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Ethiopian Children

30th September 2004

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Ethiopian ChildrenTwenty years after the big famine, Ethiopia is still struggling to lift itself out of poverty and its children are a key part of the effort.

Despite massive international aid since 1984, the threat of famine still stalks Ethiopia. It's staggering to learn that children make up half the population of one of the poorest countries in the world.

Max Robinson set up a fund after his young son, Nicholas, died, and transferred the money to Save the Children to support projects in Ethiopia. This film follow Max's journey to see how the work is progressing.

The key to helping poor families in a country like Ethiopia is to implement projects that can sustain livelihoods. Training families in animal husbandry and devising effective methods of beekeeping mean families have food for themselves and goods that'll earn them an income.

Ethiopian ChildrenEthiopia is also being decimated by HIV/AIDS, with average life expectancy dropping from 50 to 38 years. Programmes that develop awareness about the virus are aimed at preventing the further spread of the disease.

Save the Children works to improve families' access to food. Its projects improve health and education services and provide support to disabled children and their parents. It works in Amhara, East Hararghe and Somali regions of Ethiopia.

Organisations

Afrikids
Is a children's rights charity which works to relieve the need, sickness and distress caused by deepening poverty and limited access to water, sanitation, electricity and basic health care through education.
Save the Children UK
Works to help children living in poverty throughout the world.
Oxfam
Oxfam is a development, relief, and campaigning organisation dedicated to finding lasting solutions to poverty and suffering around the world.
Rainbows4children
Rainbows4children works with Save the Children and other charities to bring hope to the young people of Ethiopia through the support of work of both international charities and local charities. It was set up by Max Robinson in memory of his son Nicolas who passed away at a young age.

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