Ethiopia

Ethiopia is one of the world’s poorest countries, with more than a quarter of its population living on less than $1 a day. 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, there is regularly poor rainfall, which leaves communities across Ethiopia in desperate need of water, with thousands of families 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.

Although the climate is not consistent, there is regularly poor rainfall, which leaves communities across Ethiopia in desperate need of water, with thousands of families 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 in Ethiopia

Islamic Relief began working in Ethiopia during the severe droughts that in 2000-2002, 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, affecting over 12 million people. We also work on long-term development projects to improve access to healthcare, education, water and sanitation, with the aim of getting to the roots of poverty.

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 to establish small businesses, giving families the chance to support themselves and not have to rely upon charities for their survival.

Projects in Ethiopia