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Amhara Region

problems related to acute poverty, including child abuse and exploitation, poor quality education, and unemployment and low income.

Children living in poverty are vulnerable to social problems like sexual abuse and exploitation, child trafficking, and child labor. Children are often exposed to these problems in the process of moving from remote to urban areas to attain better lives. Thus, EDA’s child protection program works in collaboration with many sectors and stakeholders to address these problems and develop a community-based child protection system.

Although access to education has increased in rural and urban areas, the quality of education has yet to catch up in most Ethiopian schools. In response to this need, EDA works on providing access to quality education in Amhara region schools. EDA’s education program provides capacity building training for faculty and staff, material support, renovation and construction services, and promotes improved literacy for children and adults. This program is implemented in preschool classrooms, primary schools, and functional adult literacy (FAL) classrooms.

Unemployment and low income are major challenges for youth and farmers, respectively. Thus, EDA engages youth in capacity building trainings and provides access to microfinance loans. This enables the youth to engage in work like auto mechanics, animal rearing, tailoring, food preparation, and hairdressing. EDA also provides livelihood support for farmers and poor households by providing sheep, goats, and equipment for beekeeping.