Imagine1day has continued its humanitarian response to people affected by the current crisis in Tigray Region.
In partnership with UNICEF, we have launched an education and child protection project for Internally Displaced People in the Mekelle and Shire towns of Tigray region.
Identifying those in need
As the rest of the world grapples with the global pandemic, in the East Guji Zone of Ethiopia, it is no different. A COVID-19 crisis has emerged and enveloped most of the area, preventing emergency provisions, creating barriers to accessing education, clean water has been difficult to source and access to supplies has been limited.
Kenani Sora, a grade 2 student, and her family had no idea about COVID-19, like most Belanbel Internally Displaced People (IDP) community members. They were not in a position to access media outlets, nor did they receive any NGO or government assistance – not even a visit.
As the only daughter of her family, Adi, age 12, has many at-home responsibilities. She must also look after her grandparents. But despite the burden of her family’s belief that she will aspire to nothing more than a housewife, it has not deterred her from her dream.
“I had lost all hope that my life could be any better, but then imagine1day’s education opportunity enabled me to dream of a bright future,” says Kaliti Galgalo, who was able to access at-home education via radio after a more than a two-year absence from school.
“After what my son experienced, it is a privilege that he is able to access education. Given his individualist nature of dealing with his problems on his own, I was worried about his fate with no education,” says Nedi, Godana’s mother.
In Buluk community, like many remote villages in Ethiopia, girls spend a lot of their day on the endless task of fetching water. Sometimes they travel as much as four hours back and forth, with only river water available.
imagine1day Project Update February 2021
Over the last three years, imagine1day has partnered with the Costa Foundation to carry on the critical work of granting access to education for out-of-school children across Ethiopia.
2020 was a year full of challenges and opportunities, and as we carry on with our critical work across the country, 2021 is shaping up to be another such year.
The conflict that erupted on November 4, 2020 in the Tigray region of Ethiopia has led to immediate and large-scale internal displacement.
The Hulule Mojo Inclusive and Safe WASH project
“On the days I have to go and fetch water for my family, I am often late for school and arrive hungry, which means I can’t properly follow along in class or understand the lessons,” says Merium Abdi, 15.