What We Do

Action for Basic Development Initiatives (ABDI)

The major projects, ABDI runs under its broad programs/projects are:

  • Women and girls empowerment
  •  Establishment of  a center for community development
  • Mitigation of women and child trafficking
  • Education
  • WASH
  • Provision of basic care and support for older people
  • Food security and environmental protection, and
  • Health and HIV & AIDS.

Women And Girls Empowerment

Under this, women empowerment category, ABDI’s achievements are categorized into the below four areas:
Establishment of strong Women Self Help Groups (SHGs), improving the living conditions of its members

  • Organized about 5000 needy women into 250 vibrant SHGs, empowering their personal and joint development based on dignity, skills and knowledge and amplifying their voice.
  • Provided on-going training for SHGs' members on business management, leadership, communication, conflict resolution, saving and credit culture, giving them the knowledge to succeed in small business ventures.
  • Promoted SHGs and its members to actively engage in various income-generating activities and business
  • Developed a solid culture of saving and credit, enabling SHGs to accumulate more than ETB 3 million (USD$ 60,600 ) and making members eligible to both, internal and external  source of  loans which is very close and ease access to their members
  • Delivered educational and awareness raising events for over 5000 members of SHGs and their communities, increasing their knowledge on topics such as reproductive health, harmful traditional practices,  trafficking, HIV & AIDS, conflict resolution, communication, leadership, and climate change.
  • Availed 50 needy girls and other rural community members of the chance to access IT infrastructure/commuter training facilitating learning and building on computer proficiency.
  • Supported about 2000 poor women to access revolving funds for income generating activities increasing their ability to cover their and their dependents basic needs.
  • Decreased levels of illiteracy rates amongst more than 2,000 women through provision of adult basic education, equipping them with basic writing and reading skills.etc

Contributed to environmental conservation, combating the effects of climate change and environmental degradation

  • Worked with local government, SHGs and  Women Cluster Level Association (CLAs)’ to plant and raise over 200,000 tree seedlings in their homestead and ABDI’s compound  and closed  conservation area  in their localities, which given to them by local government, preserving the environment and varieties of tree species.
  • Continuous environmental  and mitigating strategies to   climate changes education has been given to the organise women groups  and other community members

Engaged in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene activities

  • The organized SHGs and CLAs members encouraged to construct about 820 toilets, dirty disposals and separated housing for their livestock and poultry from people, promoting better hygiene and sanitation practices amongst the community and its members.
  • Developed a borehole and a spring with communities’ and local government  active contribution in the form of labor, local materials and expertise  improving proximity and access to potable water, thereby decreasing the burden of collecting water from far distances for, particularly, women and girls.

Supported women to take part a leading role in delivery of social and health supporting systems, amplifying their position within their community

  • Motivated SHGs and CLAs members  to create response systems in time of health emergencies which women can independently deliver, resulting in the life-saving 'traditional ambulance', basically a stretcher that can be used to easily  transport a sick adult /delivery women to the health centre without having to wait on the men's support.
  • Strengthened SHGs to the extent they provide financial, in-kind and counseling assistance to vulnerable members of the community - women, OVCs, older people and others during times of mourning, celebration and educational advancement, showcasing the potential of women given right opportunities to prosper.
  • Empowered women to participate in conflict resolution at family and community levels, giving women the chance to contribute to the process from their previously disregarded perspective.
  • Facilitated for SHG to engage in various community level development interventions such as the harvesting and storing of crops and animal/livestock feed etc

A Center for Community Development/Training

  • On the plot of land 6400 m2 which has been given to ABDI by Adaba City Administration,  ABDI built a centre with a  standard meeting hall with capacity of occupying about 500 people, also  serve as a resource center/ library and IT infrastructure with six computers where women,  girls, children and other members of the community can come for learning, meetings, trainings, recreational activities and other public gathering/events.
  • ABDI also built Office in the compound which is serving the organization at  this time,
  • Establish  demonstration site for vegetable and fruit (horticultural crops)  production in the compound of the Centre for Community Development, serving SHGs to learn about horticulture production and consumption in order to enable them diversify their source of food and income and  improve their nutritional status of community members,
  • The demonstration site is also used  for the production various  tree seedlings of indigenous and exotic tree species  to distribute for the organised women groups members and other community members to access trees products in their home stead and  also to contribute for environmental conservation and climate change efforts
  • Facilitated and organized awareness raising  events in celebration of international UN occurrences, such as March 8  International Women's Day, International Day of Older Persons, International Day of the Child,  and World AIDS Day, at the centre's premises in Adaba, Gedeb-Hassassa  and Kofele districts in partnership with local government stakeholders. Since 2010, each event saw up to 500 participants from government high officials and representatives and, community members of all ages. Highlight included open discussions on the occurrences' themes acknowledgement awards for outstanding girl students and SHG members as well as in-kind support to the most destitute older people.

