Dubai, UAE―A Dubai Cares program in Ethiopia has concluded successfully, increasing student enrollment and reducing school dropout rates.

The philanthropic organization’s Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) program, launched last September, was implemented in 10 Ethiopian districts.

In the HGSF target schools, supporting a total of 58,812 children, there has been a six per cent increase in annual enrollment, an improved attendance rate of 96.4 per cent, and a reduced dropout rate of 16 per cent.

The program is a component of Dubai Cares’ wider Enhanced School Health Initiative (ESHI) pilot program that is being implemented by the World Food Programme (WFP), the Partnership for Child Development and SNV Netherlands, along with the Ethiopian government and the Ethiopian Public Health Research Institute.

A Dubai Cares delegation led by its CEO Tareq Al Gurg recently visited Ethiopia for the closing of the HGSF program.

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Dubai Cares, which is part of Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has funded a three-year program with the objective of improving the education, health, and nutrition of school-aged children across the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region.

To meet this goal, the funding was used to deliver an integrated HGSF; Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) interventions and deworming treatment in partnership with local farmers to reduce the prevalence of Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Al Gurg said: “Our visit to Ethiopia, and in particular the Wonte Boditi School, has allowed us to clearly see the success of our partners’ efforts.

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