A project that will help transform the lives of thousands of people in Ethiopia has been made possible a grant of nearly £1 million from Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA).
The three year project, run by global children’s charity Plan International UK, was launched last month in the country’s Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region.
The aim of the project is to help 88,000 people in 12 communities gain sustainable, long term access to safe water and sanitation, as well as providing enhanced school facilities for more than 30,000 school children at 20 primary schools.
Tanya Barron, Chief Executive at Plan International UK, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Jersey Overseas Aid for making this project possible. We’ve partnered with Jersey for more than twenty years and are proud to be working with them on this project.
“We know that without access to adequate water and sanitation at school and at home, it is very difficult for children to effectively enjoy their education and achieve their potential.
“Girls can be particularly affected. For example, walking long distances for water and lack of materials when they start menstruating can lead to many pupils dropping out of school. By improving access to water, it will break down the barriers young people face when it comes to learning.”
As part of the project, each school will be provided with a supply of menstrual hygiene materials, 40 water, sanitation and hygiene committees will be trained up and latrines with hand washing facilities will be built in each school.
A spokesperson at Jersey Overseas Aid, said: “We are proud to partner with Plan International UK, supporting this incredibly important cause and delivering a vital programme which will impact thousands of lives.
“This project is also important for us as it marks a transition for JOA towards supporting larger, longer-term, higher-impact development projects.”
To find out more about Plan International UK’s work, visit: www.plan-uk.org