Crisis in Debre Berhan 

In Ethiopia’s poorest neighbourhoods, where conditions are cramped, where access to clean water is severely limited and where incomes are irregular, families are fighting for their very survival. 

As is so often the case in a crisis, it is the world’s most vulnerable people who are hit the hardest. 

Find out more about the COVID health and economic crisis that's hitting Debre Berhan, one of Ethiopia's poorest neighbourhoods and how, with your help, our local project partners are acting fast to provide emergency relief.


Emergency intervention project proposal

"This Emergency Intervention Project Proposal by Jerusalem Children & Community Development Organisation (JeCCDO) aims to prevent the spread of the virus in the most vulnerable areas and address the critical socio-economic challenges the pandemic presents, in particular to women and children."

See why Debre Berhan has been affected so badly from COIVID-19 and find out what our long-time project partners are doing to help the most vulnerable individuals and families.

See the report


Street view of crisis-hit Debre Berhan
Street view of crisis-hit Debre Berhan


Interview with Edna

Hear first-hand from working mother Edna who is struggling to feed her family and keep her children safe while her hard-won laundry washing business collapses from COVID.

"I'm scared all the time. For my children. I'm scared we won't have enough food for them..."

Project partners JeCCDO sent out a team of case workers to the impoverished neighbourhoods of Debre Berhan. Case worker, Abena, met with Edna to learn how she was affected and where best we needed to direct our emergency aid. 

Edna's words are heart-breaking.

Read Edna's interview

Edna's laundry business has been crippled by COVID
Edna's laundry business has been crippled by COVID


Join the emergency relief efforts

COVID-19 has left Ethiopia's poorest families on the brink of starvation. Will you send an urgent donation to help protect them from the devastating health and economic impacts of the pandemic?

Your donation today can:

  • Provide soap, hand sanitiser and sanitary products to prevent contagion and ensure women and girls have dignity.
  • Delivery community food packages including basic essentials and pre-prepared meals to families facing starvation.
  • Set up temporary safe shelters for women and children living on the streets or fleeing domestic violence. 

Make my urgent donation now

Whatever you can give will go a long way for these families who are losing everything. Thank you for your compassion during crisis.