Mitigation Of Women And Child Trafficking, HTPs and Girls Education

Since 2014  using fund from  Sweden International Development Agency /SIDA  funds through Ceneter for Development Initiatives (CDI) and Funds from Finland Embassy to Ethiopia,  ABDI has been implmenting a project focusing on mitigation of women, girls  and child trafficking through supporting the education girls and building capacity of community based organizations (CBOs) and Women self Help groups in Kofele district. Through this project, about 12,000 community members are reached  in raising awareness about child, girls  and women trafficking and  Harmful traditional Practices (HTPs)  and their impacts on their lives, different factors which afecting women and girls rigts and puts them at risk,  the need for girls education, roles  and reponsibility   CBOs, and Women institutions   in curbing trafficking and HTPs.
Major activities  accomplished under this project are;

  • Organised and conducted various  awareness raising workshops and events on child, girls  and women traficking for more than 10,000 community members and  government stakeholders
  • Established and  furnished one child friendly court with necessary matrials and equipments in Kofele district,
  • Conducted one baseline survey  in Kabate kebele on the prevalance of child and women trafficking and HTPs and their impacts on the lives of women, girls and children,
  • Throgh continous awareness raising and CBOs capacity building about  300  children who were rented to better-off houselds to different areas were return back to their parnets home and attaending their education,
  • Provided schools materails ( uniform, exercise books, pen and pencils) and counseling services for  300  needy children who were back home from where they were rented,
  •  Stregthening the capacity of CBOs such as Iddirs and women self help groups members through various training and workshops,
  • Organized about  800 women  under 40 women self help groups,
  • Disbusrsing  working capital of about Birr 400, 000 to the organised Women saving and credit groups  and enabled them to  engage in various income geerating aactivities and busenesses,
  • Provided working capital to about 25  girls who came back from Arab countries migration in their bare hands and enable them to engage in various small busnesses and income generating activities


In the process of building strong educational foundations for children, ABDI carries out significant interventions that are improving access to primary and secondary education in the remotest part of rural Adaba, Kofele and Dinsho districts.
  • Built three primary schools, equipped with necessary furniture and materials, enables more than 1000 children to access education in close vicinity to their homes.
  • Constructed one block in the high school that comprised of four classrooms equipped with necessary furniture items and materials, enabling around 150 students to effectively attend their education.
  • Run an adult education literacy program for more than 2000 adult women who organized into self-help groups, equipping them with basic skills in reading and writing.
  • Provided education support to 7 needy high school girls and 300 OVCs in form of a subsidies and materials, respectively, allowing them to continue their education with full families’ backing.
  • Established and strengthened students’ clubs including girls clubs, sports clubs, HIV & AIDS clubs, child and women rights clubs, creating extra curricular activities and offering behavioral change promotion on protection of women and children rights and prevention of harmful traditional practices common to the community’s in the past.

Water Sanitation ad Hygiene (WASH)

With the objective of alleviating these problems in the rural area, ABDI initiated a WASH project from which, currently, more than 2,400 people and school children of the locality of Tefera-Haro in Adaba district are benefitting.
This project which brings access to potable water in close proximity is a tribute of the strong partnership between ABDI, the local government and the community. Below are a list of the major structures and events which are result of the project:
  • Developed a spring lying at the distance of 4.1 kms from the school compound of Terefa- Haro area.
  • Laid a pipeline from the spring to the school, extending over 4.1 km mountainous and forest landscape.
  • Constructed 1 water reservoir with a holding capacity of 25,000 liters.
  • Built 2 water points in Tefera-Haro, one for the school and the other for the community.
  • Provided trainings and awareness raising workshops for the community members.
  • Established water management committee consisting of representatives of ABDI's staff and concerned local government offices, providing continuous technical support and monitoring.  
  • Inaugurated the completion of the WASH schemes colorfully in the presence of over 1000 people, drawn from, donors, zone and district level government officials, ABDI's board, staff and volunteers and most importantly, the community and students

Provision of Care and Support to Older People

  • Mobilized community care and support of destitute older people, benefitting   about 200   poor older women and men with in-kind support such as clothing.
  • In collaboration with HelpAge International, organized an eye care outreach campaign, providing 300 older people with various eye care services such as screening, cataract and TT operations, treatment, medication and glasses.

Livelihoods and Environmental Protection

Contributed to the conservation and protection of the environment by facilitating planting and raising campaigns of more than 200,000 indigenous and foreign tree seedlings. The campaigns were undertaken on the compound of the centre, the forest preserves/closed area and the homes of community members.  
·   Provided demonstrative training on horticulture production and distributed vegetable seedlings to women and, enabling them to save money by growing and keeping up good health of their family members through nutritious and diversified food sources.

Health and HIV & AIDS

  • Trained women on nutrition and provided vegetable seedlings for home-based horticulture, expanding the food sources and improving the nutritional status of their families.
  • Supported people infected or affected by HIV who are caregivers of OVC with school materials like notebooks, pens and uniforms, enabling 300 OVC to attend school.
  • Motivated women to build a stretcher from local materials and provide traditional ambulance services, allowing them to provide lifesaving support to persons requiring urgent medical attention and lack the physical capacity to travel to the nearby health facility on their own. This empowers women to take immediate action when a person's health is endangered while the men are away. A good example would be the case of a woman going into labor.
  • Construction of various WASH schemes such as latrines and tapping of safe water sources have enhanced access to potable water amongst communities, decreasing the overall number of cases of water-borne disease arising in Adaba district.
  • Construction of sanitation facilities and promotion of safe hygiene and sanitation practices has helped communities overcome health issues resulting from poor hygiene and sanitation, improving the general wellbeing and living conditions of individuals, households and the local society.
  • Provided materials and financial support for people living HIV and AIDS.

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