Gawata Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.


To equip young people with skills for the future and improve their economic prospects, we trained 40 young people in entrepreneurship, business management, and crucial life skills such as saving money and managing their time wisely. Women learned how to raise poultry and cows, empowering them to earn a living for their families. Through savings groups and other income-generating activities, community members were able to decrease their reliance on farming as their sole source of income. To support their efforts, we offered training in business management, bookkeeping, and other essential business skills. 57 families are better able to provide for their children after receiving heifers. We also helped families multiply their livestock herds by building a facility for artificial insemination. Farmers were supplied with seeds and tree seedlings to restore and improve environmentally degraded farmland. Families learned new irrigation techniques to help them grow more food and reduce their reliance on rainfall. 13,360 children younger than 5 were treated with Vitamin A through a medical outreach campaign supported by World Vision. Vitamin A prevents blindness and strengthens children's resistance to potentially fatal childhood illnesses. We expanded a health center, giving children and their mothers better access to essential healthcare services. We facilitated awareness campaigns on the proper use of insecticidal bed nets and supported indoor spraying to help protect 6,210 people against malaria. 49 teachers and 76 children were trained in HIV prevention, stressing abstinence and faithfulness. A new public latrine with handwashing stations was constructed to improve sanitation. We also educated children and their mothers about healthy hygiene and sanitation practices to decrease the prevalence of water-related illnesses. Many children and their families gained access to clean water from five new water points built with our help. 66 preschool and primary school teachers were trained in improved teaching methods to strengthen the quality of education. 60 primary and high school students trained by World Vision began working with other children to improve their self-confidence, communication skills, and other skills that are essential to success in education and in life. Four schools received desks, tables, and shelves to make the school environment more comfortable and more conducive to learning. Community members became more involved in children's education through Parent Teacher Associations and school management committees. We partnered with the local education office to support these groups with the training and guidance they need to be effective. 129 people, including teachers, religious leaders, and elders, were trained in child rights and protection in an effort to raise awareness of issues such as child labor and the importance of educating girls. We helped organize 30 child development committees that are working to increase children's participation in important community processes that impact their lives.

Cross-cutting issues



  • Ethiopia>Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples


  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Health

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