CARE's work in Ethiopia

CARE started working in Ethiopia in 1984 in response to severe drought and famine. Although we still carry out emergency food relief, the main focus of our work has shifted towards addressing the root causes of poverty and vulnerability through longer-term rehabilitation and development. This includes governance, water and sanitation, education and being prepared for future emergencies. Our programmes particularly support women and girls in rural and urban areas. We work to combat child marriage and support children and women affected by HIV and AIDS. Through vocational training and access to savings and loans, we help people earn a decent living.

Help Her Live, Learn and Earn

From March-June 2016, donations by CARE supporters to the Help Her Live, Learn and Earn campaign were doubled by the UK government – with the extra funds going directly to a water, sanitation and women’s rights project that aims to reduce the extreme vulnerability of very poor and marginalised people in the Afar region of Ethiopia.

Graphic showing impact of CARE's water project in Ethiopia

Standing up to child marriage

Fighting HIV and AIDS

In Addis Ababa, CARE is reducing the number of children who are infected with HIV at birth by raising awareness about HIV and AIDS and how it can be prevented among women of childbearing age. We combine awareness-raising activities, such as community-led education campaigns and school clubs, with voluntary counselling and testing services, where tests are carried out for a fraction of the cost of private testing. In addition, we work in partnership with local community groups to provide support and care to those most affected by HIV and AIDS such as the elderly, bed-ridden patients and orphans.

About CARE

Founded in 1945 to send 'CARE packages' to people recovering from war, we have been fighting poverty in the world’s poorest countries for 75 years.

CARE's impact

We work in 104 countries around the world, saving lives in emergencies and finding long-term solutions to poverty for millions of people every year.

Our aims

We empower women and girls to fulfil their potential – because when one woman is helped out of poverty, she brings her family and community with her.

Your support

Your support is what makes our poverty-fighting work possible. You can trust us to spend our funds wisely and effectively to help people in need.

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