Twenty years ago, Bekelech was a single mother who was unable to feed or educate her 4-year-old daughter. Her husband had been killed in the war and she could not find employment. Bekelech dreamed of opening a stall in the local market in her impoverished neighbourhood near Addis Ababa. She was accepted into the EDA family help program and provided with business training and a start up grant of 3,300 Bir ($115 US) for initial rent payments and to purchase the grains that she would sell. She worked hard to realize her goal and is proud of her achievements. Today, Bekelech is independent and financially stable. Her daughter was able to attend primary and secondary school and has recently graduated from university as an accountant. Bekelech recognizes the work that she put into her business, but she is also grateful for the help and support provided by EDA. “I wouldn’t be the kind of person I am today without EDA”. Visit our Success Stories page to read more about impoverished Ethiopians whose live have been touched by EDA.
EducationEDA education projects take a holistic approach to ensure that both boys and girls have equal opportunities to access quality education.Poor reading and writing skills in the lower grades have a negative impact on a child’s academic success through primary, secondary, and post-secondary education. EDA has partnered with private stakeholders, the school community, the government, and Debra Berhan Teachers Training College to provide young students with a safe school environment and a solid academic foundation.
Education, Training, and Capacity Building ProgramThe EDA Education Program has established 23 alternative basic education centers for more than 20,000 marginalized children who need extra support to be successful in school. Of these children, 95% have already moved on to formal primary schools and some have gone on to higher education.In the EDA Youth Training Program, more than 9,000 youth have been trained in vocational fields including metal work, wood work, and hotel management. Many of these at-risk youth have become self-reliant business owners. The youth who successfully complete our training programs become mentors and in turn hire other unemployed youth in their small businesses.
Akaki –Kaliti is one of the ten urban zones of Addis Ababa. This busy industrial area is located in the southern part of the city, 20 km from the city center. It has an estimated population of 220,740 (114,095 females and 106,645 males). A large percentage of the families are headed by single women.