World Vision Hong Kong in Ethiopia (2021)

World Vision Hong Kong in Ethiopia (2021)


Infamously known by some for its severe famine in the early 1980s, Ethiopia is actually one of the fastest growing economies of the world now, with an average annual growth of 9.5% over the last 15 years. Despite these advances in recent years, however, the country is still one of the poorest in the world, and many families have been facing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, as well as instability caused by the armed conflict in Tigray.

World Vision’s operations in Ethiopia began in the early 1970s and a national office was set up in Addis Ababa in 1975. In the aftermath of the great famine in the early 1980s, World Vision responded with various emergency response programmes, and later on developed a new integrated development approach which would become the prototype of the Area Programmes. World Vision Ethiopia now runs 50 Area Programmes across the country, with the aim of improving the well-being of the most vulnerable children and their families to ensure all children have the opportunity to thrive.

In 2021, World Vision Hong Kong contributed approximately HK$32.8 million to support 6 APs and 2 other projects in Ethiopia, benefiting about 1,170,300 people.

2021 Work Highlights

Area Programmes

World Vision Hong Kong supported 6 APs to improve children’s growth environment and empower community members to be resilient, that they would become self-sustainable and be free from the poverty trap.


  • Provided various skills training to support the livelihoods of 12,000 individuals.
  • Provided support for over 8,260 most vulnerable children to address their needs on health, education, nutrition and protection.
  • Supported and engaged about 3,400 vulnerable families in income-generating activities such as poultry production and farming.

Health and Nutrition

  • Reached 65,500 people with preventive behaviour messaging on COVID-19, such as handwashing and social distancing.
  • Reached 25,000 children with targeted age-specific health education, including learning experiences designed to increase their knowledge or influence their attitude towards health.
  • Provided different training for over 950 parents, caregivers and health workers to improve nutrition, benefiting more than 4,010 children.


  • Enabled 56,450 people to gain access to basic drinking water services within 30 minutes round trip of their household through 53 new water collection points installed from water supply systems.
  • Constructed handwashing facilities including faucets and 10,000-litre tankers for 9 health centres, benefiting about 39,960 people.
  • Conducted programmes to promote hygiene behaviour change in communities, reaching about 10,160 participants and enabling about 2,900 households to have access to new handwashing facilities.


  • Provided more than 8,500 children in grades 1 to 3 with print-rich classrooms and local reading materials created by trained language teachers through the Unlock Literacy project model.
  • Furnished and improved 36 early childhood education centres with appropriate locally-made play and learning materials, benefiting over 4,780 children aged 3 to 6.
  • Supported about 4,680 vulnerable children with school materials as families struggle with huge price increases.

Child Protection

  • Helped about 7,030 children secure their birth registration documents, which legalise children’s citizenship, rights and protect them against different child-related abuse and violence.
  • Promoted life skills by organising different development events, facilitating the physical, mental and emotional well-being of about 5,760 children aged 6 to 18.

Funding (HK$): $27,943,400; No. of Beneficiaries: 1,121,890

Livelihood Development and Hygiene Projects

  • Formed 448 savings groups with over 9,200 members, which enabled more than 22,110 children's basic needs to be covered as members engaged in income-generating activities.
  • Provided business training for over 1,350 members from 46 producer and marketing groups.
  • Constructed a menstrual hygiene management block in a school to improve the hygiene practice of about 390 girls, which in turn improves their school attendance.

Funding (HK$): $4,860,390; No. of Beneficiaries: 48,390

Total Funding (HK$): 32,803,790; Total No. of Beneficiaries: 1,170,280

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