A child who has good health and nutrition from birth will be ready for school.

Health and Nutrition are key components of our programme of work in Tanzania and Ethiopia. We believe they are essential for the well-being and development of every child in order for them to fulfil their full potential.

  • 44% of the population of Ethiopia is recognised as living in poverty;
  • 55 children out of every 1000 born in Ethiopia die before they reach the age of 5;
  • 40% of children in Ethiopia are nutritionally stunted meaning they are cognitively and physically underdeveloped and are much less likely to reach their potential;
  • 35% of children under the age of 5 in Tanzania are affected by nutritional stunting.

Nourish Programme, Ethiopia

Our long term partnership with St Luke’s Hospital continues to address the nutritional and health needs of the most vulnerable children in the Wolisso area of Oromia. With our support, the St Luke’s team provided life-saving nutritional support to 354 severely malnourished children and maintained a low mortality rate of just 3.6% in 2019.

  • Over 2,500 severely malnourished children received lifesaving treatment at a therapeutic feeding unit;
  • Access to safe water provided to over 10,000 people in vulnerable communities;
  • Extensive outreach and public health programme reduced instances of Severe Acute Malnutrition by 20%.

Addis Hiwot (new life)

In 2012 we began working with a community of 60 families living in extreme poverty in a graveyard in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conditions these families were living in was appalling and Children in Crossfire began supporting the community. We provided new social housing for all 260 people; set up a nutrition programme to treat the entire community and established a new kindergarten, meaning the children of this community had access to a quality education. 180 of these children transitioned into government primary schools where they continued to thrive and develop.

The kindergarten we supported proved so successful that the government took over its running and it continues to provide early years’ education for children in the local community today. Our focus on income generation projects with this community has resulted in the establishment of three businesses that are now directly supporting 55 people. Furthermore, we provided support to 28 young people, 16 of whom are now attending university and 12 who are in vocational training.

Key Issues
  • 44% of the population of Ethiopia is recognised as living in poverty;
  • 55 children out of every 1000 born in Ethiopia die before they reach the age of 5;
  • 40% of children in Ethiopia are nutritionally stunted meaning they are cognitively and physically underdeveloped and are much less likely to reach their potential;
  • 35% of children under the age of 5 in Tanzania are affected by nutritional stunting.
What We Are Doing to Address This

Nourish Programme, Ethiopia

Our long term partnership with St Luke’s Hospital continues to address the nutritional and health needs of the most vulnerable children in the Wolisso area of Oromia. With our support, the St Luke’s team provided life-saving nutritional support to 354 severely malnourished children and maintained a low mortality rate of just 3.6% in 2019.

  • Over 2,500 severely malnourished children received lifesaving treatment at a therapeutic feeding unit;
  • Access to safe water provided to over 10,000 people in vulnerable communities;
  • Extensive outreach and public health programme reduced instances of Severe Acute Malnutrition by 20%.

Addis Hiwot (new life)

In 2012 we began working with a community of 60 families living in extreme poverty in a graveyard in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conditions these families were living in was appalling and Children in Crossfire began supporting the community. We provided new social housing for all 260 people; set up a nutrition programme to treat the entire community and established a new kindergarten, meaning the children of this community had access to a quality education. 180 of these children transitioned into government primary schools where they continued to thrive and develop.

The kindergarten we supported proved so successful that the government took over its running and it continues to provide early years’ education for children in the local community today. Our focus on income generation projects with this community has resulted in the establishment of three businesses that are now directly supporting 55 people. Furthermore, we provided support to 28 young people, 16 of whom are now attending university and 12 who are in vocational training.

Tenaye’s Story

We first met Tenaye 12 years ago, when she was just 12 years old. Along with 260 others, she was living in extreme poverty in a graveyard in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. These people had no homes, no running water, no sanitation, no school – and next to no hope. We knew we had to act, and we secured housing and education for them.

Just as we were intervening, Tenaye’s mother tragically died. With her father already deceased, Tenaye took responsibility to raise her four younger siblings, even though she herself was still just a child. Thanks to her own spirit and our support, Tenaye prevailed. Now 24, she has a child of her own, Barkot, who is the light of her life. She has worked as a classroom assistant in a kindergarten we resource.

Today this community – known as Addis Hiwot, which means ‘New Hope’ – continues to receive our support. We have recently agreed to provide emergency food to see them through the inevitable famine coming as a result of the worst plague of locusts to hit the Horn of Africa in many decades. We are deeply proud that 28 of the Addis Hiwot children, many of whom were growing up in that graveyard, are now at university or in vocational training with our support

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