Ethiopia: Chancho


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 Chancho, 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.


The economy of Ethiopia has been one of Africa’s most robust for the past decade, but a severe drought last year devastated food supplies for its 96 million citizens. The Ethiopian government requested $4.5 million in international aid after crop failures left 8.2 million people at risk and 48,000 children under 5 years old severely malnourished. In the face of this food and water crisis, World Vision committed to digging wells, maintaining water sources, and helping farmers cultivate as much food as possible. A program was initiated called Gardening for Improved Nutrition and Increased Income. This model trains gardening groups to move from subsistence farming into a market-oriented production system by providing them with technical education, tools, seeds, and irrigation. To deal with malnutrition, gardens were stocked with nutrient-rich vegetables and healthcare clinics equipped with scales and supplements to monitor and treat children. Hygiene trainings highlighted the importance of handwashing and focused on protecting children from waterborne illnesses that further weaken their health.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

World Vision has been in this community for 28 years.
Chancho, 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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