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Ethiopia is one of the world’s poorest countries.

More than a quarter of its population living on less than $1 a day. Natural disasters are frequent: droughts, floods and insect infestations regularly threaten large rural areas of the country. Most Ethiopians rely on farming to survive, but it is extremely difficult to grow anything in such harsh climate conditions.

Poor rainfall leaves communities across Ethiopia in desperate need of water, with thousands even migrating to other areas in hope of better access. With no food or clean water, children become ill and malnourished, with many dying young as a result.

Islamic Relief worked in Ethiopia to provide relief during severe droughts in 2000, 2001 and 2002, opening a permanent office in January 2004. As well as emergency relief, we carry out long-term development projects to improve access to healthcare, education,water and sanitation.

We also aim to give communities food security, protecting them from future disasters by helping them prepare in advance, as well as giving livelihoods support so that families can start providing for themselves. By giving loans and business training to women, we have helped them start small businesses which now support their entire families.

In the throes of the 2011 famine, Islamic Relief launched a widescale emergency response operation to save as many of the 12 million lives in danger as possible.

  • Qurbani meat distribution
  • Ramadan food package distribution
  • Orphan one-to-one sponsorship
  • Positive child development 
    • Contributed towards poverty alleviation and sufferings of people living in Addis Ababa City by improving community based service providing centres
    • Delivered library chairs, tables, book shelves, and computers and provided youth centre leaders training on life skills, HIV/AIDS and child protection concerns
  • Safe water supply
    • Provided safe and clean water to Udet and Moyale communities