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Amhara Programme Area

Northern Ethiopia

Area: 120,732 sq. m.
Population: 126,956 (Central Statistical Agency in 2005)
Communities: 26 communities - 21 in Lasta district and 5 in Lalibela town administration
Caseload: 8502
Sponsored children: 7,254

Plan’s programme unit in the northern part of Ethiopia is Lalibela. Plan opened its field office in Lalibela in 1974, making it the oldest programme unit in Africa. Plan resumed its programme in Lalibela in 1996 after closure for almost 19 years.

Programme highlights
Child survival and development

Plan has helped construct 2 water points through community managed projects, 2 water points through a local non-governmental organisation partner and another scheme with the government, which provides access to safe drinking water to 18,000 people. So far 101,900 people have got access to safe water supply within less than 1 km distance.

Youth-friendly reproductive health services are provided to promote safe sexual behaviour through organised youth groups in and outside schools. Youths are trained on the dangers of substance abuses and increasing their life skill and enhance peer-to-peer education on safe youth behaviour.

Learning for life

Learning for life introduces and promotes low-cost pre-school and supports primary and post primary education through enhanced community participation like parent and teacher associations.

We increase access to quality of education through our early child care and development programme and support to primary education. Plan recently supported the government in recruiting 110 pre-school, primary school and adult education facilitators to enhance education quality in Lalibela.

Food and nutrition security

To improve access to financial services, develop a saving culture and strengthen social cohesion, Plan supports village saving and loans groups through training and other capacity building activities for 10,517 members.  They also receive training on urban agriculture to help increase their income.

Child participation and protection

Plan Ethiopia encourages children to participate in all aspects of development projects. Training and awareness-raising sessions on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is provided to families, teachers, community representatives, and relevant government sector bureaus, including district police staff.

School child right clubs and community-based child right committees receive training on club management, promoting child protection and right issues, where and how to report child abuses and how to help others form more child rights clubs.

HIV and AIDS

In addition to awareness raising training and education activities on the risk and prevention, we also support people living with HIV and AIDS to help them generate income to improve their lives and support their children.

We support 300 HIV infected people through community-based organisations and provide voluntary counselling and testing services in priority areas.

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