Akima's Story 


Our home was in the east of the country, near Jijiga.


There’s me, my daughter who is 8 and my son son who is 4. I’m on my own since

my husband left but we were happy and settled in our home with my mother

living near.


Then life changed.


Tensions grew and gangs of youths have been attacking our homes and stealing all we have - some of my friends were killed. I was terrified that my children would be the next to die – so we took what we could carry and have come here to Bishoftu.


It’s hard for us. We have a room, but no blankets so we are cold at night.


I used to travel back home to Jijjiga, to some local goods from the area which I could re-sell in the market here, but there are new regulations and so these get confiscated on the road.


We get some rice and oil from the government but it is not enough. The children are

bored and hungry. My mother has now come to join us – so that’s one more mouth

to feed.

But there are good things too. Sadu my daughter has made a friend from a local

family. They play together every day and share all they have.

With JeCCDO's support we now have a new house, clean water and help with education and medicine.  Life is looking better.  


What we are doing......

Internally displaced persons are refugees within their own country.

This is a growing problem in Ethiopia with almost 2 million people driven from their homes.  Trouble hotspots are the northern region of Tigray and the eastern border with Somalia where the conflicts over the border spill over into Ethiopia.

People like Akima are forced to flee and come to safer places.  Here the government provides land for accommodation and growing food.  We provide basic necessities like food and clean water.  Our aim is to enable and empower new communities.  




Watch a video of the Camp.  There are 6000 people living in this camp.  We will support 150 families in desperate need.


Building simple but solid homes       Installing tanks for clean water           Emergency food distribution

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Alemshet has three children - two of them, Yabsera and Absinet, are at Biruh Tesfa

school.  Alemshet was working as a daily labourer - when she could find work -

and couldn't earn enough to feed the children.  They had dropped out of school. 

They were invited to become part of the new breakfast club.  Not only were the children

given a good meal every day for ten months and all school materials provided - but Alemshet was trained and supported in setting up a small business.  She tells us.  "Currently I have started my own business of selling vegetables by the roadside, I am now able to support my family and I hope to have a shop and grow this small business into something more profitable.”  A small business but a big change in the life of the family.

This is just one of 60 families whose lives have been changed by the Breakfast Club we set up klater year.      

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                             A new breakfast club


                              for Basso School 



Basso Primary School is in the growing town of Debre Birhan.  It has 619 pupils.  Its in a poor area and many children are struggling at school because of lack of food and basic school materials.  Following the success of the Biruh Tesfa club the school principal, Mr Gobaz, has started a breakfast club.  He planned it for 60 children but has admitted 85!  And still, he tells us, this is only about 20% of the children who need support. 


So we have started feeding the children, provided uniforms and school books and have appointed a co-ordinator to visit the families and help them set up businesses. 

This is now the third breakfast club we have set up - and more are on the way.  Its becoming recognised and effective way of helping families out of poverty.  







Breakfast Club at Basso Primary School 1
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Breakfast Club at Basso Primary School 2

We encourage women to form a self-help group.  They meet each week, meet together each week, make regular savings to build up a capital which can be loaned out to members, and discuss and take action on matters which cause concern.  Its a simple idea but its transforming communities as more and more women are empowered to change their lives.

Supporting Women

TESFA HOPE ​campaign


Tesfa means Hope in Amharic, the language of Ethiopia.

Our campaign of action, fundraising and events brings hope to communities across the country.

Emergency relief - long term support - building civil society

Akima's story
Building community for internally
displaced persons
Epsudink's story
Education and long term support for vulnerable children 
We have pioneered many innovative approaches
where we work with community groups and others
to build up and strengthen civil society


Working with others for the benefit of all

We are first and foremost a children's charity.  Our purpose is to see all children in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa live a fullfilled and creative life.  Which is why we support children to go to school and their parents and guardians to build a regular and reliable income.  This is the purpose of the Breakfast Clubs.


We believe that each community  however poor and marginalised - has the determination and resources to care for their children.  We work with and trust local leaders in Community Based Organisations to design and manage development strategies for all members.  This is our aim in supporting new communities being formed of Internally displaced Persons. 

We are also committed to work with others to build a strong civil society for the benefit of all.  We support government initiatives; work with other development agencies; and provide training and investment for local people.


This has led us to set up new and innovative programmes. 

These include

Support for girls at school, addressing problems of early marriage and gender based violence;

Training programmes in conflict resolution in areas with high levels of violence

Providing election observers from local communities.

A social safety net pilot scheme for the most vulnerable.


Read the newsletter from JeCCDO, our partners, to find out more about the work we do together..