Today, the children of Ethiopia are facing unprecedented challenges. Over 2 million people in Tigray are already in need of aid, including 600,000 people facing food insecurity.
The region has also been hit hard by desert locust, heavy flooding and other climate-related crises. As a result, vulnerable children are facing increasing health, education and safety risks amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Help Save Children in Ethiopia
Ethiopia is Africa's second-most populated country. With a population of 102.5 million, Ethiopia has a long history of hosting refugees. Today, there are more than 770,000 refugees in Ethiopia, mostly from South Sudan, Somalia and Sudan.
Located in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia is at high risk of climate-induced disasters, including droughts and severe flooding. With over 80% of the country's population residing in rural areas, families are dependent on rain-fed agriculture for food, income and survival. Even before the pandemic, nearly 8.5 million people across Ethiopia were severely food insecure.
COVID-19 has added significant strain on Ethiopia's already fragile health system. Combined with the urgent crisis in Ethiopia's Tigray region, the threats to children in Ethiopia are many.
The Challenges for Children in Ethiopia
Children in Ethiopia are reeling from the impacts of extreme flooding, an ongoing hunger crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. Escalating conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, is right now forcing thousands of people crossing the border into Sudan, putting children at risk of being separated from their families or worse.
- Nearly 2.5 million are internally displaced
- 4 out of 10 children suffer from stunting due to severe malnutrition
- 49% of children are engaged in child labor
- 33% of people live in poverty
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
- Supported 970,920 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs
How to Help Children in Ethiopia
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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.
Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2020 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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