Ethiopia: Abaya

Abaya's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 2020

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • 5,440 people learned about good hygiene, including how to wash their hands and keep clean, helping to protect them and their families from disease.
  • 9,000 more people now have clean water less than 30 minutes from home, helping to free community members, especially women and girls, from a life spent gathering water.
  • 1300 families built new toilets, helping to keep more children safer from diseases and diarrhea.

  • 21 neighborhoods have proper sanitation facilities “ including toilets “ so children and their families don't have to relieve themselves outdoors, helping to stop the spread of disease.
  • 1,300 households have constructed latrines which benefit 5,300 community members, following sanitation and hygiene trainings hosted by World Vision, with 21 villages are now open defecation free.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • 500 community members learned how to manage their family income and expenses, helping them to budget, save, and provide for their children's needs.
  • 200 books with local stories in the local language were given to reading camps, inspiring more children to read outside of school.
  • 50 faith leaders went to our hygiene and sanitation training, helping them to teach children and their families how to protect themselves from diseases.

  • 100 parents and caregivers went to our early education training, teaching them ways to support their young children to learn and grow at home.

Love of God and Neighbors

Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.

  • Faith based forums engaged women on issues of early marriage, polygamy, healthy family relationships, and ending child abuse. Faith leaders continue to conduct conversations with communities to build peace in families and neighbors.

The numbers shown above are from a specific reporting time period, and include all children in the community who benefited from the programs listed.


current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Abaya, Ethiopia

What does this mean?

World Vision is privileged to offer sponsorship in many communities where the majority of the families we serve are not Christian. When working in these communities, we not only abide by local laws and customs but also strive to show respect and honor to those of different faiths.


In Abaya, agriculture is the primary income-generating activity, with most farmers growing maize or coffee and raising livestock. Families live in mud huts with thatched roofs and typically eat a diet of maize, cassava, sweet potatoes, grains and bananas. The community faces social challenges brought about by HIV and AIDS. With your help, we’ll continue to support children and families here, empowering them to give their children a better future, especially the most vulnerable.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

World Vision has been in this community for 13 years.
Abaya, Ethiopia is in Phase 3


  • We start by building relationships with local leaders and community members.
  • The community identifies their greatest challenges and develops an action plan.
  • The community nominates vulnerable children for sponsorship.


  • Community projects begin as we work shoulder to shoulder with families.
  • Excitement grows as families start experiencing positive change.
  • The well-being of children improves as solutions are implemented.


  • Local leaders and families take on more ownership and self-sufficiency grows.
  • The community and children grow stronger and healthier thanks to large improvements in areas like clean water, education, nutrition, and more.


  • After years of hard work, the community becomes self-reliant and is ready to graduate.
  • We celebrate their success and seek out the next community where God has blessings in store.

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