1. 38% of children are chronically malnourished
Ethiopian families live with devastatingly high rates of malnutrition, childhood illness and death. The need for sustainable development in our country is urgent.
Ripple Effect Ethiopia’s training in an agroecological climate positive approach is radically improving families’ food security, food diversity and incomes. As a result, most of the farming families we work with now eat three meals a day, which has significantly improved child nutrition.
2. Internally displaced people (IDPs)
Political instability, conflict and insecurity especially in the northern part of the country, has affected the lives of many families and communities. People have lost their livelihoods, everything they own and have grown, schools and medical services have ceased and there has been deep psychological trauma. The rise in gender-based violence, and growing numbers of internally displaced people and refugees have called for quick and organised action.
Ripple Effect Ethiopia actively supports marginalised people, including refugees and IDPs; our projects alleviate poverty, build resources and enable communities to thrive.
Eighteen percent of our population are living with disabilities, according to the World Report on Disability jointly published by the World Bank and World Health Organisation. That is 15 million children, adults and elderly people, the vast majority of them in rural areas where access to basic services is limited. Many of them depend on family support or begging for their survival.
3. 95% of people with disabilities are estimated to live in poverty
We know that people with disabilities often face cultural, environmental and institutional discrimination. Ripple Effect Ethiopia is working to change the mind-set of people with disabilities, and their communities. We include them in all our programmes, and all the technologies that we introduce to communities will have to be accessible to everyone.