Located in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia is bordered by Sudan and South Sudan to the west, Djibouti and Eritrea to the north, Somalia to the east and Kenya to the south.
With a population of more than 102 million, Ethiopia is the most populous landlocked country in the world and the second-most populous nation on the African continent. It is also very diverse with more than 80 different ethnic groups.
Many may not realise that the coffee bean actually originated from Ethiopia, and coffee continues to play a very important role in everyday life today with the famous traditional coffee ceremonies.
Mothers' Union began here in May 2004 with just 100 women and has flourished since then, growing to over 3,000 women in 2018. The majority of members are originally from South Sudan and arrived in Ethiopia as refugees feeling the conflict in South Sudan and settling in camps in the Gambella region, in the south west of the country.
Their activities are very wide-ranging, aiming to support the holistic development of individuals, families and communities. Their projects include:
The programme is one of the most cost-effective literacy programmes in the world. We train community volunteers as literacy facilitators, who are then equipped to run literacy circles in their own community