FH Canada walks with a community for 10 years on their unique journey from stuck to thriving. Today, FH Canada walks with nine communities in the Sasiga Mid-Highlands. They are about halfway through their 10 year journey towards graduation and self-sustainability.
Despite challenges surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the communities of the Sasiga Mid-Highlands are still on track to graduate from partnership in 2025, as originally planned.
The Sasiga Mid-Highlands is a hilly expanse covered in brush, interspersed with grassy knolls, and criss-crossed by trails and dirt roads. There are many rivers flowing in the area, which are suitable for irrigation. The Mid-Highlands is known for its high agricultural potential; the whole district is open and moist and warm, making it suitable for livestock and the production of crops for food and for sale, such as coffee and a variety of fruits. The people are warm and enjoy hosting visitors at their daily, unique coffee-brewing rituals.
In 2015, FH began a partnership with a new cluster of communities in the Sasiga Mid-Highlands. The nine communities of the Sasiga Mid-Highlands are over halfway through their journey out of extreme poverty and there are still significant needs to be addressed. Critical development challenges remain in the areas of health and nutrition, and generating household incomes.
Food for the Hungry walks alongside communities and leaders in the Sasiga Mid-Highlands to help them overcome their challenges and establish sustainable thriving. Together, they annually create four primary goals to address their biggest obstacles. This year, their goals are:
Education: Help children reach their full potential through targeted early child interventions that bring holistic development, cognitive gains, and academic success
Health: Reduce child and maternal morbidity and prevent malnutrition
Livelihoods: Improve food security and livelihood status of children and families
Leadership Development: Reduce impacts of disasters, shocks, and stresses on the communities
WHERE RESOURCES GO
FH believes that communities know best where to focus their development efforts. Together with FH Ethiopia staff, local leaders conduct an annual audit to determine where time, energy, and resources will be allocated. As a result, this pie chart shifts every year to respond to the community’s greatest needs!
*Pie chart represents the breakdown of Child Focused Community Transformation (CFCT) programming for Fiscal Year 2023 and excludes standalone projects