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Emmanuel Development Association (EDA) is an indigenous development NGO established in 1996 by its founder and Executive Director Tessema Bekele. EDA envisions a bright future and protection for Ethiopian children. This vision was instilled during Mr. Bekele’s childhood by his single mother, who encouraged him to focus on his education and become someone who would give care and support to orphans and vulnerable children. EDA operates in several locations in Amhara, Addis Ababa, Afar and Oromiya. Its child education and protection program is specifically geared towards raising awareness about children's rights and the prevention of sexual and labor exploitation. Here are EDA’s objectives over its current strategic period (2015-2019):
Objective 1. Improve child education and protection for 145,270 vulnerable children
Objective 2. Increase access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) and community health services for 45,000 children and 100,000 community members
Objective 3. Enhance livelihoods of 41,000 households through improved environmental development
Objective 4. Strengthen capacity of 90 community-based organizations (CBOs)
To improve the lives of vulnerable children, youth and women through integrated and community based development programs
A bright future and protection for Ethiopian children