Abaya Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.


Entrepreneurs formed a pottery cooperative to increase their income from non-farm sources. We helped them get started by giving them access to equipment and microfinance loans. We helped 600 children establish savings accounts to encourage a habit of saving to prepare them for the future. 20 families started processing and selling honey after they were trained in beekeeping and equipped with beehives. We constructed a veterinary post in a community with high rates of livestock disease and death, making it possible for 644 families to vaccinate their livestock. 564 families adopted improved farming practices such as planting vegetables and fruit trees. 64 families planted mango trees to provide nutritious fruit for their children. 82 women started using clean, energy-efficient cook stoves, which reduce smoke inhalation for adults and children and decrease the demand for firewood—a scarce commodity in this heavily deforested area. The women were also connected with savings groups to help them increase their income. Together with local leaders, we facilitated community forums on healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy. We also trained traditional birth attendants to register pregnant women and coordinate deliveries with local health agencies. To improve access to quality maternal and child health services, we provided health centers with medical equipment, supplies, newborn care kits, antibiotics, and oral rehydration solution. We stocked outpatient health programs with supplies and essential drugs (Vitamin A, iron, and folic acid) to improve the health of 500 pregnant and breast-feeding women. 500 people learned about the health and nutrition benefits of breast-feeding infants, when to introduce nutritious solid foods, and how to prepare nutritious food for their children. 726 families participated in HIV-prevention campaigns. Through mothers support groups, 47 mothers learned how to prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child. 120 farmers learned how to restore and protect environmentally degraded farmland through training in soil and water conservation. 5,020 children participated in a community literacy program that encourages kids to read at home and at school. To launch the program, we worked with community members to build 25 reading rooms, trained reading camp facilitators, and distributed nearly 14,400 children's books in the local language. We furnished a primary school with multi-student desks, decreasing the number of students per desk from four to three. 280 additional children enrolled in school after we built a new classroom block to accommodate more students. To help disaster-prone communities become more resilient, we trained 200 people in early warning systems and ways to reduce the impact of disasters such as droughts. 2,834 vulnerable children were assisted with school supplies, medical checkups, and medical expenses.

Cross-cutting issues

Most Vulnerable Children, Protection, Peace, Advocacy, HIV&AIDS


  • Ethiopia>Oromia


  • Agriculture
  • Disaster Prevention and Preparedness
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Health

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