- Harmful Traditional Practices
- Education For All
- Women’s Empowerment
- Orphans & Vulnerable Children
- Maternal Health
Education For All
In Ethiopia, only 39% of people can read and write. Too many children are missing out on school and falling through the cracks – girls, orphans, youth from rural areas. As their chance for an education disappears, so too does any chance for a better future.
OUR AIM: To ensure everyone has access to education regardless of age, gender or physical condition
How you’re helping provide equal education across Ethiopia
Your support works hand-in-hand with three incredible partner organisations to provide education for marginalised groups. While JeCCDo and Yenege Tesfa work hard to provide access to education for youth, they also aim to provide orphaned children with the basic essentials of life including food and safe shelter – which you can read more about in our work with Orphans & Vulnerable Children here.
Based in northern Ethiopia, Yenege Tesfa (which translates beautifully as Hope for Tomorrow) provides:
SCHOOL & SUPPLIES
Enrol children living in the safe houses to the local primary school while supplying essential school materials such as writing books and pencils, and help older student access tertiary education or seek employment so they can become independent citizens
Provide programs for business, craft production, communication and mathematics to students unwilling or unable to attend formal school
Run a mobile school which travels to different locations in Gondar every day to give children still living on the street a chance to learn
JeCCDO (Jerusalem Child & Community Development Organisation)
Operating in central and eastern Ethiopia, JeCCDO works to improve:
SCHOOL & TUTORIALS
Provide a small stipend to foster guardians of orphaned children so that they can afford the fees and materials to send their newest family member to school. They also run after-school tutorial programs where students can mentor and learn from each other
Improve facilities and resources for schools in struggling areas, including new textbooks for classrooms, refurbishment of buildings, construction of science laboratories and libraries, and infrastructure of water and toilet facilities so adolescent girls can manage their periods in a sanitary and private environment instead of staying home from school during these times
Run functional adult literacy programs to give adults who missed out on childhood education the chance to learn
Working across north and north-western Ethiopia, Dignity Period aims to:
KEEP GIRLS IN SCHOOL
Provide reusable sanitary pads and hygiene kits for adolescent girls to manage their periods discreetly without being forced to stay home from school each month
Distribute information booklets on puberty and reproductive biology to both girls and boys to give them a much-needed resource to turn to and help break down the stigma against puberty and menstruation
How you’ve helped already: Harifeya’s Story
For 16-year-old Harifeya, getting her period was a terrifying and shameful experience. In rural Ethiopia, there is a strong social stigma against menstruation - it is seen as shameful, unclean, and a result of sexual activity.
Not understanding how to manage her period discreetly and too embarrassed to ask for guidance from her parents, Harifeya would often stay home from school during these times of the month. She had no way to manage her periods in a sanitary manner at school and constantly worried about the merciless teasing from other students.
It’s a sad fact that girls feel forced to stay home from school during their periods, fall further and further behind in their studies, and end up dropping out early. This could have been Harifeya’s story too.
But then one day our partners Dignity Period came to Harifeya’s school to hold education sessions on menstruation and give the girls reusable sanitary wear and hygiene kits.
It was a simple but highly effective solution. Not only could Harifeya and girls just like her now manage their periods with dignity but, equally important, Harifeya could continue attending school without fear of missing out each month and falling behind.
Harifeya (centre) with classmates holding menstrual hygiene kit from Dignity Period