ISHDO thematic areas are Health, Education and Development. within each thematic areas, we are addressing children, youth, women, families, PLHIV, people with disability, Most at risk population like Female Sex workers and their clients, and waitress who are living and working across the country. 

Health Projects

MULU HIV Prevention Project

MULU HIV Prevention Project  is funded by USAID through Population Service International (PSI) Ethiopia. the project has been implementing “to contribute for the national target of reducing new infection by 50%" through provision of a range of standard combination prevention service to most at risk populations and highly vulnerable population surrounding hot spot areas since August 2012. the project has targeted key, priority & highly vulnerable populations such as Female sex worker and their clients, and Watress in three sub cities of Addis Ababa namely A/ketem, Yeka and NfasilkLafto and four towns of SNNPR namely Hawassa, Wolkita, Butajera, &Dilla towns. The project has a package of service under three pillars which is called behavioral change communication, Biomedical/Integrated Clinical service and the structural component.

Communication for Health  project 

Communication for health project is funded by USAID through JSI Ethiopia  to bring about Social Behavioral Change Communication using different strategies like mobilizing the target community through trainings, distributing the developed SBCC materials, strengthening the work force in the structure of health institutions, school teachers and using the formats prepared for this particular project properly to collect accurate and relevant data at eight woredas of East Shoa zone namely Boset, Fentalle, Adami Tulu JidoKombolcha, Dugda, LibenChukala, Lume, Gimbichu and Adeaworedas.

Overcoming Barriers to Reproductive Maternal and Neonatal Health (RMNH) Service Utilization Project

The project has been implemented to contribute to improving the reproductive health status in the pastoralist communities of Oromia and narrowing the regional disparities in reproductive maternal and neonatal health services utilization to benefit Pregnant Women, neonates, Children and Youth groups of the community. The project is designed in line with the reproductive innovative fund (RIF) initiated by Ministry of Health to address demand side barriers amongst pastoralist communities of Oromia regional state. The project mainly focusing on improving demand on RMNH, institutional delivery, designating home-delivery-free kebeles, establishing functional task force and generating evidences.

Reduction of Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS problems Among Resource–Poor Students

The project is finance by Bread for the World and being implemented at Aleta Chuko and AletaWondo Districts of SNNP regions with the objectives of empower girls and women through efforts that reduce their vulnerability to reproductive health and HIV/AIDS related problems. The major activities include reproductive health knowledge and awareness creation through coffee ceremony, youth action kit training, counselling services, school based IGA and Community based IGA and panel discussion. In addition , the Capacity Building in one of component of the project which was given through experience sharing and school based capacity building activity. This included educational material and mini media material support, establishment of clubs, training for school teachers, directors, and other school community representatives, tutorial service for students, provision of prize for outstanding students, sanitary pad provision and training for female students. 


Accelerated Learning for Africa (ALFA) Program

The project has been implemented in AletaChuko and Dale Wereda of SNNP regions of with the objective of reaching children aged 9 – 14 who did not get a chance to join school or who dropped out from school due to different reasons and for OVC guardians through formal education and functional adult literacy program. It is financed by Geneva Global Inc. and mainly focuses on providing

  • ·         Ten months of temporary catch-up classes for out-of-school children of age 9 to 14
  • ·         Self-help group of mothers organized and empowered economically to continue their children’s education.
  • ·         Access for pre-school age child-to-child program.

to  bring all out of school children back to school in the targeted kebeles.  


Community Based Child Development Program

The project is being financed by Canadian Feed the Children with the general objective of improving the lives of children in need through creating favorable environment for children by addressing problems encountered in their lives so as to enable them to attend and continue their education and fulfilling their basic needs for betterment of their future life at Chancho and sululta of Oromia Regional State. The project has 600 children whose families are poor and unable to support their children. The project has three components i.e. food security, capacity building, and Education. Major activities of the project includes: organizing tours and edutainment programs, providing counseling service for children and their guardians, organizing community mobilization events, building the capacity of staffs, self-help groups and clubs, Livelihood improvement program for families, renovation and construction of health centers, public latrine, and school library, building strong partnership among stakeholders, and reestablishing project Advisors Committee.

Yekokeb Berhan for Highly Vulnerable Children Program

Donor: USAID/Pact-Ethiopia

The goal of the project was to reduce vulnerability among HVC and their families by strengthening systems and structures to deliver quality essential services and increase resiliency. Type of services given for the children were: Education, Health, Legal support, shelter and care, psychosocial support, and lively hood improvement. It worked to ensure that HVC and their families receive age-appropriate, inclusive services, and children participate in discussions and decisions that affect their lives. Yekokeb Berhan did not focus on providing hand-outs to families, but rather on the co-ordination of care, which was based on an assessment of each child’s needs and the range of available resources. Linkages was made to local providers, as needed (for example, to schools around the target area, to local health clinics or to the health extension workers, etc.).

It took a systems approach to meet the needs of HVC that rests on four pillars:

  • ·         Systems, structures and frame works that prioritize the developmental needs of children and build their resilience.
  • ·         Availability of and access to high quality services for children through referral.
  • ·         Community structures that can respond to the unique needs of orphans and their families, especially those that have been marginalized in the past.
  • ·         A learning mechanism that promotes evidence-based decision and policy-making

Project Location: Becho, Illu and woliso (Dilela) and Seden Sodo Wereda of Oromia

Program Targets:  4,610 Highly Vulnerable Children and their caregivers

Friends for Children

The project is supported by UK Diaspora in order to support the education of double AIDS orphaned children at Arada and Kirkos Sub Cities, 31 sponsored children are given 300 birr on monthly basis. At the first year of the project the sponsors were plan to support a total of twenty double AIDS orphaned children at Arada sub city, the organization involve government stockholders from the subcity to identify the target group, but most of the orphans were found single orphans and they can’t full file the criteria sat by the sponsors and only 14 double AIDS orphan children were supported for the year.  In the following year of the project the organization recommend to see other sub cites of Addis Ababa and kirkos was selected and the UK Diaspora support increased by additional 20 double AIDS orphaned children and the organization with the government stockholders select as the criteria set by the donors and can identify 17 double AIDS orphaned children at kirkos sub city.  The Follow up was done in respect to school attendance, home work, result of test or exam and if absent from school the reasons should be known for each sponsored child. There was one volunteer counselor support the children behavior and assess their adherence level. Different reference books were purchased and given to support the education performance. Review meetings with the children and their parents were conducted and by submitting proposal to CCRDA the organization support school materials like exercise book, pen, pencil, backpack,  and uniform for the orphaned children. Double AIDS orphaned children 

Cross cutting issues

are those which relate to and must be considered within projects to be appropriately addressed are Economic empowerment, gender based violence, disability, community engagement and gender equality. we integrate these issues in the project development and implementation stage as well as monitoring and evaluation activities. 

Economic Empowerment

Socio-economic problems affecting the needy communities have been addressed through provision of vocation skills training and support for income generation like door mat carpet, weaving, pottery production and  sewing to  enable them improve their livelihood. Low income women were able to generate income through SHG membership for saving and credit opportunities for their business involvement. 

Disability Mainstreaming

Disability mainstreaming was performed in different forms to provide and made available of services like psychosocial support, shelter and care, health, educational, materials like wheel chair and economic strengthening for the disabled members of the households of the project areas. 

Community Engagement

The process of working collaboratively with community members or groups to address issues that impact their wellbeing. The activities are conducting and organizing community mobilization events, tours and edutainment programs, self-help groups and clubs establishment and support.