World Vision Ethiopia Launches another 11 million USD Development Project.

World Vision Ethiopia celebrated its successful accomplishment of the Ethiopian Fighting Against Child Exploitation (E-FACE) project worth over 11 million USD development project and officially launched the project entitled Engaged, Educated, Empowered, Ethiopian Youth (E4Y) project worth of over 11 million USD on December 8, 2015 at Radison Blue hotel, Addis Ababa.

The newly launched The E4Y project aims to address exploitative child labor in Ethiopia by promoting education and vocational training opportunities and enhancing livelihoods opportunities and access to social protection programs for youth and their households.

Speaking on the occasion National Director of World Vision Ethiopia, Mr. Sean Kerrigan said: “The project is all about improving the lives of the most vulnerable youth.  It is an integral part of World Vision Ethiopia’s (WVE) focus on child well-being.” “This follows successful implementation of the Ethiopian Fighting Against Child Exploitation (E-FACE) project worth over 11 million USD development project in Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region and the Addis Ababa City Administration funded by United States Department of Labor (USDOL). Together with our partners we continue to build on what we have learned as we look towards the future,” he added.

His Excellency Mr. Abdul Fatah Abdulahi, Minister of Ministry of Labor & Social Affairs on his part said “As we celebrate our joint successes in implementing E-FACE, I look forward for the advent of Engaged, Educated, Empowered, Ethiopian Youth (E4Y) project. The government of Ethiopia is committed to support World Vision in implementing Engaged, Educated, Empowered Ethiopian Youth (E4Y) Project.”

Her Excellency Amb. Patricia Haslach, Ambassador of the United States to Ethiopia on the launching event said, “Today is an especially important day because together with World Vision Ethiopia we are marking the successful completion of the “Ethiopians Fighting Against Child Exploitation (E-FACE)” project and the launching of the follow-on “Engaged, Educated, Empowered, Ethiopian Youth (E4Y)” project.  

The four years project which is funded by United States Department of Labor (USDOL) is expected to reach 12,000 youth (54% girls & 3.3% children with disability), 7,500 Households and 10,000 non-target youth in Amhara and the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Regional Sates.

At the end of the event beneficiaries from the E-FACE project gave their testimonies to the attendants and gave their gratitude for World Vision Ethiopia and its partners.