What we do
Plan Ethiopia’s work to break the cycle of poverty covers the following areas:
- child survival and development
- quality education
- food security and nutrition
- child participation and protection
- HIV and AIDS.
Child survival and development
We work to improve the health of communities by implementing programmes to tackle childhood illnesses and improve safe motherhood services.
Water, sanitation and hygiene is another core part of our work - more than 250,000 children die every year in Ethiopia due to unsafe water. We implement projects to construct water supply schemes, train communities in sanitation and hygiene education, as well as support the construction of latrines. Read more about our water and sanitation work.
We also work to strengthen community based organisations, government and local non-government organisations to help them participate effectively in health development issues.
This programme aims to ensure that all children access and receive quality education so that they can realise their full potential.
Our work ranges from supporting early childhood care and development to teacher training and adult literacy initiatives.
Food security and nutrition
This programme works to improve the economic security of households so that they can become more resilient to shocks – such as the loss of a job, death of a family member or natural disaster – and plan for the future.
We work to diversify agricultural production for household food consumption, improve employment opportunities by providing training in marketable skills and help families to save for the future through our partners’ saving and credit schemes.
We also promote nutrition in communities and provide supplementary feeding to children and food aid to the general population affected by drought and famine.
Child participation and protection
From awareness raising and lobbying on child rights to tackling harmful traditional practices and trafficking, child protection is central to all of our work.
Our actions include training relevant government offices and law enforcement implementers, and strengthening child rights institutions such as legal protection centres and children’s clubs.
Children have the right to be protected and to participate in decisions that affect their lives. We work to ensure children, their families and communities are involved in all aspects of their development – helping to identify major problems and implement long term solutions.
HIV and AIDS
Plan Ethiopia helps communities living with and affected by HIV and AIDS by increasing access to prevention, care and support services for orphans, vulnerable children and people living with HIV and AIDS.
We also work to improve access to services dedicated to the prevention of parent-to-child transmission, as well as voluntary counselling and testing services.