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Cassandra Cravens

country director

Owen Phillips

senior program officer

More than 500,000 highly vulnerable children throughout Ethiopia are going to school, growing healthier and getting the psychological care they may need, thanks to the sweeping work of Pact and its partners.

And that’s a result of only a single USAID-funded project called Yekokeb Berhan, just one of a series of Pact-led development activities throughout the sprawling, 76.5 million-population country. Yekokeb Berhan involves federal and local governments, international NGOs such as UNICEF, FHI360 and Child Fund, and nearly 50 community nonprofits.

While children in households at risk of HIV/AIDS and other health and social challenges are the focus of Yekokeb Berhan, Pact also applies its expertise in governance, livelihoods, health and capacity development to help other poor and marginalized populations in Ethiopia build their own solutions.

Nearly 50,000 women in remote areas of Ethiopia are addressing sexual and reproductive health through community conversations, learning to read and write, and improving their incomes through Pact’s award-winning WORTH savings-and-lending groups.

Pact’s alternative basic education centers serve both children and adults in rural areas who have little access to formal schooling. Spread out in 43 localities, the ABECs, as they're known, are led by hundreds of Pact-trained community volunteers who help nearly 33,000 kids and 17,000 adults with literacy and math skills.

Pact is also helping more than 500 primary schools establish and operate Scout groups to educate children about civic responsibility and HIV/AIDS prevention. Children involved in Scouting, student councils and other self-governed groups learn good civic behavior and how to protect themselves and others against HIV infection.




Stories and Highlights

In Ethiopia, forest communities' voices heard loud and clear

September 15, 2017
In 2010, during the USAID-funded Cultural Dialogue Initiative project, Pact’s Ethiopia team supported eight kebeles, or villages, to establish participatory forestry management frameworks, including...

‘I have seen the light’: With Pact’s help, a Ugandan fighter puts down his weapons

November 8, 2016
Now a member of the Kaabong Peace Ambassadors, a Pact support group for reformed warriors, Peter Acia is remaking a life of peace and productivity.

Rebuilding a life in Ethiopia – one piece of furniture at a time

September 27, 2016
Restarting his business with Pact's support empowered Nigussie Demozie to care for his children the way he'd always wanted.

From barely surviving to thriving: A story of two Ethiopian families

September 21, 2016
Kelemie Getnet and Zewudnesh Nuri are both mothers of three school-aged children. Though they are separated by hundreds of miles, each faced the same challenge: how to give their kids a proper...

Yekokeb Berhan: Permagardening for nutrition

October 29, 2015
HIV and AIDS have left millions of children in Ethiopia orphaned or vulnerable. High-yield gardening is one way Pact is ensuring these these children and their caregivers have the proper nutrition...
Ngisti, an Ethiopian miner

With new skills, a young mother in Ethiopia hopes for a brighter future

April 28, 2015
Nigisti Niguse dreams of a day when she’ll be able to earn a living closer to home and her daughter, rather than at a mountain-top gold mine. With Pact’s help, her options for supporting her family...
Hiking to Ethiopia gold mine

Difficult places

November 6, 2014
Pact works in some of the most difficult places in the world. I’ve heard that statement many times since joining Pact six months ago. This week, I experienced it firsthand. Amidst the Senine...

Yekokeb Berhan program for highly vulnerable children

October 29, 2014
The Yekokeb Berhan program works to ensure children who are highly vulnerable due to HIV and AIDS, and their families, can access quality services and are empowered to lead healthy, productive lives.

Improving the well-being of highly vulnerable children in Ethiopia

April 2, 2014
Ethiopia is one of the countries severely affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa. The HIV/AIDS epidemic is more widespread in cities and towns than in rural areas. Sources estimate the number of orphans...

Spontaneous joy in Adigrat

March 14, 2013
In December, I had the privilege of visiting Pact’s Ethiopia office where I met several of our women’s savings and lending groups. One visit to Adigrat, close to the Eritrean border, has stayed in...