Elshadai Relief and Development Association (ERDA)
Over the past 32 years Elshadai Relief and Development Association has implemented various humanitarian & development activities that directly benefited 381,042 vulnerable people throughout the country.
Who is Elshadai?
Elshadai Relief and Development Association is a community-based non-governmental and non-profit making humanitarian organization initiated by Aite Yemane Woldemariam, and established with the collaboration of few donors in September 1990. The then 17 years civil war in the northern part of Ethiopia to care & support children affected. Yemane triggered to get involved after his first encounter with a body of dead women who became a victim of brutal air strikes by the Dergue regime. The women’s head was cut-off, but carrying miraculously alive baby. And Yemane took the baby, and become the first orphan to be cared in Elshadai.The first initiation to establish ERDA was the situation of children who lost their parents as a result of the then 17 years civil war. It started by providing institutional care to 14 vulnerable children and the number has been increasing every year. However, in the last 20 years ERDA expanded its activities as well as areas of intervention to include all parts of the country. As a result it mobilized resources from government and non-governmental organizations and implemented programs that improved the lives of 381,042 individuals.
Activities & Services
Education and Training
ERDA has been providing Kindergarten and primary education for more than 10,000 children, since 1990, in its Wukro and Kallamino schools. These two schools provide quality education to Elshadai family children in the village as well as children coming from surrounding rural & urban communities. Over 21,842 children enrolled in school, and are obtaining the valuable education they need and deserve.
Rehabilitation and Fighting poverty
Elshadai rehabilitated more than 360 thousand individuals who were living on begging and street children.Reintegrated over 4,144 farmers with their children and adults living on begging enable then back to their origin.
Health and Nutrition
Skilling the youth & job creation
Key Partners and Stakeholders
- Labor & Social Affairs Bureau /BOLSA/
- Finance & Economic Development Bureau
- Women, Children & Youth Bureau
- Education Bureau
- Health Bureau
- Agriculture & Rural Development Bureau
- Disaster Protection Bureau
- Small & Medium Enterprises Agency
Non-Governmental Organizations (International & Local)