Project hightlight: The Keranyo Family and Community Strengthening Program

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Keranyo is a community on the outskirts of Addis Ababa experiencing multidimensional poverty and is home to over half a million people. 


Many women-headed households in Keranyo grapple with the absence of affordable childcare, often facing a tough choice between earning a living and caring for their children. This dilemma sometimes leaves them with no option but to leave children unsupervised or bring them to work. Additionally, these mothers contend with rising food costs causing malnutrition among many as they struggle to provide balanced meals. 


SOS Children’s Villages has been working in Keranyo since 1997, implementing a Family Strengthening Program with a fully staffed Early Childhood Development and Community Centre. The program provides services to the most vulnerable and protects children while socially and economically empowering marginalized caregivers to independently meet their family’s needs. This is achieved by: 


  • Offering comprehensive early childhood development services, including free holistic childcare: nutritious meals, psychosocial support, healthcare and preschool education. 


  • Providing women with social and economic empowerment opportunities through skills development and business training. 


  • Strengthening community-based organizations to prevent and respond to rights violations and enhancing the capacity of the community to protect children and support vulnerable households through learning events and workshops. 


This program successfully reaches those living in the most challenging circumstances, enabling them to live with dignity and care for their family. 




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Our impact in Keranyo in 2022-2023


Our targets: Each year, with the support of our partners, we aim to offer holistic early childhood education services to 194 children, provide vocational and business training to 60 caregivers and provide positive parenting and child safeguarding training to 150 caregivers.



Keranyo_Oct_2023 impact numbers





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We thank all our partners and individuals who help us improve the lives of Keranyo’s most vulnerable children and families. Without you, this would not be possible. Every donation makes an impact, and we thank you for your ongoing support. Donate.




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