Durame 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.


15 savings groups organized by World Vision helped 375 people provide for their families by empowering them with interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable business loans. 384 people were equipped with skills to earn a living, such as carpentry and masonry, through a vocational training program offered in partnership with the local government. 295 families received vegetable seeds, enabling them to provide nutritious food for their children. Healthcare staff were trained and equipped with materials to strengthen the quality of care available at healthcare centers. 1,500 women learned about maternal and child health issues through an awareness-raising campaign. 100 mothers were trained in healthy feeding practices for infants and young children, as well as gardening techniques to help them grow nutritious food at home. Thousands of people gained access to clean water through a new water system constructed by World Vision. We conducted a study on latrine use in the area, then brought together local government officials and community members to develop a plan to improve hygiene and sanitation. They carried out workshops in three communities to promote improved water, hygiene, and sanitation practices. 500 students benefited from a cleaner, more sanitary environment thanks to improved latrines installed at their school. 125 teachers implemented new methods for teaching reading and writing after attending professional development courses organized by World Vision. In addition, 132 teachers were trained in inclusive education for children with special needs. To help communities in disaster-prone areas become more resilient, we facilitated disaster mitigation training for 1,025 people, including local government staff and members of early warning committees. Intensive child rights campaigns helped community members become more aware of the importance of education for girls and the harmful effects of child abuse and traditional practices such as forced early marriage.

Cross-cutting issues

Gender, Disability, Advocacy


  • Ethiopia>Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples


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

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