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Ethiopia

About the Situation

By the Numbers

More than 91.7 million people live in Ethiopia

30% of the people in Ethiopia live below the poverty line

61% of rural residents do not have access to safe drinking water

(Sources: The World Bank)

Acute droughts regularly wreak havoc on Ethiopia’s economy. The country has made significant economic progress during the past decade, with government aid programs alleviating poverty levels in rural areas; however, another major drought in 2011—considered the worst in the region in 60 years—caused a severe crisis with long-lasting ramifications for many families and for the country as a whole.

How Islamic Relief is Helping

Islamic Relief™ launched operations in Ethiopia in response to severe droughts in 2000, 2001 and 2002. After years of emergency relief efforts in Ethiopia, Islamic Relief Ethiopia opened in January 2004. Relief teams have implemented long-term development projects that have improved access to education, health care, water and sanitation. Islamic Relief also launched several projects aimed at developing livelihood and food security, and strengthening the capacity of local organizations. Ethiopia was also one of several African countries supported by Islamic Relief’s Africa Food Crisis campaign.

Here’s a breakdown of some programs Islamic Relief has supported in Ethiopia:

LIVELIHOOD AND CHILD PROTECTION IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
Active

This project serves to improve the livelihood of orphans, widows and out-of-school youth by providing vocational training, counseling, and HIV awareness services. Some 200 widowed mothers will receive assistance and training to start microbusinesses; about 250 young people will be set up with vocational training and employment opportunities; and some 2,000 community members will receive counseling and HIV/AIDS awareness services.

MALARIA CONTROL AND TREATMENT
Active

More than a quarter of a million people stand to benefit from a project that aims to reduce the overall burden of malaria by 50% in the Ewa district of Afar. The program will include the distribution of long-lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets; training of health professionals for early diagnosis and treatment, as well as training for community members on the use of related equipment; training of school health clubs in prevention and control of malaria; assisting public health officials to conduct community talks on malaria prevention; and the preparation and distribution of awareness campaign materials in local languages.

ORPHAN SUPPORT & SPONSORSHIP
Active

RAMADAN FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Seasonal

UDHIYAH/QURBANI DISTRIBUTION
Seasonal

EMERGENCY LIVESTOCK INTERVENTION PROGRAM
Completed

This program introduced more than 38,000 people in the community of Afar to new approaches to livestock health services. Local animal health care workers were trained on best practices, and vaccinations and treatments were administered to help safeguard animals from disease.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE, INCLUDING FOOD AID AND WATER PROJECTS
Completed

Islamic Relief was on the ground in Ethiopia (as well as in Kenya and Somalia) to provide vital aid to survivors of the 2011 drought—considered the worst drought to hit the region in 60 years. More than 40,000 people in Ethiopia received emergency aid through efforts including supplementary food provisions for malnourished children and water truck services for tens of thousands of individuals.

INTEGRATED LOCAL AREA DEVELOPMENT
Completed

Islamic Relief worked to improve the health, education, water and sanitation services for 22,000 people in the Hargele, Cherati and Elkere districts over the course of three years, ending in 2013. The program helped strengthen the health management information system of district health offices; support the distribution of promotion materials on health awareness; enhance co-curricular activities for students through the establishment of school clubs and competition initiatives; train individuals on water schemes management; and much more.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Participate

by organizing and attending local fundraisers that support IRUSA’s efforts.

Advocate

by sharing information about IRUSA’s efforts with your social media networks.

Donate

to the Ethiopia Humanitarian Aid fund to support efforts like these.