Ethiopia

Working to alleviate poverty, hunger, and improving access to healthcare and clean water

Country Overview

Population: 112.1 million

Development Challenges:

  • Poverty
  • Political conflict
  • Insecurity and unrest
  • Economic and social impacts due to COVID-19
  • Food security
  • Increasing number of IDPs [1]
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UMR's Advancement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Ethiopia

What is the situation in Ethiopia?

Ethiopia has been embattled in conflict between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the government since November. A communications blackout has shaded the world from the atrocities happening in parts of Tigray, but there are reports of sexual violence and ethnic-based targeted attacks. The UN estimates that roughly 3 million Tigrayans are in desperate need of assistance, with no access to water, food or health care[2]. The ongoing conflict has exacerbated already-existing issues in Ethiopia and resulted in half a million IDPs.

Currently in Ethiopia, only 17% of people practice improved hygiene behaviours and live in healthy environments. Limited access to safe water and poor sanitation lead to roughly 60-80% of communicable diseases in Ethiopia [3]. While Ethiopia has made large strides in education, particularly with primary school enrollment, 2.6 million primary school aged children are not in school[4]. The ongoing conflict has made access to education even more challenging, as well as access to healthcare. Already in Ethiopia, maternal and newborn mortality remain high, despite large progress. Poor access to quality medical care, leaves many women and children, particularly in rural areas, at risk of unnecessary complications. According to UNICEF, 480 children in Ethiopia die every day of easily preventable diseases[5].

Food Baskets

10,603 food items shared in 2019

Medical Missions

200 beneficiaries in the month of April 2021 will receive cataract surgeries and hearing aids

Eid Gifts for Children

1,385 families received Eid gifts in 2019

What types of interventions does UMR implement?

UMR interventions are aimed at alleviating poverty, hunger and improving access to healthcare and clean water.

This year, UMR is sponsoring a health mission to perform cataract surgeries and provide hearing aids. This mission will serve 200 beneficiaries. These health interventions drastically improve the lives of recipients and have the power to lift families out of poverty.

During Ramadan, UMR implements food security programs to provide food parcels, Iftar meals and Eid and Zakat cash vouchers to food insecure populations in Ethiopia.

In partnership with KELEM, we successfully constructed a school with five classrooms, provided short term training for teachers, delivered scholastic materials to ensure effective teaching-learning processes, and conducted WASH training to teachers, staff and students. This school is the first of its kind in its community and supports more than 200 beneficiaries per year. In 2016, we established the Creating Sustainable Access to Quality Education Facilities for Drought Affected Pastoralist School Children in the Afar region of Ethiopia. The Afar region has one of the lowest education net enrollment ratios (NER). Tens of thousands of students are out of school due to lack of access to education and majority of students who attend school have dropped due the effect of drought and poverty. The continuous lack of access to water has aggravated the problem. School aged and enrolled female students miss class and drop out of school to fetch water from far away locations. Sometimes the distance takes a whole day on foot travel for round trip highly affecting the participation of girls in education.

In 2017, domestically, our principal education campaign was Tutoring School Children and Adult Literacy in VA, United States. UMR provided tutoring support to over 200 students from the Ethiopian community living in Virginia. The project aims to help children from low-income families discover their real potential and keep up with other school children in essential subjects such as math. By putting a strong focus on education, we help reduce poverty and promote gender equality and peace in areas that need it most. 

Our Recent Projects in Ethiopia

Ways you can help support Ethiopia

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Ethiopia

Working to alleviate poverty, hunger, and improving access to healthcare and clean water

Country Overview

Population: 112.1 million

Development Challenges:

  • Poverty
  • Political conflict
  • Insecurity and unrest
  • Economic and social impacts due to COVID-19
  • Food security
  • Increasing number of IDPs [1]

UMR's Advancement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Ethiopia

What is the situation in Ethiopia?

Ethiopia has been embattled in conflict between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the government since November. A communications blackout has shaded the world from the atrocities happening in parts of Tigray, but there are reports of sexual violence and ethnic-based targeted attacks. The UN estimates that roughly 3 million Tigrayans are in desperate need of assistance, with no access to water, food or health care[2]. The ongoing conflict has exacerbated already-existing issues in Ethiopia and resulted in half a million IDPs.

Currently in Ethiopia, only 17% of people practice improved hygiene behaviours and live in healthy environments. Limited access to safe water and poor sanitation lead to roughly 60-80% of communicable diseases in Ethiopia [3]. While Ethiopia has made large strides in education, particularly with primary school enrollment, 2.6 million primary school aged children are not in school[4]. The ongoing conflict has made access to education even more challenging, as well as access to healthcare. Already in Ethiopia, maternal and newborn mortality remain high, despite large progress. Poor access to quality medical care, leaves many women and children, particularly in rural areas, at risk of unnecessary complications. According to UNICEF, 480 children in Ethiopia die every day of easily preventable diseases[5].

Food Baskets

10,603 food items shared in 2019

Medical Missions

200 beneficiaries in the month of April 2021 will receive cataract surgeries and hearing aids

Eid Gifts for Children

1,385 families received Eid gifts in 2019

What types of interventions does UMR implement?

UMR interventions are aimed at alleviating poverty, hunger and improving access to healthcare and clean water.

This year, UMR is sponsoring a health mission to perform cataract surgeries and provide hearing aids. This mission will serve 200 beneficiaries. These health interventions drastically improve the lives of recipients and have the power to lift families out of poverty.

During Ramadan, UMR implements food security programs to provide food parcels, Iftar meals and Eid and Zakat cash vouchers to food insecure populations in Ethiopia.

Ways you can help support Ethiopia

Donate

Every dollar can make a difference in someone's life.

Become a Fundraiser

Engaging your network can help UMR reach its goals faster.

Spread the Word

We need to advocate for those whose voices are often silenced.

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