Rich in natural beauty, ancient history and cultural diversity, Ethiopia is also one of the world's poorest countries. Landlocked in the Horn of Africa, the country is home to a dense population of more than 90 million people. Most Ethiopians are farmers or herders struggling to feed their families because of recurring droughts. Catholic Relief Services helps the most vulnerable members of society to escape poverty by increasing their food supplies and improving their ability to withstand disasters. By working closely with local partners, including the Ethiopian Catholic Church, CRS leverages a powerful network across the country that supports service delivery in both urban and rural areas. In fiscal year 2012, the country program implemented 40 projects with a budget of $104.41 million.
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|Population:||91,195,675 (July 2012 est.)|
|Size:||426,373 sq mi; slightly less than twice the size of Texas|
|People Served:||1,668,541 (2012 est.)|
Catholic Relief Services has been working in Ethiopia since 1958. One of CRS' largest country programs, with 212 employees, CRS Ethiopia implements programs in 9 of Ethiopia's 10 regions, directly benefiting more than 984,270 Ethiopians, without regard to religion or ethnicity.
CRS began work in Ethiopia as a response to chronic emergencies caused by cyclic drought and land degradation. Since the opening of the country program, the work has evolved from emergency food relief to long-term development work in the areas of water and sanitation, microfinance, agriculture, health and nutrition, and HIV and AIDS.
PartnersEthiopian Catholic Church Social and Development Coordinating Offices
United States Agency for International Development-Food for Peace (USAID-FFP)
Missionaries of Charity