Help Save Children in Ethiopia

Ethiopian children face some of the most challenging issues 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.


Children in Africa are facing extreme hunger and a devastating food crisis. In Ethiopia, an ongoing drought has killed crops and livestock. Millions of hungry children need food to survive. Save the Children’s health and nutrition teams are supporting children’s nutrition in rehabilitation centers. What’s more, we’re providing much-needed nutritional support for pregnant and nursing mothers. 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 and throughout drought-ravaged Africa.

The Challenges for Children in Ethiopia

Frequent food shortages and drought-like conditions combined with inadequate health care services, means many children die before age 5. Of those that survive, only a fraction attend school. Suffering from food shortages and with limited access to healthcare or education, children in Ethiopia need your help.*

  • 30% of people live in poverty
  • 1 child in 17 dies before their 5th birthday - 8 times that of the United States
  • 38% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition
  • 34% of school-age children are out of school
  • 27% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 17% of girls age 15-19 are married
  • 1 in 15 girls between age 15-19 gives birth
  • 59% of girls age 15 and older struggle to read or write
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Our Work for Children in Ethiopia

Save the Children’s experts have cost-efficient and highly effective programs that provide education, health, food security, HIV/AIDS prevention and lifesaving care for newborn babies. Through partnerships with local and international agencies, 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.

Working closely with local communities in Ethiopia, Save the Children designs Sponsorship programs to help vulnerable children from early childhood to early adulthood — giving them a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm along the way.

Our early childhood programs help prepare toddlers and young children for school by giving them access to quality preschools and early literacy programs. 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.

  • Protected 127,348 children from harm
  • Supported 836,978 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 2,645,559 children with a healthy start in life
  • Gave 10,544 children vital nourishment
  • Gave Supported 970,920 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs children vital nourishment

How to Help Children in Ethiopia

Support Save the Children’s mission. Donate to help children in Ethiopia, and around the world, survive and thrive.    

Sponsor an Ethiopian Child
Be the hero in the life of a child in need. Sponsor a child in Ethiopia and help them grow up healthy, educated and safe.

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2019 Global Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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