Ethiopia: Abaya

Abaya's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 2017

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • Children are safer and more protected. Through training, 180 volunteers, 80 community members, 60 religious leaders and 46 government officials learned about child rights. Now, more people in the community know the importance of child protection and how to keep children safe.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • More boys and girls are protected from diseases. Following the use of anti-malaria spray in 39,445 households, many children and pregnant mothers are protected from malaria.
  • 2,500 children are safe from waterborne diseases after the construction of a new solar-powered water system.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • Children are becoming better readers. Through reading camps, 1,500 children have improved their reading skills.
  • More children are starting school earlier. After an awareness campaign about the importance of education, 120 children were enrolled in preschool.

Love of God and Neighbors

Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.

  • More children are developing their spirituality. After 10 faith-based classes received 180 spiritual books, children are improving their understanding of God and growing spiritually.
  • More boys and girls know how to peacefully resolve conflicts. A total of 80 children attended workshops about conflict resolution.

Because World Vision believes in a holistic community development approach, the statements and numbers above, recorded at a point in time, reflect not only our aspirational goals for these communities but are based on all children within the community that benefitted from the specific activity that's identified. Together, in partnership with you, we will work to make these goals a reality.


current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Abaya, Ethiopia

What does this mean?

World Vision is privileged to offer sponsorship in many communities where the majority of the families we serve are not Christian. When working in these communities, we not only abide by local laws and customs but also strive to show respect and honor to those of different faiths.


In the Abaya community, the availability of food has been impacted by unpredictable rain patterns and the community’s use of traditional, outdated farming techniques. Children suffer the most when families and communities face food insecurity, which makes them vulnerable to malnutrition and other health issues. Malnutrition lowers children’s resistance to infection, puts them at risk of childhood diseases and stunted development, and affects their ability to learn and thrive. The majority of community members have limited access to quality health services because of poorly equipped facilities and a shortage of medication. Few people in Abaya have access to safe drinking water. Unclean water, coupled with improper hygiene and sanitation practices, can result in pneumonia, diarrhea, and other waterborne diseases. HIV also is a concern, with a lack of awareness about prevention, care, and support. People often are reluctant to be tested because of the stigma and discrimination surrounding the disease. Although education is free in Abaya, the cost of school supplies and uniforms are too great of an expense, especially when parents are struggling simply to put food on the table. Parents who are overwhelmed with financial hardships are not likely to prioritize education or encourage their children to stay in school. In some cases, children bear the responsibility of finding a job and making money to support their families. The children who do attend school are not guaranteed a quality education, since many teachers are unqualified and schools are under-resourced. Without a strong foundation in education, children are less likely to break out of the cycle of poverty.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

World Vision has been in this community for 10 years.
Abaya, Ethiopia is in Phase 3

PHASE 1: Years 1-3

  • Listen to desires and concerns of community leaders
  • Partnership with community begins
  • Outline needs and resources
  • Child sponsorship begins

PHASE 2: Years 4-9

  • Community members equipped and empowered to bring change to their own lives
  • Children benefit from life-changing projects
  • Community embraces project ownership

PHASE 3: Years 10-close

  • Years of hard work continues to transform lives
  • Community self-sufficiency grows
  • A sustainable plan for the future is determined
  • World Vision leaves

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