many families. Still today, nearly 36 million children in Ethiopia are poor and lack access to basic social services.
In Ethiopia, World Vision works together and alongside the governmental and non-governmental actors in an effort to improve the well-being of the most vulnerable children and their families to ensure all children have the opportunity to thrive.
Saving for Transformation
In Ethiopia, 85% of the population lives in rural areas where financial services are scarce. Village saving and loan associations (a group of 10-20 self-selected individuals who agree to save a certain amount of money each week and loan to each other when the need arises) are one way of addressing financial constraints and food security issues. Currently, there are more than 75,000 families helping each other through 3,847 savings groups.
Running with Purpose
Nearly 100 World Vision Ethiopia staff, including the National Director, Mr. Edward Brown, took part in the 18th Ethiopian Great Run: a 10 km run, advocating for the end of child marriage in Ethiopia.
This year’s run, themed: “Empower Girls Now; they are the next leaders!” had more than 45,000 participants.
“We can run fast alone but we can run far together,” said Mr. Brown after finishing the run, emphasizing the importance of working together.
It Takes a World
Ethiopia is known as a hotspot for child marriage. Our teams have been implementing various projects to address the root causes of child marriage.