Building on Pact's successful implementation of PEACE II, this project works along Kenya's borders with Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Somalia to strengthen conflict-management systems and build the capacity of regional and national institutions to stem cross-border conflict.
Reaching Educational Attainments of Children in the Hinterlands (REACH)
This project is expanding educational opportunities for marginalized and hard-to-reach Ethiopian children who are not attending school. REACH is targeting approximately 15,000 children in 43 districts and providing hand-washing facilities to boost school retention. The project works closely with experienced local partners, drawing on their established relationships with local stakeholders including Ethiopia's Ministry of Education, woreda and district-level education offices, schools, parent-teacher associations and community institutions. REACH is creating a conducive learning environment, attracting more children to schools and building school enrollment, retention and quality.
Godere Forest Initiative
This project works to reduce conflict related to natural resources. The two-year effort is helping communities in the resource-rich Gambella region to manage and sustain the natural ecosystem and benefit from local natural resources while coexisting peacefully. Pact is building the capacity of 12 forest cooperatives and providing opportunities for different groups to come together to address underlying causes of tension. This means more equitable access to economic resources, improved forest management systems and increased space for dialogue among groups – ultimately leading to increased local capacity to manage natural resource-driven conflict.
Yekokeb Berhan Program for Highly Vulnerable Children
Yekokeb Berhan – “light from the stars” in Amharic – has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in Ethiopia. A comprehensive, integrated program, Yekokeb Berhan helps vulnerable children in areas most affected by HIV and AIDS by supporting their families. More than 20,000 trained volunteers identify and assess the needs of highly vulnerable children and their parents or guardians in accordance with Ethiopian government standards. They then work with local community committees and civil society organizations to develop and implement care plans that emphasize economic strengthening, better parenting skills and linking families to locally available services to build resiliency.