Ethiopia is a country that has been plagued by many famines over the years. Today, large investments are made in education in the country, but for many children living in rural areas, school is a distant dream that rarely becomes a reality.
Most Ethiopians live in rural areas where life is marked by the struggle for survival. Illiteracy is widespread, famine and mortality due to infectious diseases are high. A large population growth increases the pressure on the country's already heavily strained resources. Although Ethiopia is one of the most resourceful countries in Africa, it is one of the world's least developed. Today, large investments are made in education in the country, but for many who live in rural areas, school is a distant dream. Girls often have more tasks in the housework than boys and are deprived of the opportunity to go to school. They are overrepresented, both among those who never start school and among those who are forced to drop out of school. Education is not only a right but also a key to independence. That is why Child Mercy Sweden is investing in village schools, literacy projects and help to self-help, in order to strengthen the girls' situation and help the poor population.
All child should have the opportunity to go to school without discrimination and in a safe environment. We work locally together with both the state, school administrators, teachers and parents. Education is a way out of poverty!
The funds go directly towards cow projects since they have a big impact on a lot of people for years to come. We continue the fundraising, in order to provide more families the possibility to a change for the better.
To give away a goat that becomes a concrete aid for a poor family. The funds go directly towards goat projects since they have a big impact on a lot of people for years to come. In order to provide more families the possibility to a change for the better, we continue the fundraising.
The Hygiene Packet
The hygiene packet makes a big difference for the girls’ future. When girls are offered education, they are also offered to learn more about their rights as a human being and we strengthen them on an individual level. This is how we prevent child marriage and child pregnancy.
Many girls have a history, and memories of melancholy and frustration just because they were born girls. Girls belong to one of the most discriminated groups of people in the world. Edile was only 12 years old when she was forced to marriage against her own will.
Agriculture & Community
In the countryside of southern Ethiopia next to the village schools we run, we also work with simple agricultural projects. This is a way to strengthen capacity and food supply in connection with crises.