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New Supplies of Fresh Water Quench Thirst—and Improve Education for Ethiopian Schoolchildren

In Ethiopia, roughly half of the population lives with no access to clean water. This shortage, combined with poor sanitation and hygiene practices, creates major challenges just to maintain existing levels of public health—let alone improve them. In hard-pressed rural areas, these challenges also erode the quality of primary and secondary education. Children frequently miss …

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A South Sudanese Refugee Empowers Women in Ethiopia

Nyabong Puok is a 35-year-old South Sudanese mother of six living in Jewi Refugee Camp, in Ethiopia’s Gambella region. She is one of thousands of South Sudanese who fled their homes seeking a safe place where they and their families could settle and start a new life. Gambella is home to more than 410,000 refugees …

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Teenage Girls in Ethiopia Share Their Dreams for International Women’s Day

In six refugee camps in Gambella, Ethiopia, International Medical Corps provides services to prevent and help victims recover from gender-based violence (GBV). Within each of the camps, vulnerable women and girls visit women-friendly centers every day to receive much-needed services, including psychosocial support. Adolescent girls even have a separate section where they can meet and …

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#EndGBV Campaign in Gambella, Ethiopia

As part of the worldwide “16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence,” which kicked off on November 25 with a commemoration of the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls and ran until December 10 (World Human Rights Day), more than 4,000 people across six refugee camps in Ethiopia’s Gambella region …

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Eric’s Story

Editor’s note: Eric is the International Medical Corps Gender Based Violence (GBV) Program Manager in Dollo Ado refugee camp, Ethiopia. As a child growing up in Sierra Leone, I watched many women and girls be battered every day by their male counterparts, including husbands, uncles, fathers and brothers. My mother also lived in a very …

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Clean Water: Restoring Dignity, Health and Education

Ethiopia, Africa’s oldest independent nation and, to many, a symbol of liberty, is today afflicted by a lack of clean, accessible water. Though this is not the only battle that the people of Ethiopia are facing, given the already immense levels of poverty and instability in the region, it makes life much harder than it …

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Celebrating World Mental Health Day Worldwide

It is estimated that one in five people are affected by depression and anxiety in humanitarian emergencies and ongoing conflict. Yet, mental health services are often non-existent or not accessible. In fact, four out of five people with mental disorders do not receive care in low and middle income countries. As one of the few …

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Coming Together to Build a Well: Clean Water for an Entire Community

Economic growth and development have lately blessed Ethiopia; a landlocked country with proud, independent history and epic landscapes. However, the country still faces humanitarian challenges and at International Medical Corps, we are doing what we can to help.

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Four Humanitarians Who Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity

August 19th is World Humanitarian Day, which recognizes aid workers who deliver lifesaving relief, often at great risk to themselves. From Mosul to Mogadishu, International Medical Corps’ First Responders brave war, natural disaster, and disease to bring medical care and other services to people in need. Meet four courageous First Responders who are saving lives …

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