Project Details

Projects Summary

Construction of Kindergarten


Child sponsorship programme


Elderly support programme


Social and economic empowerment of women


Construction of Kindergarten

Since its establishment in 2005, FIDA provided pre-school teaching at a temporary school premises on a site adjacent to the Kolfe-Keraniyo sub city, Kebele 10/11 administrative headquarters.

Previous School 2005Previous School 2005

In November 2011, FIDA inaugurated the Abbay Kindergarten, a purpose built school comprising four classrooms, boys and girls toilets, a staff room and administration/stores quarters.

FIDA KG school Kolife Kraniyo Addis AbabaFIDA KG school Kolife Kraniyo Addis Ababa

Also, in 2011 FIDA built a kindergarten at  town through a combination of donor contributions and local fund-raising.

Menegasha School 2011Menegasha School 2011

The school is built of corrugated iron sheeting and has been built using labour that was provided by the local community on an unpaid basis. The school was opened in September 2011 and is governed by a parents-management board supported by the local community with a school staff comprising 1 director, 4 teachers, 1 nanny, 2 security guards and 1 cleaner.

Menegasha School 2011Menegasha School 2011

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Child sponsorship programme

Under its child sponsorship programme, FIDA currently directly or indirectly supports 600 children, of which

  • 231 children attend the Abbay Kindergarten in Kolfe-Keraniyo,
  • 62 attend the Menegasha-Kollobboo Kindergarten and
  • 307 children previously supported by FIDA at pre-school level benefit from continuing FIDA support at primary and secondary school (all figures as at August 2012).


This total compares with a target for 2011/12 determined in September 2011 of 465 children.


The child sponsorship programme is operated with the authorisation and technical support of Addis Ababa City Government Women & Children’s Affairs Bureau, Addis Ababa City Government Finance and Economic Development Bureau and Oromiya Special Zone Wolmera District Education Office.


The eligibility of children for child sponsorship support is based on a needs assessment undertaken by FIDA and the Women and Children’s Affairs Office of the local administration.


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Elderly support programme

FIDA also runs an elderly support programme.

In many areas of Ethiopia older people are often responsible for looking after children whos parents have died or moved away from their village to seek employment.


Many of these older people are struggle to provide for themselves and lead impoverished lives without the financial means to maintain adequate food and shelter.


This observation is supported by a 2011 study carried out by HelpAge International and Cordaid, A Study of Older People’s livelihoods in Ethiopia:


‘They [older people] are … subject to the double protection bind of both needing care and protection in their older years and needing to support children, grandchildren, and ageing spouses in their care.

The impact of the HIV pandemic combined with acute economic stress has resulted in changed family structures across Ethiopia. The loss of middle generations has created family structure where almost half of Ethiopia’s orphaned children are cared for by grandparents.’

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Social and economic empowerment of women

FIDA’s work in Kolfe-Keraniyo sub city, Kebele 10/11 and Menegasha town has identified that women are often disadvantaged in village society and that this has contributed to high levels of poverty in the community.

To promote social and economic opportunities for women in the village, FIDA has initiated a project to support the formation of a women’s savings and credit programme.

On the basis of an initial membership of 50 women, and the assumption that each member supports an average of 2.5 family members, it is envisaged that the programme will contribute to the well-being of over 300 direct/indirect beneficiaries.

Furthermore, it is expected that the programme will contribute to the creation of sustainable businesses and employment opportunities in the village in the longer term.