Flood Initiatives in Ethiopia

This project will help: 877 vulnerable families and five Compassion centres in Ethiopia.

Estimated completion date: October 2018

Shikari Mangale, a little boy living in an African village, remembers the recent flood that threatened to take his life—and the lives of his siblings. “Water started seeping into the house,” he says. “We all cuddled up in a corner keeping warm.” After 24 hours of torrential rainfall, their house started deteriorating. “Chips of mud started falling off the walls and the grass-thatched roof gave in. … I swiftly ushered my siblings out of the house with my youngest sister in my arms.”

Dangerous floods, like the one Shikari describes, have struck Ethiopia relentlessly over the last 10 years. In July 2016 alone, 113 families in the Wonji Shoa area, lost homes and what few belongings they had. The ood also damaged two child development centres. When centres are closed, children like Shikari can’t attend the program and receive the life- changing care they need, like medical checkups, nutritious food, mentoring and the opportunity to learn about Jesus.

In June 2017, the Ethiopian National Disaster Risk Management Commission predicted severe flooding will occur in the Wonji Shoa again very soon. Five church partners situated on the flood plains, and two in particular, have been exposed to flooding year after year. However, Compassion church partners and centre facilitators want to do something about it.

You can ensure child development centres in this area continue offering children hope during and after floods. Protective stone walls will be constructed around the most affected centres to prevent them from being flooded. In addition, a team of experts will begin flood hazard assessments to find long-term solutions for the affected communities and other Compassion centres. Your generosity will help keep families safe during floods. By helping protect child development centres, you will also ensure children continue receiving the resources they need to overcome poverty.


You can help keep 877 Ethiopian families safe during severe floods, which are predicted to strike the Wonji Shoa area again very soon. You’ll also help protect five child development centres, so children can continue receiving life-changing care. This will be accomplished by building protective stone walls around two of the most vulnerable centres. A team of experts will also strategize long-term solutions for the area.


Child development centres impacted:

ET0108, ET0272, ET0412, ET0521 and ET0376


The problem:

In the last 10 years, the Wonji Shoa plains have been devastated by floods. Climate change has triggered torrential rainfall, leading to flooding each year. Lives have been lost and homes have been destroyed. In July 2016, two child development centres experienced severe flooding. When children living in poverty cannot attend their centres, they do not receive the care they desperately need.


What is provided through this gift:

  • Materials and expertise for protective stone walls around the ET0272 and ET0108 child development centres
  • A hazard assessment by experts to
    • Discover flood zones, explore flood trends, determine risks and evaluate the capacity of the community
  • Training for all 877 families in the area on safety precautions
  • Resources for experts to create long-term solutions


  • Local contribution:$5,385.79
  • Monitoring: Compassion Ethiopia staff will work with local government of cials, a team of highly specialized experts and community members to regularly evaluate the stone walls and other interventions.
  • Follow-up: After the hazard assessment, the church partners, in concert with Compassion Ethiopia, will determine the next steps for disaster preparedness. The long-term maintenance of the flood walls will be the responsibility of the churches.

No less than 80 per cent of your donation will be used for program activities and a maximum of 20 per cent for fundraising and administration. If we exceed our funding goal for the initiative shown, the remaining funds will be used to fund other programs where the need is greatest.