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: 2018

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • Children feel safer in their communities. A total of 8 children's groups, comprised of 160 girls and boys, worked with 72 adults to conduct workshops on issues that affect children's lives.
  • 339 adults from 8 villages attended positive discipline workshops where they elearned to care for their children.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • Water, sanitation, and hygiene clubs in three schools taught children about the importance of good sanitation and hygiene behavior. Over 1,300 households built better latrines thanks to training about sanitation. And water pipelines were extended over two miles to reach a community facing a water shortage.
  • More boys and girls are healthy. This year, 4,500 adults and children benefited from the construction of a well by reducing waterborne illnesses and having safe water closer to home.
  • Awareness campaigns encouraged 1,000 pregnant women to visit health facilities for maternal and newborn care services.

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.

  • Students are attending better-equipped schools. A total of 150 teachers participated in literacy trainings. As a result, 2,917 students are learning how to read.
  • Two new early childhood development centers were built, giving 229 girls and boys a place to learn.

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.

  • 150 church leaders and members learned how to shepherd children's spiritual growth and how to manage youth ministries. Faith leaders were trained to address harmful practices like polygamy and child marriage. And an inter-faith forum helped religious leaders from multiple backgrounds come together to support children holistically.
  • More girls and boys are feeling God's love. In total, 150 children attended classes regularly and increased their knowledge of God's word.
  • 80 child representatives attended a peace and conflict resolution workshop where they learned how to bring God's values to difficult situations.

Because World Vision believes in a holistic community development approach, the statements and numbers above, recorded at a point in time, reflect not only our aspirational goals for these communities but are based on all children within the community that benefitted from the specific activity that's identified. Together, in partnership with you, we will work to make these goals a reality.


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 the Abaya community, the availability of food has been impacted by unpredictable rain patterns and the community’s use of traditional, outdated farming techniques. Children suffer the most when families and communities face food insecurity, which makes them vulnerable to malnutrition and other health issues. Malnutrition lowers children’s resistance to infection, puts them at risk of childhood diseases and stunted development, and affects their ability to learn and thrive. The majority of community members have limited access to quality health services because of poorly equipped facilities and a shortage of medication. Few people in Abaya have access to safe drinking water. Unclean water, coupled with improper hygiene and sanitation practices, can result in pneumonia, diarrhea, and other waterborne diseases. HIV also is a concern, with a lack of awareness about prevention, care, and support. People often are reluctant to be tested because of the stigma and discrimination surrounding the disease. Although education is free in Abaya, the cost of school supplies and uniforms are too great of an expense, especially when parents are struggling simply to put food on the table. Parents who are overwhelmed with financial hardships are not likely to prioritize education or encourage their children to stay in school. In some cases, children bear the responsibility of finding a job and making money to support their families. The children who do attend school are not guaranteed a quality education, since many teachers are unqualified and schools are under-resourced. Without a strong foundation in education, children are less likely to break out of the cycle of poverty.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

World Vision has been in this community for 11 years.
Abaya, Ethiopia is in Phase 3

PHASE 1: Years 1-3

  • Listen to desires and concerns of community leaders
  • Partnership with community begins
  • Outline needs and resources
  • Child sponsorship begins

PHASE 2: Years 4-9

  • Community members equipped and empowered to bring change to their own lives
  • Children benefit from life-changing projects
  • Community embraces project ownership

PHASE 3: Years 10-close

  • Years of hard work continues to transform lives
  • Community self-sufficiency grows
  • A sustainable plan for the future is determined
  • World Vision leaves

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