Why World Vision is in Ethiopia

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.

We never give up on people

World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.

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Progress in Ethiopia

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.

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 trained and supported new gardening groups with supplies and seeds in order to increase agricultural productivity and improve nutrition for local families.
  • Community members learned how savings groups can help them increase their income and provide for their children’s essential needs, such as school and medical expenses.
  • To ensure that children are protected in safe environments, we trained community members on topics such as child development, working to eliminate violence towards women and children, and child rights.

  • We trained coffee producers in business development, management, and accounting in collaboration with government marketing and cooperative offices. We also helped dairy farmers improve their product, leading to higher sales prices.
  • We met with thousands of savings group members to help them develop long-term business strategies to not only bring profit, but also help reduce their time away from family.
  • We helped at risk children leave or avoid involvement in child labor by providing education support for 20,000 children and livelihoods support for 7,800 families, including formation of village savings and loans groups.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • Access to safe water supplies increased when we extended pipelines and drilled new borehole wells. We also equipped water management committees to ensure that water sources are properly maintained.
  • To improve maternal and child health, we trained health providers on emergency obstetric care, provided supplies for health facilities, and promoted proper infant and young child feeding through nutrition programs.
  • 19,920 women received prenatal care.

  • 866 members of women’s support groups, faith and community organizations, and community health volunteers learned to teach the importance of pre- and postnatal care and delivering in a health facility.
  • 20,726 12-23 month olds were fully immunized.
  • We worked alongside communities to provide improved access to water, sanitation, and hygiene. We constructed mechanized water systems, installed new and rehabilitated existing wells and water points, and built sanitation and handwashing facilities.
  • We trained mothers in healthy hygiene practices, including handwashing, bathing, and sanitary disposal of infant feces.
  • We trained local artisans on water system maintenance and repair, manual drilling of wells, and latrine slab production, all as a means of generating additional income.
  • We worked with farmers to reforest 90 percent of the project area through farmer managed natural generation, which contributes to household income through increased tree products.
  • We improved the quality of life for people living with HIV and AIDS by promoting adherence to and uptake of clinical services.
  • We are working to eliminate polio through vaccination and behavior change with the help of thousands of community volunteers.

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 improve literacy skills for boys and girls, teachers were trained on the Literacy Boost method. Literacy Boost is a program World Vision has promoted since 2011 that focuses on letter recognition, vocabulary, and reading comprehension as building blocks for strong readers.
  • We organized village-based reading camps with plenty of children's books and volunteer tutors in order to improve their literacy skills.
  • We are helping youth from 7,500 households, including those with disabilities, to access education and vocational training to enhance their future work opportunities.

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.

  • Following Christ's example, we worked alongside children and families to change lives, promote peace and understanding, and demonstrate God's unconditional love.
  • Tens of thousands of children are participating in discipleship and values education, demonstrating Christ-like love through community service projects, and promoting peace through children’s rallies.

Prayer Requests from Ethiopia

World Vision's staff in Ethiopia are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:

  • Boys and girls who are hungry, that they get nourishment and feel strong enough to go to school.


  • Healthcare staff who are trying to gain knowledge and tools to treat malnutrition.


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