Mersa (Habru) 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 help families grow more food, we trained 481 families in improved farming methods and 115 families in irrigation techniques. 1,490 families planted fruit trees and 348 families planted seedlings of moringa, a drought-tolerant tree with highly nutritious leaves. 578 people received chickens for nutritious food and a source of income. They agreed to pass on some of the chickens' offspring through a revolving livestock program, which will in turn distribute chickens to other families in need. 100 women are better able to provide for their children after learning how to raise sheep. 276 mothers learned about the importance of seeking prenatal care and giving birth with a skilled attendant. We organized community forums to raise awareness of the health benefits of immunization. 1,833 people learned how to prevent malnutrition in infants and young children and 1,415 people learned when and how to introduce nutritious solid foods to babies. 1,716 malnourished children were treated through a community nutrition program supported by World Vision. 30 students, teachers, and community members were trained to promote healthy hygiene and sanitation practices. Approximately 1,900 students benefited from a cleaner, healthier environment thanks to new latrines installed at their school. 82 teachers participated in professional development courses to strengthen the quality of education. In addition, we equipped 10 schools with teaching materials. We promoted inclusive education for children with special needs by offering special education training for teachers and equipping them with teaching materials for special needs students. As a result, the number of schools with special education programs increased from one to three, and the number of special needs students enrolled in school increased from 20 to 50. 44 members of school management committees received training to help them manage their schools and decrease dropout rates. Through training sessions on disaster planning, 138 families learned how to prepare for and reduce the impact of natural disasters such as droughts. 425 community members and government staff trained by World Vision organized community care coalitions to assist vulnerable children with food, clothing, and school supplies.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Environment|Disability|Advocacy|


  • Ethiopia>Amhara


  • Agriculture
  • Disaster Prevention and Preparedness
  • Education
  • Health
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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