Fast Facts

Population: 96.6 million 
Life expectancy: 60.75 years (58.43 for males, 63.15 for females)
Infant mortality: 55 deaths for every 1,000 live births
Maternal mortality: 350 per 100,000 live births
Adult literacy rate: 39%             
Access to improved drinking water: 44%
Access to sanitation facilities: 21%
GDP per capita: $1,300

(Source: CIA World Factbook)


CARE in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a landlocked country in the Horn of Africa. Agriculture is the main industry and employs 85 per cent of the population.

CARE established operations in Ethiopia in 1984 in response to the 1984/5 drought and famine. Since then, CARE’s activities have expanded to address the underlying causes of poverty. CARE Ethiopia undertakes a range of programs addressing food security and nutrition, water and sanitation, pastoralist and natural resource management, sexual and reproductive health, civil society strengthening, HIV and AIDS, basic education, and emergency programming in both farming and pastoralist communities.

Currently, CARE is working closely with communities to assist with drought rehabilitation; helping people with nutrition, water and sanitation; emergency seed distribution; and animal feed distribution to protect the assets of farming communities.

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Stories from CARE's work in Ethiopia  

It takes a village to recover from drought

Rain rules the lives of rural Ethiopians. When drought came to the district of Mesela, people coped by reducing their number of daily meals, and selling their remaining livestock (often their most important assets).

CARE then initiated a livelihoods recovery project, distributing cereal and vegetable seeds, poultry along with agriculture training. Read more.

The Village Savings and Loans Group in Mesela

©Audree Montpetit/CARE

Help one woman out of poverty and she will bring four others with her

by Amelia Poxon, Communications Coordinator, CARE Australia

In the highlands of Ethiopia, 37-year-old Yalemie is helping her husband, her four children and her whole community to improve their health and their future.

Yalemie is a member of her village’s Water Committee, established through CARE’s water, sanitation and hygiene project. Her role in the committee is to be the pump attendant – she maintains and repairs the water pump that her village worked with CARE to build. Read more.

Yalemie and the other women in her village now have access to safe, clean water for their families

©Josh Estey/CARE

Not just a divorcee

by Amelia Poxon, Communications Coordinator, CARE Australia

Divorce can have social stigmas attached to it in countries all over the world. In Ethiopia, it can also leave women trapped in poverty.

Young girls in rural Ethiopia have limited opportunities to access education and are often married as young as 15 years of age. Their sole task is then to care for their husband’s household and their family. Read more.

Since joining a CARE Village Savings and Loans group, Fasika has gained new skills and has the opportunity to save for the future.

© Josh Estey/CARE


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