As a result of the economically precarious situation in the area, community members, especially girls, have been exposed to various types abuse, including sexual abuse in the form of forced prostitution, rape and labor exploitation.
The poor economic outlook has also led to a voluntary movement of young girls and boys to urban centers in search of a better life. They often encounter miserable, dangerous lives on the street.
A large percentage of the children who remain in Debre Berhan fare no better. Many are raped or forced into unsafe sex, which often results in unwanted pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, STDs and chronic emotional and physical problems.
Debre Berhan serves as waypoint between Addis Ababa and several other urban centers. Every year, hundreds of abused and trafficked children are transported through the city on their way to a final destination. The situation demands a community-based child protection program to alleviate the multi-faceted problems of the abused and vulnerable children.
EDA has been implementing integrated community-based projects in the area since 2001: These projects include:
Education
Child Protection
Youth Livelihood Project

 

Success Stories

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.

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    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.
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