We are pleased bring to you "Real Lives", a series of human interest stories focusing on how UNICEF's interventions impact upon children and women in Ethiopia. From helping unemployed youth gain meaningful employment by solving Gambella's rural sanitation woes to the story of a small town which has eliminated new-born and maternal deaths for 18 months, we have a selection of stories in health, nutrition, child protection, education, and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH).
Recent Human Interest Stories
Improving learning achievements – Model school’s reading corners Tsehay Belisa has been teaching at the 1st Model Primary School starting since 2002. She has been a principal at this school for the last 3 years. In 2009 when she was appointed as the principal, she realized that she would have to adopt new approaches in order to improve the quality of education in the school.
WASHing away girls’ challenges As the twelve year old Neema Muktar walks to school, carrying five litres of water, she is dreaming of becoming an engineer when she grows up. For now, she is attending 7th grade in Tutis primary school.
Solar lamps lighting on girls’ education At the crack of dawn, the beautiful sound of children echoing after their teachers is heard as a melody from afar. Inside Kursa Primary School, everyone is tied up in the powerful world of teaching and learning.
“I give them on the job training,” says Ali. “I’ve shown them how to weigh each child, how to take the MUAC [the middle-upper arm circumference used to diagnose severe wasting], how to correctly fill in the patient cards, and when and how to give routine medicine. Every day I come, I assess what’s missing and how to fill the gap until my next visit.” MORE>>>
The Afar region in Ethiopia is synonymous with early marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM), and school drop-outs. But girls in a UNICEF constructed girls only boarding school say no more. This is a story of how the Semera Girls Boarding School is giving young girls a normal childhood. MORE>>>
What do you do when you have a group of unemployed young boys and a chronic rural sanitation problem? Learn how an innovative UNICEF supported project is empowering youngsters in Gambella to solve both problems in one go. MORE>>>
How do you try ensuring social protection in a region prone to food shortage and frequent floods? This is a story of how a UNICEF-supported social cash transfer scheme aims to economically-empower vulnerable single mothers. MORE>>>
Senait Berhane is a 7th grade student herself, but uses her free time to reach five 4 and 5 year olds letters and numbers through fun and games. Her story is part of a unique Child-to-Child scheme introduced by UNICEF in the Tigray region. MORE>>>
South Mesenkela in Ethoipia would be no more than just another rural town stuck at the heart of the lush Dale district of South Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region (SNNPR). But after 278 pregnancies in 2012/13 and no maternal or new born deaths in the last 30 months, this little village of just 5671 inhabitants is leading the way in not just reducing child mortality, but completely eliminating it. MORE>>>