Omonada 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 increase economic opportunities, we helped families start small businesses such as making pottery and fattening cattle. We also trained 12 young people in entrepreneurship and business skills. 254 farmers learned how to grow more food by irrigating their crops. To help them get started, we equipped them with irrigation pumps and improved seed varieties. 160 families were able to provide more nutritious food for their children and earn additional income after receiving poultry and beehives. We partnered with community members to build a veterinary clinic for livestock, which are the primary source of food and income for many families. The new clinic will help families keep their herds healthy and productive. 70 mothers were trained in nutrition to help their children grow and thrive. Together with local health agencies, we distributed 7,000 copies of educational materials about maternal and child health. An HIV and AIDS resource center was established to provide young people with information about HIV prevention, including how to prevent transmission of HIV from mother to child. 10 community care coalitions and faith-based organizations were trained to provide care and support for vulnerable children and people living with HIV or AIDS. 5,700 people gained access to clean water from 19 wells drilled by World Vision. 320 children who were struggling with their studies participated in a tutoring program organized by World Vision. Around 2,400 children attended reading camps on the weekends. The camps offer reading materials and fun learning activities designed to boost literacy. To ease overcrowding and improve the learning environment, we built four new classrooms and furnished five. Previously, children were crowded into dilapidated buildings and often had to sit on the floor because there weren't enough desks. 51 people were trained in child protection issues such as the impact of trafficking, forced labor, and harmful traditional practices on children. We helped establish civics and ethics clubs at four schools to promote peace and stability in the community.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Protection|Advocacy|HIV&AIDS|


  • Ethiopia>Oromia


  • Agriculture
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Health
  • Protection
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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