Relief and recovery in a disaster prone country


ZOA Ethiopia works with internally displaced people, host populations, returnees, and a large population of refugees who fled a lethal combination of violence and drought in Somalia and the more recently the conflict in South Sudan. 



Ethiopia is located in the landlocked region of the Horn of Africa, and borders Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, Kenya and Eritrea. Ethiopia, while a land of great natural beauty and resources, is one of the poorest countries in the world.

Harassed by drought and flooding, hampered by internal and cross-border conflict, and host to large numbers of refugees fleeing across its borders, Ethiopia, ranked 174th out of 187 countries on UNDP 2012 Human Development Index, has long been a gracious host to hundreds of thousands of refugees who flock across its borders from Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia and South Sudan. 



ZOA Ethiopia is working in the sectors of livelihood development, food security, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), education, and environmental protection. Aim is to contribute to enhance community cohesion as precondition for people to rebuild their lives and strengthen their livelihoods. Ultimate goal is that people are better prepared for the impact of conflict and natural disasters.   

ZOA Ethiopia is implementing programmes in the Somali National Regional State of Ethiopia and the Gambella National Regional State of Ethiopia. In the Somali region, ZOA operates in Jijiga, Dollo Ado and Hudet. In Gambella in Bonga, Itang kir/Therphan, Wanthowa and Akobo. 


Emergency Response

Dollo Ado has hosted Somali refugees in refugee camps since 2009. Escalation of humanitarian crisis in Somalia in 2011, fuelled an influx of refugees. Refugee camps were overflowing and more camps were established. Refugees arrived in poor health, with many families leaving children, disabled, weak and eldery familiy members behind, or losing them en route.

ZOA Ethiopia is assisting the displaced persons in the Dollo Ado programme area and their host community members in the development of livelihoods relevant to camps, host sites, and country of return, and that their social well being is addressed. ZOA Ethiopia developed innovative livelihood options, such as support to entrepreneurial youth and women, and the use of energy efficient cooking systems. 

ZOA Ethiopia started emergency relief in neighbouring district Hudet in 2012. Thousands of displaced Ethiopians have been welcomed there by the local communities. ZOA is involved in shelter and distribution of non-food items, cash and donkeys.



In late December 2013, thousands of South Sudanese refugees fled into Gambella and ZOA Ethiopia became involved in emergency life-saving support activities in the Akobo woreda. 


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