Ethiopia

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Projects in Ethiopia

Agriculture

The NuSA project or Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture, was launched in 2016. Our program is focused on sustainable, bio-intensive gardening, increased poultry production, heightened beekeeping management practices, improved agroforestry production, post-harvest management and nutrition education. The project has two major objectives. The first, to improve food production and the second, to improve nutrition for households. Through implementing Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture project (NuSA), Volunteers, in collaboration with local farmers, development agents, and other stakeholders, have worked to strengthen individual and organizational technical capacities, and have primarily worked in agriculture offices, farmer training centers and schools to sustainably increase availability and utilization of nutrient dense foods, diversify diets, and increase nutritional knowledge.

Global food insecurity is affecting millions of people across the globe daily. Here in Ethiopia, our Volunteers work on sustainable agriculture projects to improve the livelihoods of farming families across the rural landscape. Our goal is to reach and train 8,820 individuals by 2027 on improved agricultural practices and nutritional awareness within the framework of Global Food Security standards.


Education

The education project provides primary school students and teachers with access to personal, academic, and professional development opportunities through improved English education. TEFL Volunteers in Ethiopia have the opportunity to participate in the Peace Corps TEFL Certificate program, an externally validated credential based on 120 hours of training and two years of supervised teaching experience.

Volunteers are assigned to work at a primary school and are responsible for a maximum of three English classes daily. Volunteers teach English and engage in teacher support programs that help local teachers develop professionally by focusing on English proficiency and instructional skills. All Volunteers plan and lead extracurricular activities such as student and teacher English clubs, computer trainings to support English language learning, library development and reading programs, and gender empowerment clubs.


Health

The Health Program aims to reduce preventable maternal and child deaths and improve the health and well-being of youth in the community. With local health professionals, Health Volunteers work directly with pregnant and lactating mothers, caregivers of children under five and fathers to promote maternal, newborn and child health. Throughout their service, Health Volunteers implement different modalities to address the community needs including home to home visit and group education sessions. Volunteers also conduct barriers analysis to identify obstacles to practicing healthy behaviors and implement action plans to assist each family in adopting and maintaining healthy behaviors.

In addition to community health interventions, Health Volunteers work with local primary and secondary schools to implement health interventions, focusing on life skill, sexual and reproductive health (SRH), gender empowerment and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). These school health interventions are implemented through working with clubs and camps.