- Harmful Traditional Practices
- Education for all
- Women’s empowerment
- Orphans & Vulnerable Children
- Maternal Health
Orphans & Vulnerable Children
Ethiopia has one of the highest orphan rates in the world. Tragically, one in eight Ethiopian children have lost one or both of their parents. Whether losing mothers to devastating maternal injuries or losing fathers to war, more children are facing the world alone.
ETHIOPIAID'S AIM: To create access to safe housing and opportunity for orphaned & vulnerable children
Ethiopiaid Australia is proud to partner with two amazing organisations, Yenege Tesfa and JeCCDO, both encompassing unique ways to tackle this issue. At the beginning of 2014, we also gave a one-off donation to an inspiring organisation, Retrak.
Yenege Tesfa: Providing children a Home for Tomorrow
Translated into English, Yenege Tesfa literally means Hope for Tomorrow – and that is exactly what they are giving.
Based in Gondar in northern Ethiopia, Yenege Tesfa is a local initiative improving the lives of over 800 orphans and vulnerable children living in the city. Life on the street is a horrific reality, threatened daily by hunger and disease. Job prospects are low and many young girls will find themselves lured into prostitution under the disguise of employment. With the support of Ethiopiaid Australia, Yenege Tesfa opened up a new home in late 2014 to provide food, water, shelter, safety and opportunity for girls living on the street.
The home accommodates for 17 girls and has a house ‘mother’, ‘father’ and older ‘sister’; placing the girls back into a loving, supportive family environment. More than just a roof above their head, this program provides on-going life skills training and long-term support for the children. Fostering the child to learn to stand on their own two feet is an important vision of the Homes for Tomorrow program, so children attend regular skills workshops to build on their personal and professional development. Whilst only the smallest percentage of street children in Gondar attend school, all children in Yenege Tesfa’s homes attend daily; nurturing their development and providing a new world of opportunities for their future that would previously have seemed impossible.
The best part about the Homes for Tomorrow program? It provides a long term solution. The children are cared for through to adulthood, at which time Yenege Tesfa helps them complete higher education or to find work in the community.
JeCCDO: A New Chance for Children in Need
JeCCDO work all over Ethiopia, facilitating development by empowering communities. Ethiopiaid works with JeCCDO on their New Chance program, concentrated in the three towns of Dire Dawa and Debre Zeit. This inspiring child-focused integrated development program focuses upon long-term care, high-quality education and comprehensive health services for Ethiopia's orphaned and vulnerable children.
The number one priority of the New Chance program is ensuring that the child's basic needs of food and shelter are being met again. This is achieved in partnership with a caring guardian, who provides a place to sleep and access to adeqaute food and nutrition, as well as quality medical care to ensure the child is in good health. Once the child is ready, they will receive a school uniform, books and pencils to attend their local school. JeCCDO wants to see no child left behind. For older children, JeCCDO provides them with vocational skills training and seed capital, fuelling them the knowledge and opportunity to earn their own income and stand on their own two feet.
JeCCDO is transforming the lives of so many orphaned and vulnerable children in Ethiopia, giving them a New Chance to be whoever they want to be. We could not be more proud to partner with them.
- Since Yenege Tesfa opened the doors to the girls home last year, 10 of 16 beds are now full; with another round of six girls to move off the street and into the house during the summer. Ranging from ages seven to fifteen, all girls are being taken care of by their house mother, father and big sister. Each of the girls are in school and their hard work settling into the house has seen the development of a large vegetable garden!
- In the first year of JeCCDO's New Chance Program, 165 orphans had been identified and moved into long-term households with supportive guardians. Each of these 165 orphans received new clothes, medical services and school supplies. The guardians of these families have received book-keeping lessons and seed funding so that they can establish their own business; supporting their own families as well as their newest family member.