Dato Odahe Ethiopia,Integrated Livelihood Improvement

Dato Odahe Ethiopia,Integrated Livelihood Improvement


To improve the livelihoods of children and women affected by AIDS and PLHIV in Dato Odahe, we will work with the local CBO and the PLHIV assocation to strengthen their social and econoimc position. We support the women in Self-Help groups to stimulate savings and loans, support guardian so that they can send their children to school, provide business trianing and support youth clubs in schools to address stigma and increase awareness.

Project details

Time frame
01 April 2016 - 31 March 2019
€ 80,000
Active in

Dato Odahe (near Hawassa city)

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- Reduced vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and susceptibility to its social and economic impacts
- Improved livelihood options and income opportunities created for vulnerable groups mainly women and youth
- CBOs are able to effectively engage in HIV prevention and impact mitigation initiatives

Community groups

- 45 People living with HIV (PLHIV) and their children
- 60 Orphans and vulnerable children and their guardians
- 1700 School children and youth (including vulnerable school girls)
- 340 Marginalized women
- 40 Low income families
- Community members at large
- One PLHIV association and 2 CBOs and its members


Majority of the people in Dato Odahe Kebele earn low incomes from daily labor work, working as guards in the City, keeping some animals, farming, renting some rooms (in their compounds) and undertaking some petty trade. On the contrary households are big in size with many children in each family and hence large child population in the community. In Hawassa City, 682 of the total of 41,548 people who undergone HIV testing in 2013 were found to be HIV positive, making the rate of prevalence 1.6%. Due to poor economic opportunities, inadequate HIV/AIDS prevention and impact mitigation intervention, the engagement of young girls in sex work, the vulnerability of the community at Dato Odahe Kebele is believed to be high. The Kebele is inhabited by high HIV risk groups such as daily laborers and young people who migrated from rural areas in search of job within the city of Hawassa. Many of female sex workers in the city prefer to rent residential rooms and live in Dato Odahe Kebele. They rent rooms in group and spend the days there until they go out to the center of Hawassa city for sex work at nights. The female sex workers prefer to live in Dato Odahe where cost of house rent is relatively lower than the prices in the other parts of the city.

In Dato Odahe Kebele there were an estimated 4,344 children under the age of 18, and this accounted for 44.3% of the total residents in the Kebele. Significant proportions (32%) of these children are under five years of age.

Given the low social and economic status of families and the community at large, child vulnerability is considered very high at Dato Odahe Kebele. Data collected from the Kebele administration reveals that there are 241 orphan children (116 boys and 125 girls) who lost one or both of their parents. According to the explanation of Kebele officials, these children are identified as the most destitute living in critically difficult circumstances due to lack of appropriate family care and support. In Dato Odahe Kebele, many children are born from teenage mothers and broken families mostly headed by women with no regular income to meet the daily subsistence needs of members, particularly children.

Although, specific data with regard to children and HIV/AIDS is hardly available, the overall situation in the community implies that large number of children in Dato Odahe is affected by HIV/AIDS in one way or another. It appeared that orphan and vulnerable children in the target community are challenged by lack of care and support in terms of nutrition, education, health and other essentials for their survival as well as physical and intellectual development. According to the information from the principal of Dato primary school, large majority of school dropouts are orphans and vulnerable children.


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