Projects

 

SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH DOULAS FOR FAMILY PLANNING, PREGNANCY AND SAFE ABORTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Ethiopia, women lack information of sexual and reproductive health, pregnancy and abortion. They don´t know about their rights and options in case of unwanted pregnancy and are not aware of existing services. Because of that, they often undergo unsafe abortion procedure or give birth secretly and abandon their child. Women lack a comprehensive support in for them new situation.

Sexual and reproductive doulas (non-medical professionals) will be trained in five most vulnerable, hard-to-reach communities and assist women by providing support and guidance in family planning, pregnancy/unexpected pregnancy (information on SRH, available services, options, link women with services, help arranging transport, assists women emotionally, accompanying women to a health centre). Besides that, five health centre capacities will be enhanced.

 Donor: AmplifyChange

 
ADDRESSING SOCIO-ECONOMIC CHALLENGES THROUGH ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP

 

 

In Ethiopia, many young people search for jobs to gain their living. Due to limited skills and employment opportunities, they often end-up in poverty. On the other hand, there are missing services in the country. The project inspires young people to solve both – by Active Citizenship and Social Enterprise. Active Citizenship encourages people to play an active role in the society and its development, and to actively search for and create solutions. One of the tools to do so, can be Social Enterprises - for - profit businesses using commercial mechanisms to improve well-being of a community.  Based on these two concepts, the project motivates young people to reflect on their identity and position in communities. It gives them confidence to take responsibility for problems in the society, and provides them with skills and guidance for addressing these problems, identifying resources, developing social business ideas, planning and making these ideas a reality. The project engages micro-finance and public institutions and mobilizes communities to support young people in their efforts. The project is implemented in nine target areas characterized by high poverty and unemployment rates in seven regions of Ethiopia. ECYDO focuses on Addis Ababa. 

Donor: British Council

 

THE GIRLS POWER

According to a study by Forum for Sustainable Child Empowerment (FSCE), Ethiopia, nearly seven out of ten girls in Ethiopia are sexually abused and three out of ten girls will be raped at least once before reaching the age of eighteen. Only 9 % of victims of sexual abuse in Ethiopia seek help at police.

Eshet Children and Youth Development Organization and its cluster member’s project therefore, seeks to empower girls to protect themselves against gender-based violence, provide them with information where to seek assistance, strengthen the support within the community and on the institutional level, increase awareness and challenge harmful attitudes in the community and engage the communities.

Donor: Child Rights and Violence Prevention Fund

 

YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT DEMOCRACY, WOMEN INVOLVEMENT AND ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP THROUGH EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING, MOCK DEMOCRACY AND SMALL COMMUNITY PROJECTS

  

 

 

 

 

 

The project is implemented in 5 primary school found in Asella town in Oromia Region, Ethiopia.  The proposed project location is known as transit town with the high prevalence of HIV, gender based violence and harmful traditional practices such as early marriage.  ECYDO aims at raising awareness around violence against girl’s and democracy to eliminate harmful phenomena. The project  empowers girls and promotes girls’ participation and enhance understanding of democratic processes. The goal of the project is to enhance knowledge and awareness on governance, democracy, the rule of law, gender equality, to increase the confidence of girls among targeted in-school adolescent boys and girls; to be active citizen within their community.

 Donor: Canada Embassy (Canada Fund for local initiatives (CFLI)

 

FACILITATING INTEGRATION OF AND ACCESS TO EDUCATIVE MATERIALS FOR CHILDREN WITH VISUAL IMPAIRMENT

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to GEES research center, 1.6 percent of the population of Ethiopia is blind — that makes around 250,000 people. Microfinance organizations reported that persons with disabilities only accounted for 0.5 percent of their clients at the maximum. In Ethiopia, 95 percent of all persons with disabilities are estimated to live in poverty (Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs).  Many depend on family support and begging for their livelihoods. The project aims at improving the access of children with visual impairment to educative materials and better inclusion into regular schools and by that improving their chances later to gain their livelihood. SCPDA runs a school for 20 children with visual impairment in Bishoftu, 40 students graduated from the school in previous years. The children are provided with education equivalent to the 1st and 2nd grades of the primary school with a special attention to reading and writing in Braille. Every year, around 10 children graduate from this special school and are sent to regular schools where they need to integrate into classes very often consisting of 70 or 80 children. Due to the high number of pupils in the classes, no special attention can be given to the children with visual impairment. Lack of educative materials for children with visual impairment makes the integration even more difficult. In our project, we bought an embosser (Braille printer) and print for the children new textbooks. We equipped the children leaving the school with basic tablets into which they could download audio textbooks and books and use them for education. We recorded 4 new missing audio textbooks In addition, 30 children were also equipped with white canes for safer movement. Teachers from schools in Bishoftu and Addis Ababa, which the graduates attend, received a training of education of children with visual impairment. Besides that, people with visual impairment are still by many Ethiopians regarded as "cursed by the devil". Therefore, ECYDO in cooperation with SCPDA worked with communities to eliminate the stigmatization of blindness and to motivate communities to support blind people and children.

Donor: Embassy of the Czech Republic

 

THREE GENERATION PROUD TO SAY NO TO FGM

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The project breaks through educative and entertaining activities, as a natural way of communication,  the silence on female genital mutilation (FGM). It gives space to open inter-generation and intergender dialogue, sets role models and ambassadors speaking out against the practise and overcomes the fear of social exclusion when FGM not performed. It provides information about the negative consequences of FGM, and eliminates myths related to FGM, for example that teh ritual is required by religion or that not circumcised wife will not be faithful.  The project engages, sensitizes and strengthens services involved in FGM prevention and response, communities and grassroots organizations to enhance the movement against FGM, coopereates closely with religious leaders and elders who have the trust of the communities and the ability to influence their attitudes. A regional celebrity supports the project and speaks out actively against the practise to set an example.

Donor: The Girls Generation

 
 

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