Adolescent girls as well as children and young people that come from impoverished circumstances, are often overlooked, unable to access education and healthcare – failing to achieve their full potential.
These challenges not only threaten their education but also their opportunity to climb from poverty to prosperity.
To help the underprivileged climb from poverty to prosperity; giving equal opportunities to adolescent girls through the provision of a menstruation pack.
We have partnered with three local organisations: Hope Enterprises, Hope University College and Dignity Period.
Manale studies at Hope University College. Manale’s fees are sponsored which meant that she can continue studying without worry.
Hope Enterprises helps thousands of impoverished children and young people to continue their education every year. It all starts with a simple breakfast.
Freweini has dedicated her life to helping girls stay in school by providing them with menstruation packs. In 2009, she opened a local Ethiopian business with huge social impact.
Hope Enterprises has created the ‘Ladders of Hope’ programme to help people in need climb from poverty to prosperity. A key focus is education with 7 sites across Ethiopia where children and young people can access kindergarten through to primary/secondary school, university or vocational training. Once a student is accepted into a Hope school every effort is made to ensure their long-term success. Hope Enterprises also works to fight hunger and malnutrition, plus improve community health through clean water and hygiene.
Dignity Period helps Ethiopian girls stay in school by providing the supplies and education they need to manage menstruation. In areas where menstruation is a highly taboo subject and school dropout rates for girls are as high as 51% (over 20% higher than that for boys), this enables girls not only to finish their education but also to enjoy better joy and life prospects. Dignity Period works across the regions of Afar and Tigray, distributing locally-made, reusable sanitary pads and hygiene kits to girls in school, and also providing educational booklets to both girls and boys which help dispel myths and reduce the stigma behind menstruation.
Opening its doors in 2011, the Hope University College of Business Science & Technology was the first public benefit institution of higher learning in Ethiopia. Its aim to provide a first-class education for impoverished youth in Ethiopia and reduce the “brain drain” in the country resulting from students moving aboard to seek the education they couldn’t find at home. There are currently just over 1,500 students enrolled.
In 2019, Ethiopiaid’s donors and local partners made a real difference to students, vulnerable children and adults.
girls can now stay in school thanks to menstrual hygiene kits provided since Dignity Period was founded
students who are enrolled in Hope University College in Ethiopia
children on the streets of Addis Ababa who were fed breakfast and could attend free school each day
female home workers attended night school and 130 students enrolled in graduate school
children enrolled in Hope schools and provided with meals, basic care and support
students who could enrol in HOPE's Technical and Vocational Training - 86% of whom were employed upon graduation earning a good wage and resulting in self sufficiency
Adolescent girls are often subjected to harmful traditional practices, such as female genital mutilation, gender-based violence and child marriage.
Ethiopia has over four million people over the age of 60. Many of these people have no access to a state pension and are unable to save for their old age.
People living with disabilities are routinely denied their most basic human rights, and are cut off from education, employment and healthcare. In Ethiopia, many live in extreme poverty.