Mercy Corps has been working in Ethiopia since 2004. Ethiopia is Africa’s second-most populous nation, and although the economy have been steadily growing, the vast majority of Ethiopia remains impoverished. More than 83 percent of the population lives in rural areas vulnerable to droughts caused by climate change as well as economic instability and conflict spillover from neighboring Somalia and South Sudan.
Back-to-back seasons of minimal rainfall led to a severe drought in 2016, killing valuable livestock and necessitating further humanitarian assistance in 2017. According to the U.N., the drought is worse than the 2010-11 drought because of consecutive droughts and a low rainfall forecast for the next few months.
- Health: Treating malnourished children and pregnant mothers, and training local communities and health providers to address health issues.
- Agriculture & Food: Improving agricultural practices and response to drought and supporting income generation of pastoral and farming households
- Economic opportunity: Supporting pastoralists and small business owners through improved access to financial services. Empowering women and girls to become part of the economic process.
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Ethiopia: A Girl Can: Kuye's Story
Mercy Corps scholarships help girls like Kuye complete high school in Ethiopia — and spread the power of their education through family, community and country. See what a girl can do.
Ethiopia: Clean water for Anab
What can clean water do for women in Ethiopia? Find out how Anab's health — and future — are looking better thanks to the new reservoir Mercy Corps built.
Ethiopia: Emergency food for Nasteho
What does a mother in remote Ethiopia do to help her malnourished infant? Fadumo found help at a visit from Mercy Corps' mobile health unit.
Ethiopia: A little laughter, a lot of water
Anab and her friends are getting a kick out of photographer Joni Kabana, who is visiting Mercy Corps programs in Ethiopia this week.
Ethiopia: Coping with drought by building peace
We sent out a team to research why one drought-stricken community was coping so well. The findings were striking: When local conflict had been addressed, people were far better equipped to survive the drought.
Ethiopia: Feeding hungry babies
In Ida Adays village, our mobile health team weighed seven-month-old Nasteho Mohamed and found her to be malnourished. She weighed only 4kg, but at her age should be somewhere around 4.8kg.
Ethiopia: A nomadic life inspires mobile health work
Mohamed Shariff Ali ("Mali") works around the clock these days overseeing Mercy Corps health and resilience programs in Ethiopia. But when he was growing up, he remembers life revolving around three things: the animals, the weather and the seasons.
Ethiopia: One year later, helping children survive in the Horn of Africa
You might hear it called a “slow onset” emergency because, unlike the sudden strike of an earthquake, drought builds gradually. But don’t bother telling that to the mothers whose children are hanging on by a thread; slow isn’t the word they would choose. Grueling, they might say. Nerve-wracking.
Ethiopia: Women transform small loans into progress and purpose
Like clockwork, every time I visit the Addis Ababa, Ethiopia-based Women in Self Employment (WISE) organization, my very first impressions are of the wonderful hospitality of the Ethiopian people.
Ethiopia: Rebuilding a community water source
Emergency response program manager Kaja Wislinska speaks to community members who are repairing a pond too damaged to hold water. It is now a working water source for the 400 households in Ada Olaa village.