Ethiopia
Location: Lemo District
Project 1: Shurmo Education and Livelihood Development (SELD)
Project 2: Improving Maternal and Infant Outcomes in Remote Lemo Woreda
PARTNER: Bole Bible Baptist Church (BBBC)
Agriculture is key in Ethiopia, employing around 80% of the population, contributing 47% to the national income and accounting for roughly 90% of exports. According to officials, about 56% of Lemo’s rural areas do not have primary schools within villages. Lemo is one of the most densely populated weredas of the region, with rapidly increasing population.

Project One:

Shurmo Education and Livelihood Development (SELD)

Goal of the Project

SELD is funded by ChildLink supporters, SHE supporters and an ANCP (Australian and Nonprofit Cooperating Program) grant through DFAT (Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade). This project began in 2012 in partnership with BBBC across three kebeles.

Phase 1 was designed to get vulnerable children to school and healthy, while laying a foundation of good development awareness. The focus will shift to economically empowering households to enable them to be self-sustainable.

Phase II Shurmo Education and Livelihood Development Project will address the issues on food insecurity and income generation.

  • Improve the educational status of 1152 (574 being female) children at pre-primary and primary schools in the area;
  • Attain at least 80% food security improvement for 820 farming households, to afford at least 2 major meals per day.

Increase income of farming households, widowed mothers and Self-Help Groups.

Progress Update (Financial Year 2019/2020)

  • 547 community members (286 female) participated in an awareness-raising campaign on the importance of quality education for all,
  • 102 children (60 girls) had their medical fees covered at the Shurmo Health Centre,
  • 5,271 students (2,548 girls) across 4 primary schools and 2 Early Learning Centres were supported, and outdoor play equipment was purchased for the Early Learning Centre,
  • 125 (86 male & 39 female) school teachers received refresher training about sexual reproductive health, leadership and child protection,
  • 30 widows were given improved wheat seeds on 25% credit base,
  • 92 farmers were given loans for chicken, sheep and seed money,
  • 11 Self-Help Groups formed with 173 members (170 female members),
  • 39 Self-Help Group members (all females) received training on business development services and bookkeeping.

To help vulnerable children attend school and improve food security for farming households, donate today.

Project Two:

Improving Maternal and Infant Outcomes in Remote Lemo Woreda

Goal of the Project

This one-year project is funded by Fullife Foundation and an ANCP (Australian and Nonprofit
Cooperating Program) grant.

The project’s objectives are to: 

  • Strengthen the delivery of services at Shurmo Health Centre and its affiliated Health
    Post through staff training and support of essential materials and equipment,
  • Work with the Health Extension Workers and communities to encourage more pregnant women and their families to:
  1. Deliver in a facility staffed by a skilled birth attendant,
  2. Attend more antenatal and postnatal visits at their Health Post, and
  3. Improve mother’s nutrition (in the antenatal, perinatal and postnatal period) and that of her infant.
  • Construct a waiting room building block for pregnant women to stay for the two weeks preceding their due date.

Progress Update (Financial Year 2019/2020)

  • Construction of waiting rooms, latrines, shower rooms and kitchens was finished,
  • 12 midwives (8 female) and 16 (11 female) nurses attended capacity-building training,
  • Shurmo Health Centre resource gaps were identified, and equipment and medical materials were supplied,
  • 72 health workers were trained to do Maternal and Child Health extension in remote areas,
  • 480 community members attended sessions about safe antenatal and postnatal care,
  • 50 mothers were trained about nutrition and balanced diet, but activities have been paused due to the pandemic.

To help strengthen health services, encourage women to birth babies at a health post and provide a building where they can stay before their due date, donate today.

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