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: 2016

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.

  • We provided gardening groups with 234 hens to earn income by selling eggs. We also offered cooking demonstrations on preparing vegetable dishes from the plants the gardening groups harvested.
  • 272 community members were trained on positive child development, standing against violence towards women and children, and child rights in order to ensure that children grow up in safe environments.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • Three water management committees were equipped to maintain water sources and ensure they continue to provide clean water for families.
  • 6,800 community members gained access to clean water when we completed a 2.5 mile pipeline from a well to the community. The management of the pipeline and well has been handed over to Woreda Water, Minerals and Energy Office.
  • In response to our trainings on Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), 256 households constructed latrines for their families. CLTS is used to stop open defecation, increase access to latrines, and teach communities how to prevent waterborne illnesses.

  • In collaboration with local health officials, we improved maternal and child health by training health providers on emergency obstetric care and providing supplies for health facilities.

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.

  • To foster reading skills for 5,000 local children, we trained 150 teachers on the Literacy Boost method, provided books to schools, and established 30 kids' reading camps. Literacy Boost is a program we promote that focuses on letter recognition, vocabulary, and reading comprehension as building blocks for strong readers.
  • 200 boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 6 attended our new preschools, where they learned school readiness skills such as counting, identifying letters, and socializing with other children. We also educated their parents about the importance of early childhood education.

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.

  • We trained 100 religious leaders in maternal and child health so they could create awareness in congregations about the benefits of prenatal care and giving birth at health facilities with skilled birth attendants.
  • 60 religious leaders attended our sessions on how to address the spiritual nurture of children through Sunday school and church activities.


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 9 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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