Gechi Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.


200 women and youth were equipped with skills to earn a living through entrepreneurship programs. In addition, four business cooperatives took out small business loans through World Vision's local microfinance subsidiary. Through a new small-scale irrigation system, 29 families were able to grow more food for their children. A new veterinary post is helping to protect the health of livestock, which are the primary source of food and income for many families in the area. The veterinary post serves around 1,450 families. 188 farmers received improved seed varieties and training in modern farming methods to increase crop yields. We renovated two badly damaged health posts, improving children's access to essential healthcare services. 684 students and teachers participated in HIV-prevention events on World HIV and AIDS Day. 283 pregnant or breast-feeding women learned about the health and nutrition benefits of breast-feeding infants. 214 mothers were trained in malaria prevention, healthy hygiene and sanitation practices, and the prevention of intestinal parasites and diarrheal diseases. We developed five springs in the community to provide children with clean water and decrease the prevalence of waterborne diseases. Children's access to education improved with the construction of a new block of classrooms. Community members contributed labor and locally available construction materials to help build the classrooms. 2,800 children participated in reading camps, where they enjoyed fun, engaging activities designed to boost literacy. We trained 68 people to lead the camps and to facilitate a community literacy program. We helped communities develop disaster preparedness plans to reduce the impact of natural disasters such as droughts. Through workshops and awareness campaigns, 536 families learned about child protection issues in the community.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Protection|Peace|Disability|Advocacy|HIV&AIDS|


  • Ethiopia>Oromia


  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Health

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