Challenges Facing Ethiopia

Despite development progress overall, Ethiopia’s girls face educational inequities while their mothers confront income barriers.

Educational inequities for Ethiopian girls persist. Currently, just 38% of girls and young women age 15 to 24 are literate, compared to 62% of males the same age. Agricultural livelihoods remain largely out of reach for Ethiopia’s women, as ownership of land is traditionally granted only to men. As a result, women-headed families, in particular, struggle to earn an income. Rates of malnutrition and water-borne disease, especially among orphans and vulnerable children, are high. Fewer than 1 in 4 Ethiopians have access to clean, safe water. Ethiopia is one of the most food-insecure countries in the world with nearly half the population undernourished, despite the country’s top standing as a food producer.
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CFTC Beneficiaries 20,115 children and 12,494 adults

Where We Are Going

Women farming in Ethiopia

Harvesting carrots. Women part of an EDA-supported agricultural group, Ethiopia © CFTC 2012

Quality education and good livelihoods for all in Ethiopia.

Income generation – through both agricultural and alternative means – is supported through community-led programs, e.g. Self-Help Groups offered especially to women. Every member of the family can access educational opportunities, with progress towards better educational outcomes (attendance, retention and graduation), especially for girls. Early childhood care and education is available in more communities; teachers have adequate, relevant skills; gender-based violence and harmful traditional practices are removed as barriers to education for girls. Households have increased access to food; girls and boys consume a balanced diet to maintain their health.

How We Are Getting There

Community-based, community-led education, livelihoods and food security.

Self-Help Groups and Village Savings & Loans Associations

CFTC supports Self-Help Groups throughout Ethiopia. These microfinance programs provide basic business skills and start-up loans for agricultural or petty trade, as well as credit and savings training. Women, in particular, are empowered and able to contribute to their families’ and communities’ well-being in significant ways, which has led many out of poverty and continues to help many more.

Agricultural Training

CFTC’s local partners support improved agricultural practices, which lead to better income, greater dietary diversity, and overall economic and health improvement. Supports are two-fold: direct services, including seeds, tools and training for kitchen, urban and school gardens, and smallholder farmers; as well as agricultural microfinance initiatives.

Early Childhood Care and Education

Early childhood care and education (ECCE) centres boost children’s physical, cognitive and social development before they enter primary school. They can free household members from childcare responsibilities, allowing parents to work and older siblings to attend school. Children who attend preschool tend to be more ready for primary school, perform better once there and are less likely to drop out than their peers.

ABE & Primary Education (including nutrition/school feeding)

CFTC’s Ethiopian partners support Alternative Basic Education (ABE) to supplement state-funded education by providing infrastructure, teacher training, and school materials to disadvantaged children in areas under-served by formal schools. We also provide integrated nutrition, school feeding, school supplies and classroom materials in formal primary and secondary schools, much of it funded through child sponsorship.


Partners In Change

Gebriel Galatis Country Representative – Ethiopia

Amboka Wameyo Regional Program Manager – Africa

Community-based partners help Ethiopian children thrive.

Organization for Child Development and Child Transformation (CHADET) provides educational and healthcare support to orphans and vulnerable children, while sensitizing communities to issues of health, hygiene, sanitation and children’s rights. Emmanuel Development Agenda (EDA) aims to improve the socio-economic situation of children and youth among the most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities in Ethiopia. EDA aspires to see a just Ethiopian society, where the rights of the disadvantaged are honoured and where education is used as a catalyst for empowerment. EDA employs an integrated urban and rural community development model, addressing pertinent social issues in these communities. Integrated Service for AIDS Prevention and Support Organization (ISAPSO) is located in Chancho and Sululta Townships and delivers awareness campaigns on preventative health, children’s rights, gender issues and HIV/AIDS prevention. ISAPSO also funds and supports self-help groups, and supplies children with school uniforms and materials. Mission for Community Development Program (MCDP) focuses on providing children with access to medical care; supplying multi-vitamins and nutritional supplements to children under the age of six and covering the costs of school tuition, uniforms and school supplies through integrated programs largely funded by child sponsorship.

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