Ethiopia

Looking to the Future

In 2011, a catastrophic drought struck the Horn of Africa, affecting Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya. CARE continues its work there, helping communities become increasingly resilient for the future. 

The Horn of Africa Food and Refugee Crisis: One Year On

Responding to Crisis

Liz McLaughlin, Executive Director of CARE's Foundation Unit, traveled to the Horn of Africa in 2011 to see CARE's response to this massive emergency. She captured her journey on camera. 

Fighting Poverty & Drought with Honeybees

Nuriya, an Ethiopian mother of six children, has been able to make ends meet on her own since her husband passed away 11 years ago. By farming bees, a trade usually engaged by men, Nuriya is able to provide for her family.

Country Info

CARE started working in Ethiopia in 1984 in response to severe drought and famine that devastated the population and claimed the lives of nearly one million people. Since then, the organization’s activities have expanded to address the root causes of poverty and vulnerability.

As part of CARE Ethiopia’s development of a focused and long-term program approach to poverty, the office targets three groups of people:

  • pastoralist girls
  • chronically food-insecure rural women
  • poor young girls living in cities and on the outskirts of urban areas

Our Work in Ethiopia

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.

Microfinance

There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Family Planning

Family planning is a proven strategy in reducing maternal mortality.

Child Survival

This year, more than 7 million children will die before their 5th birthday.

Clean Water

Access to clean water and decent toilets saves lives and helps families and communities prosper.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Maternal Health

Hundreds of thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable causes.

Child Nutrition

Malnutrition affects 200 million children and the consequences can last a lifetime.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at great risk.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

Market Engagement Capacity Strategy

Currently, CARE is implementing over 74 economic development programs in 66 countries. CARE’s position as one of the world’s largest international non-governmental organizations allows its economic development programs to extend this reach to achieve lasting impacts in fighting poverty. Our focus on the underlying causes of poverty and long-term presence in many countries, allow us to mobilize partnerships and resources to address some of the most intractable challenges countries face, bringing in the specialized expertise that is needed.

Economic Development Overview

CARE’s programs in Economic Development work to improve the economic security and income opportunities of the poor. Currently, CARE is implementing 74 economic development projects in 43 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. In addition, CARE maintains ties with independent microfinance institutions (MFI) that have grown out of CARE’s economic development programming.

Women and Water: A Relationship Both Obvious and Subtle

Improved access to water can transform the life of a woman. It could be through the extra time and subsequent opportunities that become available when women and girls no longer have to trek long, treacherous distances to collect water—a task that is often relegated exclusively to women and girls. Or it could be through the improved health of the woman and her family and the subsequent reductions in time spent caring for sick relatives—another role that women are more likely to play.

Voices from the Village: A CARE Family Planning Project in Ethiopia

With more than 3,000 years of history, Ethiopia is uniquely situated at the crossroads between the Middle East and Africa. Having maintained independence, even during the colonial period, Ethiopia is culturally, linguistically, and environmentally rich and unique. However, after decades of ongoing political upheaval and social unrest, Ethiopia today is mostly dry and barren, lacking sufficient sources of water and unable to produce enough food for its nearly 80 million inhabitants, most of whom live in extreme poverty.

One Year Update: Horn of Africa Food Security Emergency

In the year since the United Nations declared a famine in parts of Somalia, much has been accomplished. Large-scale humanitarian interventions by CARE and other agencies have helped save many lives. But families still struggle to feed themselves, and remain highly vulnerable to future events such as poor harvests, conflict-related displacement or a rise in commodity prices. Many who survived the worst of the crisis have been left without the reserves to withstand further shocks.

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