Eradication of Poverty Day
Posted by Natacha Soto on Monday 17th October 2016
Today (17th October) marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
According to UN statistics nearly half the world’s population, 2.8 billion people, survive on less than $2 a day. 80% of the Ethiopian population falls within this figure. Furthermore, just under 1 billion people on the planet go to bed hungry every night, a direct result of poverty. The largest segment of the world's poor are the women, children and men who live in rural environments.
Our vision is an Ethiopia free from poverty and that’s why in Ethiopiaid we are working to contribute in the achievement of the Global Goals that look to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years: End extreme poverty, Fight inequality & injustice, and Fix climate change; with our main focus on those of particular interest for our work in Ethiopia.
One of the targets of Global Goal 1 (End Poverty) is to ensure that by 2030, all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services.
What are we doing to achieve this?
Ethiopiaid and our Ethiopian partners are tackling the issues of hunger and lack of access to education and health:
Hunger and Education: Since 2002, Ethiopiaid has worked with HOPE Enterprises to feed and school thousands of street children who are rounded up from doorways, bus stations and derelict hovels. Hope has established a scheme that provides the most disadvantaged children in Ethiopia with quality education and training. You can learn more about it here.
Access to Health: The Hamlin Fistula Hospital, Facing Africa and Cheshire Services focus on providing access to different medical treatments for those less fortunate. The Hamlin Fistula Hospital focus on maternal healthcare and the safety of childbirth in order to avoid obstetric fistulas. Facing Africa prevents and treats people living with Noma (an acute and ravaging gangrenous infection that predominantly attacks children whose immune systems have been weakened by malnutrition) and other facial disfigurements. Cheshire Services works with people affected by disabilities such as club foot, cerebral palsy and cognitive impairments. Cheshire looks to enhance the social functioning of persons living with disabilities in Ethiopia.
To learn more about any of these projects click here.
All of this is possible thanks to the amazing support of our donors and the tireless work of our partners.