Most people in Ethiopia highly rely on income from agriculture and livestock. Droughts or floods caused by climate change make them vulnerable to food crises. Since late 2020, failed rain seasons adversely affected farm yield. Lack of pasture led to the death of livestock. The recent cost of living crisis affected the livelihood of daily-wage labours and their families in cities. In response to the needs of vulnerable families living in slum areas in Addis Ababa, we partner with local churches to provide food, clothing, sanitary supplies, after-school tuition as well as psychological support for children. We also provide vocational skills training and small grants for parents to start their own small businesses.
Moreover, we mobilised churches and communities in the Southwest to serve the poor. The ministry includes forming mutual aid groups, providing training on backyard gardening and sustainable farming, etc.