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Access to Clean Water as a Means to Keep Girls in School

2024-03-14T08:07:59+00:00March 14th, 2024|WASH, Education, Oromia Region|

“I was forced to drop out of school to fetch water in June 2019. The rainy season made my toughest chore even tougher; I couldn’t make time for schooling. It was impossible to travel 14 km back and forth on foot in slippery mud and still attend education,” says Saliya Umer, 16 years old, previously

Access to Clean Water vis-à-vis Women’s Empowerment

2024-03-14T07:54:16+00:00March 14th, 2024|Oromia Region, WASH|

“It is for the first time in my life that I have witnessed and be part of such kind of training as woman in Hulule Mojo community,” says Feriya Mohammed, participant of WASHCO training given as part of Hulule Mojo IS-WASH project. Women are the ones responsible for fetching water walking long distance on foot

Biritus journey to a better future against disability

2024-03-12T12:03:57+00:00March 12th, 2024|Education, Benishangul Gumuz, Educate a Child|

“The EU project of imagine1day changed the fact that my parents used to hide me from people being ashamed of my disability,” says Biritu Mengistu 13 years old Accelerated Learned Program (ALP) student, at Mambuk IDP site of Mandura district, Benishangul Gumuz. Biritu has a disability at birth in both her legs and hands. Her

A Hope Regained – Oltebo’s Journey to Schooling

2024-03-12T11:30:03+00:00March 12th, 2024|Education, Educate a Child, Southern Ethiopia|

“I used to believe that education is forbidden for children with a disability like myself. Until the Accelerated Learning Program (AEP) of UNICEF’s My Home project imagine1day is implementing in my community proved me wrong,” says Oltebo 12 years old Accelerated Education Program student in the Borkora AEP learning site, Kolme district of Konso zone,

Keeping children in school amid poverty and conflict

2024-02-16T06:05:51+00:00February 15th, 2024|Education, Featured|

In conflict-affected areas in Ethiopia, UNICEF and partners are working to restore education.   “Only education has made it possible for me to regain confidence after all the trauma, fear, and pain,” says 14-year-old Mihiret Ayenew, from Lalibela, Amhara region, Ethiopia. Mihiret was born and raised in Hawassa, Sidama region. She had a good life

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