Wonchi 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.


We worked with our local microfinance affiliate to set up savings accounts for children and train microfinance clients in income-generating activities. 13 previously unemployed young people started earning a living by raising poultry. We built a poultry house to help them get started. We also provided additional training for a masonry group to equip them with advanced skills. We built a bridge over a dangerous river, making it possible for farmers to transport their goods to market in neighboring communities and increase their income. To improve food security for children, 856 families learned how to grow and store root crops such as potatoes and were equipped with essential farming supplies to help them get started. 5,264 people participated in community conversations about family planning as part of a campaign to raise awareness and dispel misconceptions around reproductive health issues. Together with the District Health Office, we carried out an immunization campaign and trained 86 people in the importance of immunization. These efforts contributed to the immunization of 2,724 children. Through health education programs, community members learned how to prevent and treat diarrhea, pneumonia, and malaria and how to effectively use insecticidal bed nets. To improve children's nutritional status, we facilitated a 10-day training session for local health workers who facilitate community nutrition programs. They used the information to teach mothers about the nutrition needs of infants and young children. Community care coalitions established by World Vision continued to provide care and emotional support for orphans and vulnerable children. These groups not only raise awareness among others, but set an example by contributing money and crops for the care of vulnerable children. Many children gained access to clean water from five new shallow wells, one borehole well, and a pipeline extension with two water points. As a result of community-led efforts to improve sanitation, 432 families built latrines and started using them. 335 people learned about the importance of healthy hygiene practices such as handwashing and bathing, as well as how to safely transport and store water. We helped form water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) clubs at all primary and secondary schools in the area. The WASH clubs educated children on handwashing and other ways they can protect their health at school and at home. Volunteers trained by World Vision established 30 new reading camps to strengthen children's reading skills and comprehension. In addition, we equipped 71 reading camps with children's books and charts in the local language. 292 primary school teachers were trained in teaching methods and strategies for boosting literacy. 250 children gained access to early education at two new community preschools. Community groups led the preschool construction projects, mobilizing community members to contribute cash, labor, and local materials. In partnership with the local Department of Agriculture, we helped communities develop disaster plans and strengthened early warning systems to reduce the impact of disasters such as droughts. 15 communities formed child protection committees to address traditional practices that harm children, such as forced early marriage, and to promote gender equity in the distribution of household chores. We also established child protection clubs at 15 schools.

Cross-cutting issues



  • Ethiopia>Oromia


  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Health
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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