Ethiopia Children

Child Hunger Crisis and Famine Relief Fund

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Children in Africa are facing extreme hunger and a devastating food crisis. In Ethiopia the spring rains didn’t happen and there are millions of people in need of food. In addition to the drought, Ethiopia is also experiencing an infestation of army worms that consume much-needed crops. Save the Children in Ethiopia is deploying mobile health and nutrition teams. We support children’s nutrition in rehabilitation centers and enroll pregnant and lactating women in supplementary feeding programs. Learn More.

The situation is growing worse by the day – if we don’t act now, many children risk losing their lives. You can help children in Ethiopia.

About Ethiopia

The issues that children in Ethiopia face are some of the most challenging in the world. Even in an "average" year, the education, health and economic situation for millions of Ethiopian children can only be described as a crisis. Frequent food shortages and periodic drought-like conditions continue to put children at risk. With inadequate health care services, many children die before reaching the age of 5. Of those that survive, only a fraction of children attend primary or secondary school. Save the Children has implemented cross-cutting strategies that focus on education, health, food security, HIV/AIDS prevention/education and saving newborn lives.

Facts About

More than 99.3 Million
live there

About 35% of girls and boys are out of school

59 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

Our Work

In Ethiopia, Save the Children has implemented cross-cutting strategies that focus on strengthening partnerships with local as well as key international agencies. Through this structure, we create stronger community-based solutions coupled with advocacy on a national level. The result means significantly more impact for our programs and their ensured sustainability. Specifically, we've focused on education, health, food security, HIV/AIDS prevention/education and saving newborn lives.

Our Work in

Last Year, Save the Children...

protected 182,688
from harm

supported 1,084,033
in times of crisis

provided 2,746,130 children
with a healthy start in life

helped 170,069 families
feed their children

gave 512,374 children
vital nourishment

Sponsor A Child

Since 2001, Save the Children in Ethiopia has worked with local communities and organizations to design Sponsorship programs for kids. Targeted to help children from early childhood to early adulthood, our programs work to make a healthy and safe environment where children can learn and grow. Our early childhood programs help prepare toddlers and young children for school by giving them access to quality preschools and early literacy programs, while our programs designed for primary school-aged kids work to transform students into lifelong learners by building strong curriculums and passionate teachers. Our work with adolescents focuses on that challenging transition between childhood and adulthood, helping ensure it’s a positive one by teaching them money, job and relationship skills. We also provide health education and care to children in need through our school health programs to help children stay healthy, well-nourished and in school. Thanks to the generous support from our community of sponsors, these essential programs in Ethiopia continue to give children a healthy start and the opportunity to learn, protecting them from harm along the way.

Sponsor a Child

Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2017 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook 2015;

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