Ethiopia Children

Child Hunger and Famine Relief Fund

East Africa Child Food Crisis

Save the Children set up its first formal office in Ethiopia in 1984. In a country once defined by hunger, much progress has been made, but there are still enormous challenges ahead.

Close to five million children risk going hungry as the result of a worsening food crisis in Ethiopia brought on by a severe drought across normally green and productive regions – making this natural disaster the worst in recent history.

Save the Children is working in over 70% of the worst-affected districts, providing food, water, medicine and crucial support to families who have lost their incomes. The organization is also training community-based health workers to treat malnutrition, and supporting families that have lost their livestock and livelihoods with cash-for-work programs.

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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 Million
live there

Girls only stay in school an average of 8 years

64 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average
of just $1 a day

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 179,685
from harm

supported 249,197
in times of crisis

provided 1,012,221 children
with a healthy start in life

helped 83,327 families
feed their children

gave 1,280,209 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.

Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2015 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2015; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2015; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2015

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