ADDIS ABBABA — Ethiopia is one of the first nations to come up when charity work in other countries is being discussed. Many are aware that the nation located in the horn of Africa is afflicted with several unfortunate issues. However, most are unsure what exactly these problems are, and what exactly can be done to assist the country’s population. For those uncertain about how to help people in Ethiopia, there are quite a few ways to lend a helping hand.
The most important step in solving a problem is knowing what the problem is. Though there are many different issues Ethiopia faces today, there are a few to overcome that are paramount to promote wellbeing.
According to the CIA World Factbook, only 48.6 percent of the rural population has seen an improvement in the drinking water supply. Put this next to the fact that more than 80 percent of Ethiopia’s entire population is rural, and this begins to look like a very serious problem.
This lack of sanitation often has a fatal impact on the people of Ethiopia. More than 8,500 children under the age of five die from diarrhoeal diseases each year, diseases which thrive in poorly sanitized water.
For Hadis Tekele, an Ethiopian priest and member of his village’s sanitation committee, retrieving water from the hand pump four kilometers away takes about an hour there and back. This long journey for water can sometimes force people to resort to using unclean water sources nearby.
But WaterAid is tackling this problem head on. WaterAid is an organization dedicated to providing clean water for those living where clean water is hard to come by. Through partnering with technical experts, regional governments, and other charities, WaterAid has funded the installation of more than 50 water and sanitation projects across Ethiopia, helping more than 1.2 million people gain access to clean water.
This group has figured out how to help people in Ethiopia, and to help them, it is as easy as donating, which can be found on their page.
Another issue affecting the lives of the Ethiopian people is the alarming amount of orphaned children. A 14-year-old Ethiopian orphan named Mandefro Kassa described his life on the streets: “I have not seen one good thing about living in the street. Everything is horrible.”
The nation experiences one of the largest percentages of orphaned children in the world, at around 13 percent.
These children are often forced to work for a living, if they can find a job. However, being without basic rights, even the ones that do find jobs are prone to various forms of exploitation, including sexual exploitation.
But there is hope for these children. Anyone with their heart set on volunteering can find a prime opportunity to help people in Ethiopia on projects-abroad.org. Here, there is information about an opportunity to work with orphaned children in orphanages, daycare centers, kindergartens, or care homes. There is no professional experience required. “All we ask is that you have a passion for helping others and a commitment to the work and to the people you are here for,” the page reads.
– Stephen Praytor