CEO Update: Emergency Aid in Afar

Last month our partner APDA shared with me that rain has not fallen since late September in much of the Afar Region. Exacerbating this, fighting continues in the region’s southern Zone 6. Women and children are living with severe hunger, thirst and disease. They tell us that security concerns mean that other NGOs and international […]

Amina’s tireless work to end FGM and child- marriage

Amina is 42 years old and has been working with our partner the Afar Pastoralist Development Association (APDA) to end FGM since she was 20. A native of Afar, she has been with the project since its inception. Starting as a Women-Extension Worker, Amina progressed to being a Women Extension Leader in her area and […]

Senait’s Story

When fighting reached Sifra on the Tigray border, Senait, along with her family and neighbours, fled for their lives. But, in the chaos and confusion Senait was separated from her mother. Like so many others she was desperate for news of her family but when it came, her heart was broken.  Her mother had been […]

Response to Minister for Foreign Affairs announcement November 2021

The situation in Tigray, and now further afield in Afar and Amhara, is deeply concerning and this is a situation that we are having to communicate about very carefully.  In recent weeks UN officials have been detained and UN aid drivers stopped.  Earlier this month the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, shared that Irish […]

Update from one of our partners

We visited as deep into the affected district as possible going into the rural area first by vehicle across grazing plains and then by foot seeking the displaced people. Estimated at around 30 to 35,000 people, they have had to move several times, passing through many districts, as fighting has encroached further into their territory. […]

Update on Emergency Situation in Ethiopia November 2021

ETHIOPIA DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY AS CONFLICT THREATENS TO SPREAD   We are concerned to see recent media reports of the conflict escalating and extending beyond the  Tigray and Afar region.  It has now been one year since the conflict began and our partners in Ethiopia are watching these events unfold with growing despair.  APDA’s […]

Current challenges for girls’ education in Ethiopia​

The conflict in Tigray has significantly disrupted our partner’s ability to deliver their planned projects in schools across the region. In November 2020, growing tensions in the Tigray region escalated into violence and fighting. Over 1 million of people are now displaced, schools remain closed and life is very difficult. Access to food, water and health […]

Emergency Appeal – latest update from APDA

As the conflict has spread into the Afar region, our partner APDA has been working to assist over 70,000 displaced people fleeing the fighting along the borders with the Tigray and Amhara regions. The pastoralist community and people from towns in the Afar region are fleeing before the fighting reaches them, struggling to stay a […]

Dr Ambaye, Senior Fistula Surgeon

My name is Dr. Ambaye Woldemichael and I have been practicing for 27 years. I trained under Dr Catherine Hamlin, whose vision I share of an Ethiopia free from fistula. I have been working with Ethiopiaid for the last 5 years.  I am serving women who are victims of obstetric fistula in Africa especially in […]

Ache’s Story

Ache isn’t sure of her birthday but believes she is over 50 years old. When she was a very young woman, Ache gave birth but her labour was painful, lasting 3 whole days. In the end, her baby did not survive and Ache found she could no longer control her bladder. She has lived with […]

Meet Fasil

Fasil Ayele is the Executive Director at Cheshire Services Ethiopia. Read our interview with him to find out more about their work and his experience there. How long have you worked at Cheshire Services?I have been working for Cheshire Ethiopia since April 1, 1996, 25 years this year! Why did you start working at Cheshire […]

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