In Addis Ababa, the capital ofEthiopia, many poor families live in the communities with limited facilities and poor hygiene conditions. Many parents either die from diseases or divorce, causing the family’s income to become very tight. Many families are unable to give their children sufficient nutrition, or pay school fees so the children are unable to attend school.
CEDAR’s partnerAddis AbabaGuenetChurchprovides help to poor children through distributing food and daily commodities, providing education and medical service in order to relieve their family burdens. Also, vocational training is provided to the older children to strengthen their capacity in the hope that they will be able to find a job in the future. Since July 2011, partner has started encouraging the children’s parents to join the small self-help groups. Partner provides trainings about savings and facilitate these groups to use the funds from the group members to set up micro-finance activities. AAGC is diligently teaching the members of the group savings and financial management hoping that in the long run their livelihoods may be improved.