Over One Million Ethiopians Received Humanitarian Aid from IOM in 2019

Community Stabilization, Internal Displacement, Internally Displaced Persons, Migrant Assistance

Addis Ababa – Shitaye Assefa knows what it means to live without a reliable supply of water.   

“Our daughters faced many hardships and attacks on the way to the water pond, which was often dirty and not healthy enough to drink but we had no other option,” the 65-year-old resident of Ethiopia’s Oromia Regional State said.   

She had to walk long distances in search of water before the International Organization for Migration (IOM) rehabilitated wells in her home district. Today, she is one of approximately one million Ethiopians who received some form of humanitarian assistance from IOM last year.   

“Now we can access clean water nearby and our children can go to school without worrying about getting water to the family,” said Shitaye. 

More than 620,000 people received water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services. These included newly constructed latrines, hygiene kits, and safe access to water through the construction and rehabilitation of water wells, springs and water schemes.    

In addition to WASH services, IOM provided shelter construction and other emergency items to vulnerable populations, primarily in Somali and Oromia Regional States.   

The Organization also worked with communities and local institutions to promote safe hygiene practices and construct new WASH facilities in schools and health facilities. 

An estimated 360,000 people were provided with non-food items (NFI) including emergency shelter and cooking materials. Nearly 73,000 beneficiaries received shelter support through communal structures and transitional shelters. These efforts mostly benefited formerly displaced populations in Oromia and Somali regions who are now returning home.   

“This health post was demolished when conflict broke out a couple of years ago; as you can see now it has been rehabilitated into an even better structure than it was before,” said Hirba Hituke, Kercha District Health Post Manager.   

IOM is also finalizing the construction of a reservoir that will provide clean water to the community in this area.   

“Safe and well-constructed water facilities are crucial to effectively prevent waterborne diseases for affected populations throughout Ethiopia,” said Fioretto Tabata, IOM Ethiopia WASH & Shelter/NFI Program Manager.   

The Organization hopes to continue this effort over 2020 and address the needs of the most vulnerable.    

IOM provided this assistance in 2019 with the financial support from ECHO, UN CERF, OCHA, the Government of Germany, Japan, OFDA, and Shelter Box.    

For further information, please contact Alemayehu Seifeselassie at IOM Ethiopia, Tel: +251 11 6611117 (Ext. 455), Mobile: +251 91 163 9082, Email: salemayehu@iom.int   

  • A beneficiary receives hygiene kits in Southern Nations and Nationalities and People’s Region in Ethiopia. Photo: IOM