Child Protection and Participation Department strives to create a safe, protective and enabling environment for boys, girls, women and people with disability within World Vision Ethiopia and its operational areas. Our programing approach aims at prevention and response to incidents of child abuse, neglect, exploitation and all forms of violence and restoration of hope and dignity for survivors through provision of mental health and psycho-social support.
Our programmatic interventions center on transforming social norms, attitudes and behaviors affecting the wellbeing of children, women and people with disability through awareness raising and capacity building. Insuring child participation and strengthening existing systems that protect children and women are also other focus areas of the department. Currently Child Protection and Participation programme is implemented in 23 area programmes operating in development and emergency areas. So far 825,491 beneficiaries in development interventions and 521,406 beneficiaries in emergency situations have been addressed.
World Vision Ethiopia’s contribution on education reached and benefited over 4.9 million children. WVE undertook extensive investment primarily focusing on constructing elementary and secondary schools, providing school materials to vulnerable children and training school teachers. Since 2015, the Education and Life Skills technical programme made a strategic shift from infrastructure development to innovative education models such as Early Childhood Development, Unlock Literacy, and basic Education School Improvement Programme which focus on children’s software skill development.
The effort was mainly aimed at contributing to the nation’s effort in rendering access to education through improving the quality of education and life skill for children aged between 3 to 14 years old. In this regard, the programme has planned to reach an estimated 6.2 million children and 2.5 million men and women over its current strategic period. The program has a dictum that fit to this spirit – “Focus where LEARNING begins!”
Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs
Ethiopia is amongst the developing countries most vulnerable to natural and manmade disasters. Conflict, desert locust invasion, recurrent climatic shocks such as floods and droughts, and the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19 are the key drivers of humanitarian needs in Ethiopia. Through Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs programmes, we reach children of all backgrounds even in the most dangerous places and our emergency workers go to remote and unreachable areas to provide the ultimate support for children and families in need.
We are committed to helping children have a fulfilled life through our integrated approaches which Include emergency water and sanitation, healthcare, education, protection, food assistance, livelihood, and shelter. Following World Vision’s disaster management standards, we are responding to three Category III (CAT III) declared emergencies in Oromia, Tigray, Afar, Amhara, SNNP, Sidama, Somali and Benshangul Gumuz. These declarations are Sustained Humanitarian Response (May 2022 to April 2023), Northern Ethiopia Crisis Response (November 2021 to December 2022), and Global Hunger Response (April 2022 to March 2023).
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
The genesis of World Vision Ethiopia WASH Program has been tracked back to the age of World Vision in Ethiopia, where it has been implemented with different modalities under different technical programs, though, most of the intervention was focused on water before 2007/8; then followed with Water and Sanitation interventions until the full Water, Sanitation and Hygiene program interventions started in 2011. The WASH program has demonstrated a series of improvement and contributed significantly to the sector by addressing children in need and their families.
Currently, World Vision strategy, organizational commitment and the planned investment from 2021-2025 of WASH business plan developed in support of sustainable development goal 6 (SDG-6) clean water and sanitation for all. We believe every child deserve and has the right to use clean water and live in sanitary and hygienic environment. World Vision WASH program focused on providing sustainable clean water, dignified sanitation and healthy hygiene practices at community, and institutions level across all regions focused in 49 area programs. We also introduced innovative WASH technologies such as solar powered water supply systems at community and institutions, WASH-NTD interventions, Menstrual Health & Hygiene (MHH) Interventions at School, and WASH Business Center Initiatives.
Livelihood and Resilience
The Integrated Livelihoods and Nutrition Security Technical Program (ILaNS TP) is envisioned to address food and nutrition insecurity among the community through integration of the interdependent programs that include Resilient Agriculture and Environmental Sustainability, Economic Development, and Integrated Nutrition. Hence, ILaNS TP is intentionally designed to address the multifaceted problems of food and nutrition insecurity among Families and the community in World Vision Ethiopia operational areas and effectively contribute to the well-being of children. ILaNS aims at Improving resilience capacity within World Vision Ethiopia operation areas by addressing the causal factors. This will be realized through interventions that contribute to increased availability of nutritious food, increase and diversify income to access nutritious food and health services, increase intake of nutritious food by children under 5 as well as Pregnant and lactating women, and improve nutritional behaviors among community members.
The program targeted smallholder subsistence farmers, community-based groups, cooperatives, unemployed and most vulnerable groups, and government institutions through the integration of interdependent programs. Moreover, ILaNS addresses cross-cutting issues by promoting women’s economic empowerment, environmental sensitivity of development interventions, disaster risk reduction, resilience building, and consideration for inclusion of the most vulnerable children as well as people with disabilities.