Ongoing Projects

Let’s Hear it from boys!

The primary objective of the project is to facilitate the process in which in-school adolescent boys and young men realize their potential to act as agents of change by raising awareness about and act against those sexual and reproductive health issues including HIV that disproportionately affect women and girls such as HIV/AIDS, and gender-based violence that increases the transmission.

Start Date: October 2017

End Date: October 2018

Target Group: boys and young men (12-18), girls and young women (12-18)

Implementation Location: Oromia region, Asella city

Donor: U. S. Embassy in Ethiopia, U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

Results up to now: Boys’ clubs have been established in three partner secondary schools, 60 peer educators have been trainer about sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS. These peer-educators hosted 21 sessions where they discussed the subjects with their schoolmates. In total, 720 pupils have been reached so far through these sessions. Besides that, six school-wide educative and entertaining events have been organized by the boys’ clubs that spread further the message on HIV/AIDS and sexual health in general. The young people had the opportunity to thing and talk about gender roles, respect in relationships, and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. In addition, to sensitize the local leaders, ECYDO has conducted a workshop for more than 50 stakeholders.

Promoting SRH for Holistic Development of Young People in Addis Ababa and Oromiya Regional States

The project aims at increasing access to quality and youth friendly sexual and health information and services to the targeted young people, improving their knowledge in the area, challenge their attitude about gender roles, and motivating young people to make safe and informed sexual and reproductive health related decisions. The project foresee also improvement of technical and leadership capacity of 300 young people who would talk to their peers about sexual and reproductive health issues, such as physical changes in puberty, HIV/AIDS, unwanted pregnancy, early marriage, female genital mutilation or gender-based violence and become agents of change. Parents, school communities and services providers are closely involved in the project implementation in order to increase the capacity of the institutions to provide adequate, youth-friendly services.

Start Date: June 2017

End Date: November 2019

Target Group: 1200 young people (of which, 60% or 720 of them be girls)

Implementation Location: Addis Ababa

Donor: The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Projects in Preparation

Preventing early marriage, teenage pregnancy and school dropout through socio-economic empowerment of girls

The project will promote education of girls among themselves and their families. Half of girls in Oromia get married before they reach 17.4 years of age. Once they get married, a vast majority drops out of school to take care of the household. They do not use their full potential. In addition, women with low or no education are according to the Ethiopian Demographic Health Survey 2016 more vulnerable to poverty, experiencing gender-based violence, have limited access to health care and maternal health care, including delivery with a professional assistance and therefore threatening their lives or the lives of their child. Children of mothers with low or no education are less likely to get proper vaccinations and more likely to be undernourished. The project will explain to girls and their families the impact of low education and benefits of higher education, provide girls with live and business skill trainings, link them with employers, education and financing opportunities. Counselors will be established at schools to assist girls to develop their individual plans to continue school if necessary, to assist them in gaining support from their families. By economic and social empowerment of girls and shift of attitudes in the society, we will reduce traditional practices, such as early marriages and teenage pregnancy, enhance education of girls, and prevent poverty and pertaining negative phenomena.

Start Date: September 2018

End Date: February 2019

Target Group: girls 12-18 years (both married and not-married), their mothers, fathers and young men

Implementation Location: Oromia region, Arsi zone

Donor: Ethiopiaid UK