World Vision launches 'Chosen' in Ethiopia
The 'Chosen' initiative is a new child sponsorship approach that enables children to choose their sponsors rather than the other way around. World Vision recently launched this initiative in Dembia District (Amhara Region), where over 140 children got to choose their sponsors.
To learn more about 'Chosen' across the world, click here.
Advocacy and public awareness to limit the spread of COVID-19
World Vision continues to respond to COVID-19 across Ethiopia through interventions focused on limiting the spread of the virus and reducing its impact on vulnerable children and families.
In West Guji Zone, we have reached over 300,000 people through mass public awareness campaigns and distribution of Information, Education & Communication (IEC) materials on the virus.
Over 624,000 IDPs and returnees receive emergency food aid to cushion the blow of COVID-19
World Vision has provided 21,154 MT of food commodities in two rounds to internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees in 21 Districts of Oromia, as well as the Southern Nations and Nationalities regions. Following the advent of COVID-19, we have effected a double rationing system with a view to limiting the spread of the virus by restricting people to stay at home.
World Vision mobilizes for COVID-19 mitigation and response
World Vision announced it has designated over US$ 1.7 million (more than 57 million Ethiopian Birr) from long-term child sponsorship funding for potential use at kebele, community and even household levels based on local needs and requests for prevention and mitigating the impact of COVID-19, particularly on children.
Meseret Tabia gets new water facilities
World Vision Ethiopia inaugurated a 12 million worth water project that includes a deep well, two reservoirs, and 11 kilometer pipeline meant to provide clean water for over 10,000 people at Enderta district in Tigray Region.
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.
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.