COUNTRY OVERVIEW: ETHIOPIA
Population: 94 million;
Capital: Addis Ababa;
Languages: English, Arabic, Oromo, Amharic, Somali;
Poverty rate: 39%;
Illiteracy rate: 61%;
Annual mortality rate (0-5 years): 194,000;
People without access to sanitation: 79%
Plan first started working in Ethiopia in November 1974, helping poor children gain wider access to health, education, protection and participation in the districts of Lalibela and Arba Minch. Having closed in 1977, Plan resumed operations in Ethiopia in October 1994. Since then Plan has maintained a consistent presence in the country.
As a child-centred community development and humanitarian organisation, Plan works extensively at the grassroots level to promote the healthy development of all children.