A collection of interviews with some of the people involved in our project to improve women and girls’ health and wellbeing by tackling harmful traditional practices in Malga, Ethiopia.
This project set out to achieve a shift in behaviour and attitudes through interconnected community interventions to reduce the prevalence of harmful traditional practices affecting women and girls.
Meet Abera, a 45 year old religious and community leader who had no knowledge about harmful traditional practices like FGM, but now works for their eradication.
Senior officials at Manicho Health Centre are pleased that DDP and BL have intervened to address the prevalence of harmful practices in Malga.
One of many Community Conversations across Malga District, changing public attitudes towards harmful practices.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, when restrictions on travel and gatherings were in place and schools were closed, our partners at Berhan Lehetsanat kept the momentum of the Improving Women and Girls’ Health project going through FM radio broadcasts in the Sidamic language – reaching people in neighbouring areas as well as in Malga woreda. Below […]
(2019) Yeamlak is 8 years old and deaf. Bisrat, her father, travels 20km to school with her by bus every day and stays until school is over. The school operates a shift system to cater for over 4,000 children and is the first school in Adama to have special needs education and teachers, supplemented by […]
DDIA is a deaf-led national NGO that aims to improve the lives of young deaf people through skills and enterprise training and support. DDP has worked with DDIA on three livelihood initiatives since 2014, the most recent of which has been a 3-year project to enable deaf and hard of hearing (HoH) young adults to […]
Berhan Lehetsanat (‘Children of Light’) is an Ethiopian NGO based in Addis Ababa, and a DDP partner since 2003. Their work is primarily with disabled children and focuses on education, health and livelihoods using a community-based development approach. Through the partnership with DDP, BL have enhanced the scope and scale of their work and have […]
Melaku was one of 8 deaf teaching assistants involved in our project on Improving education for deaf and hard of hearing children with DDIA in Ethiopia. When he started working at Adama School, there were no special educational needs (SEN) teachers or resources. Melaku worked with the school director Teshane to refurbish the disused library […]