By Kiram Tadesse
World Vision Ethiopia has implemented the biggest ever programs during the year 2017 despite emergency situations across the country. The programs were implemented with a cost of US$109 million. The agency expects to continue emergency responses for this year.
According to the National Director Edward Brown, the year 2017 was challenging. However the organization was able to get a lot of funding that marked the year to be the biggest year ever in the amount of investment. “Donors were very generous all over the world. We were able to get as much as resources as possible to help as many people as possible but obviously security situation, drought situation and other emergencies popping up across the country made it challenging to try to respond to the needs of the people across Ethiopia.”
The Director told Afro FM that the investment benefited nearly 5.7 million people across the country through integrated program interventions.
Brown said the organization managed to respond to the 2017 drought in Ethiopia mobilizing over US$16 million. The drought emergency response benefited over 1.25 million people in Oromia, Somali, Amhara, Tigray and South Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ regions.
In Ethiopia the agency aims to contribute to the wellbeing of 20 million vulnerable children by 2020.