Educational support for girls in Ethiopia

by Enhance Worldwide
Educational support for girls in Ethiopia
Educational support for girls in Ethiopia
Educational support for girls in Ethiopia
Educational support for girls in Ethiopia
Educational support for girls in Ethiopia
Educational support for girls in Ethiopia

Project Report | May 8, 2017
Enhance Worldwide 2016 Annual Report

By Ashley Lackovich-Van Gorp | Founding Executive Director


What a year it has been in Ethiopia.

In 2016, Ethiopia continued to suffer from the drought that occurred in parts of the country in 2015. This drought did not directly impact the girls, women, families and communities we serve in the lush and mountainous Addis Ababa, but it did impact them indirectly. The drought caused a spike in food costs, an increase that our families could not afford without support. Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to meet this need.

Next, peaceful protests that began at the end of 2015 spread throughout the country in 2016. These demonstrations turned deadly when members of Ethiopia's security forces turned violent. Hundreds died; thousands were arrested. The government launched an official state of emergency, which included shutting off internet. For months, we struggled to communicate with our team on the ground. They still do not have access to social media and have difficulty securing internet strong enough to upload large documents and photos. It hasn't been – and still isn't – easy.

Despite these challenges, our programs continue to grow and our participants continue to thrive. In 2016 we even celebrated our first college graduate and joined in a new partnership with the Kapadia Education Foundation to support more young women in attaining a higher education. These challenges only strengthen our commitment. When the girls we support go on to lead their families and communities, we can count on a more just, secure and equitable Ethiopia.

Until then, we’ll be there.


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Enhance Worldwide

Location: Yellow Springs, OH - USA
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Twitter: @EnhanceWW
Project Leader:
Ashley Lackovich-Van Gorp
Yellow Springs , OH United States

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