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March Focus: Ethiopia

Photo: ©2012 Aklilu Kassaye/World Vision

Photo: ©2012 Aklilu Kassaye/World Vision

We’re continuing our Strong Women, Strong World country series, focusing on one country a month. We’ll share stories and World Vision projects from that country throughout the month. For March, our focus is Ethiopia.

World Vision has been working in Ethiopia since 1971, partnering with the people of Ethiopia to help enact sustainable solutions for the future of their children, families, and communities. World Vision’s child sponsorship program plays a vital role in this partnership, with donors from the United States sponsoring more than 66,700 children.

ethiopiaWorld Vision’s Strong Women, Strong World initiative has two areas of focus within Ethiopia. First, the Channels of Hope for Gender program is training faith leaders and empowering churches to serve the needs of their communities by highlighting the scriptural basis for reaching out in compassion to those in the community who are most vulnerable. The program in Ethiopia is focused on providing training on biblical views of the value of women and children, to protect them from gender-based violence and abuse. Since the program began in 2011, more than 4,000 people have participated in at least one of these training workshops. Some workshops include community members of faiths other than Christianity, as World Vision works to care and protect all children in our community development areas regardless of their faith background. The project coordinator describes the value of workshops with multifaith participation: “As community members, they have shared joys and adversity together.”

Secondly, World Vision is strengthening health services by caring for women during pregnancy and after complications of labor and childbirth. Ethiopia has one of the world’s highest rates of maternal deaths and disabilities; one out of 27 women dies during childbirth (UNICEF, 2009). By providing nutrition education and care to mothers and pregnant women and increasing access to critical medical services, it’s our goal to help reduce maternal and infant deaths and decrease the number of women suffering from illness as a consequence of pregnancy and childbirth.

Give to World Vision’s Strong Women Strong World initiative at worldvision.org/swsw.

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