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Addis Hiwot, Ethiopia | Children In Crossfire


ethiopia-mapWe have continued to strengthen our capacity in Ethiopia to deliver Early Childhood Development initiatives. We have focused on the training of healthcare workers & teachers, educating families, communities and providing services to improve Early Childhood Development practice.

Our Programmatic Approach has meant shared learning from the successes in Tanzania can help develop and better inform our School Readiness Model with our Partners in Ethiopia.

Why do we work in Ethiopia?

  • One of the poorest countries – Ranked 170 out of 181 countries in Human Development Index
  • Population 95m, of which 78% live below the poverty line of $2 a day
  • 55% of youth are illiterate and school completion rates are very low
  • A lot of these issues are rooted in poor early childhood experiences

Why are we working with young children?

  • The early years is where we have the biggest impact – 44% of the population are under 14 years old
  • Children with good early childhoods do better in life – healthier, do better in school, earn more money
  • 40% of under 5’s are stunted (undernourished) which affects growth and brain development and 75% of them do not attend any pre-school meaning they are not ready to learn when they reach primary schools. This compromises their lives before they have barely begun
  • Parents often don’t know how important these early years are and are not skilled in what they need to do to provide the best opportunities for their children

What are we doing about it?

  • Improving early education for around 10,000 children in 54 government primary schools in Addis Ababa (the capital city) with our partner ‘School Readiness Initiative’ – Children in Crossfire is directly supporting nutritional snacks for 3,000 vulnerable children as part of a bigger programme that is training teachers and providing learning materials/books
  • Our NOURISH programme in Wolisso (about 200km south-west of Addis) addresses issues of acute malnutrition in an area of 1m people (South West Shoa). We have saved the lives of over 3,000 children since 2010 – improving the survival rate by over 70%.    We also trained 150 health workers who have given over 400 cooking demonstrations to young mothers about nutrition and reduced levels of severe malnutrition
  • NOURISH is complemented by our Access to Safe Water Project in targeted vulnerable communities. We have established 6 wells since 2014 that give access to safe water to around 20,000 people who would otherwise have to walk considerable distances
  • The Addis Hiwot Project has helped 60 families, including nearly 150 children to move from a slum on a graveyard into formal government houses and integrate into a local community. Over 300 children completed pre-school and are now in government schools. There is also a successful savings and Credit Union supporting 54 families and there is a well-established health centre
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We are a registered charity in Northern Ireland (NIC101412) and The Republic of Ireland (CHY 20045517). Children in Crossfire is now also a registered 'Not For Profit' in the USA and is recognised as tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (EIN 46-2267122). We are developing Advisory Groups in Chicago and Boston to assist with a fundraising programme.
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