Ethiopia is one of the world’s poorest countries with a quarter of its population living below the national poverty line. Although most Ethiopians rely on farming to survive the harsh climate conditions, which include regular droughts followed by flooding as well as insect infestations, makes farming extremely difficult.
Although the climate is not consistent the poor rainfall is regular, which leaves communities across Ethiopia in desperate need of water. Thousands of families have even migrated to other areas in hope of better access to water. With no food or clean water, children become ill and malnourished with many dying young.
Islamic Relief began working in Ethiopia during the severe droughts in 2000-2002 by delivering emergency food and clean water. As Ethiopia is prone to natural disasters we regularly conduct emergency relief projects, most recently in the 2011 famine that struck East Africa which affected over 12 million people.
We also work towards giving 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.
We provide interest-free loans and business training which helps people establish small businesses, giving families the chance to support themselves and not have to rely upon charities for their survival.