Kewot woreda  is found in north Shewa Zone of Amhara Region, which is located at 225 km north of Addis Ababa along the main road to Dessie. Agro- climatologically 79% lowland and semi-arid with altitude ranging between 1100 and 2700 m. The vast majority of people are rural small holding who depend on cultivation of 16,046 hectares of arable land. Based on the 2007 national census conducted by the Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia (CSA) rural Kewot woreda has a total population of 100,760 male 52,038 Female 48,722

There have been significant socio-economic and development challenges in the wereda like shortage of food, recurrent drought, lack of availability of improved agricultural technologies and backward cultural production practices. Food shortage has led to significant rural urban migration and households have not been able to maintain even the subsistence level of economy. Many individuals are moving into the town (Shewa Robit) in search of daily labour and still good number of them particularly women sells firewood aggravating the depletion of the existing workers thereby contributing to the HIV/AIDS epidemics. 

EDA’s Intervention in the Area

  • Education

EDA recognizes that for children to perform well academically and to be retained in school, it is important to focus on three main areas of education. 

    • Early childhood Development (ECD).
    • Primary school cycle 
    • Adult literacy and parental involvement:  The focus will be adult literacy and maximizing the engagement of parents, community members and community groups in enhancing education quality.

This project has been benefiting:

    • 1121 ECD Center children 
    • 2250 adults/parents in 6 literacy centers 
    • 90 school  leaders
    • 338 PTA and KETB
    • 3750 out of school children aged 4 to 6.
    • 1250 out of school children aged 6-17
    • 173 teachers and facilitators
    • 3534 primary school children who are currently in the schools 
    • one district education offices 
  • Agricultural livelihoods diversification program
    • The program aimed to attain food security through increasing income
    • 1522 household farmers has been benefitted in the program; especially in apiculture, crops production, horticultural crops production using irrigation as well as animal rearing.
    • One cooperative has been strengthened and mandated to run the overall functioning of the program in the agricultural projects.
  • Poor household project:

This project has beenimplemented in five kebele of kewote woreda. Almost 184 households living in five kebeles of kewote woredas, (Yelen, Tere, Medina, Sefiberet and Abayatire) are found to be food insufficient due to various factors. The project has been benefiting the targeted community directly and indirectly. 

    • 184 destitute HHs (60% involve women) as a direct target
    • 920 family member as indirect target