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: 2015

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.

  • To improve nutrition and increase household incomes, we started a women's cooperative that plants and harvests vegetables. They also started a savings group to gain access to short-term loans to support their small business.
  • 100 children learned about life skills and development at children's clubs where they focused on leadership, communication, child rights, and child protection.
  • More than 700 kids gathered for a big party with cookies, soft drinks, balloons, games, and singing. Gifts included t-shirts, school uniforms, soccer balls, and dictionaries.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • We held community conversations with religious leaders and hosted trainings for mothers and fathers on the benefits of promoting healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy in order to improve the health of moms and newborns.
  • We arranged for ambulances to take women to health centers so they could deliver babies with skilled birth attendants. The ambulances also transport new babies to clinics when they need emergency services.
  • In order to improve the nutrition of children under 5, we equipped a health facility with staff, scales, and nutritional supplements so they can identify and treat malnourished children.

  • 4,500 community members gained access to clean water when we dug two new wells. To increase sustainability of these water supplies, we worked to involve community members and the local government in maintaining water sources.
  • 1,250 children and adults participated in hygiene campaigns where they learned about handwashing, personal hygiene, and waste disposal.

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.

  • 4,200 children attended reading camps where they improved their reading and writing skills, and 90 teachers were trained on effective methods for teaching literacy to their students.
  • 210 parents attended sessions on reading and singing with their children, visiting the library, and sending children to local reading camps to increase their literacy.
  • 240 more students were able to attend school when we added more classrooms and desks.

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.

  • To strengthen the community's spiritual nurture for children, we conducted an interfaith gathering with faith-based organizations.


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 8 years.
Abaya, Ethiopia is in Phase 2

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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