World Vision Hong Kong in Ethiopia (2017)

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Ethiopia is the second most populous country in Africa. However, it is also one of the poorest, despite having a fast-growing economy. Besides experiencing a hunger crisis brought about by drought, as well as an influx of refugees due to conflicts in the region, Ethiopia faces challenges in maternal mortality, nutrition, education and gender equality. The country aims to attain lower-middle-income status by 2025, and that will depend on whether it can sustain its economic growth and further reduce poverty.

World Vision began its work in Ethiopia in the early 1970s and set up a national office in Addis Ababa in 1975. When a famine hit the country in 1984, World Vision started various emergency response programmes, which were followed by a period of rehabilitation and a review in which the concept of Area Development Programmes (ADP) was proposed. Currently, World Vision Ethiopia works in nearly 100 districts in the country and runs 61 ongoing Area Development Programmes across 7 regions, with a focus on child-focused development, protection, disaster risk reduction, and emergency response activities.

In 2017, World Vision Hong Kong contributed approximately HK$33.6 million to support 5 ADPs and 7 other projects in Ethiopia, benefiting over 896,300 people.

2017 Work Highlights

Area Development Programmes

Education

  • Established 38 reading camps and provided nearly 1,800 children with access to book bank service near their villages.
  • Opened 16 Early Childhood Care and Development centres where over 960 preschool children aged 3-6 could use appropriate learning aid materials.

Economic Development

  • Helped more than 8,800 children register and obtain birth certificates, and trained over 700 teachers, health workers and faith leaders to raise awareness on birth registration services.
  • Promoted child protection by strengthening 9 children parliaments in different schools to enable them to better engage in child protection issues.

WASH

  • Provided medical care, such as full vaccinations or growth monitoring, for more than 15,380 children, which ensured healthy development and protection against diseases.
  • Educated 3,840 people on improved hygiene knowledge and safe hygienic behaviours and practices targeting poor and vulnerable communities and school children.

Livelihoods

  • Improved livelihood of over 400 farmers by ways such as linking them to formal agricultural markets and providing training on production skills and adoption of new farming technology.
  • Set up gardening groups among over 1,120 households and supported them with climate-smart farming practices training and farm inputs.
  • Established 356 saving groups to promote the habit of saving.

Health

  • Promoted positive behavioural change towards HIV to 4,800 people through ways such as HIV preventive training for young parents and HIV counselling and testing for communities.
  • Held more than 270 professional training sessions on pregnancy for adolescents and mothers.

Funding (HK$): $28,288,600; No. of Beneficiaries: 764,500

Emergency WASH Response for Drought-affected Communities

  • Distributed various water-purifying items to about 31,300 community members in response to Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) outbreak.
  • Connected a water distribution network, benefiting about 6,000 people.

Funding (HK$): $604,700; No. of Beneficiaries: 45,220

Emergency Food Security and Livelihood Response

  • Distributed 328,700 kg of improved variety crop seeds to 13,450 households.
  • Provided over 120 training sessions to Disaster Reduction Management (DRM) committee members on risk identification, monitoring and issuing warning.
  • Trained about 390 farming households on small scale irrigation-based farming and post-harvest handling of crops.

Funding (HK$): $4,716,600; No. of Beneficiaries: 86,660

Total Funding (HK$): 33,609,900; Total No. of Beneficiaries: 896,380

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