Guraghe 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.


Families were better able to provide nutritious meals for their children as a result of agricultural programs; 320 farmers received potato and vegetable seeds and fruit trees, 250 farmers were trained in improved farming methods, 29 families received poultry or heifers, and 50 farmers learned techniques for handling and storing crops after harvest. Through health education programs, community members learned how to prevent pneumonia and malaria and how to effectively use insecticidal bed nets. Four health centers were provided with essential drugs, equipment, and training to help ensure healthy pregnancies and deliveries. 400 orphans and vulnerable children received care and support from community care coalitions. We partnered with these committed volunteers to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS and to assist people affected by the illness. Many children and their families gained access to clean water from seven new water points installed in their communities. To strengthen the quality of education, we trained 14 preschool teachers and 42 primary school teachers in improved teaching methods and 14 primary school teachers in integrated education for children with special needs. Children at a crowded primary school enjoyed smaller class sizes after we built an additional block of classrooms. We also built a school library to improve children's access to reading material. Local schools organized academic contests to encourage reading and writing. We helped them carry out the contests and presented 336 high-ranking students with awards. 20 teachers were trained in life-skills curriculum to help children manage their emotions and strengthen their relationships with family and peers.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Advocacy|HIV&AIDS|


  • Ethiopia>Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples


  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Health

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