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.
Ethiopia: Ethiopia: And the beat goes on
Ethiopia: Learning how to run a business
Thirty-year-old Felekech Indriss lives far out in the countryside in a village called Fuchucha, within the Konso region of Ethiopia, too far from any school where she can be educated.
Ethiopia: Saving and succeeding
Within Mercy Corps' PROSPER program, the Savings and Credit Cooperative project brings much confidence to women in the Konso district of Ethiopia. Once a woman has saved a small amount of money, she is able to join the savings co-op and become eligible to apply for small business loans.
Ethiopia: Reading, finally
They sit in the shade and practice writing for one hour each day, for five days a week. This is usually done in the morning, well before their daily chores begin. While they do this, their older children take care of the younger ones in order to support their mother's education.
Ethiopia: Helping Ethiopian mothers protect their children
It is astonishing to know that very simple solutions exist that will protect our youngest citizens against diseases, yet so few children have access to this basic health care in countries where it is most needed.
Ethiopia: Improving health and education in Ethiopia
Editor's note: Freelance photographer and Mercy Corps supporter Joni Kabana is traveling in Ethiopia and will be visiting our Empowering Ethiopian Girls for Peaceful Change initiative in the eastern part of the country.
Ethiopia: Girls in eastern Ethiopia access literacy and vocational training for the first time
In the city of Gode in eastern Ethiopia's Somali Regional State, Mercy Corps worked with a local vocational training center to set up a computer lab for local girls, in order to provide them with computer skills and literacy training.
Ethiopia: Water, health, safety and extra time
In many parts of Ethiopia, water — or the lack thereof — is a matter of life or death. Birtukan Bulki knows this better than most.
Ethiopia: A view of water poverty
Ethiopia: Bringing Ethiopian communities together through sport