We work with families and communities

Oromiya Region


With a population of more than 373,000, Adama is located 100 km east of Addis Ababa. To address housing need, Habitat Ethiopia has been operating in the town and currently solid waste management is the priority area identified by the city administration. Through current project, Habitat Ethiopia will enhance capacity in waste collection and disposal through providing solid waste trucks.  

Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa is the country’s capital city with a population of more than 3 million. Close to 80% of the city is considered slum. There is high need of housing and sanitation in slum areas of Addis Ababa. Most residents do not have proper sanitation facilities and they live in poor housing condition. A quarter of households have no toilet facility and two thirds share pit latrines. Twenty five percent of the solid waste generated from the city is left unattended. Habitat Ethiopia has been assisting families in Addis Ababa since 2010 and the current Urban Slum Upgrading and WASH Project is extension of the previous programs.

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Amhara Region

Debre Berhan

Population: 80,000

Distance from Addis: 130

Families on waiting list: 900

Though Habitat Ethiopia has been implementing projects in Debre Berhan to assist low income and vulnerable families, the housing need is still high; many families live in substandard houses without basic sanitation facilities. Through the next project, Habitat Ethiopia will construct houses for 16 elderly people with no income.


Bahir Dar


Distance from Addis Ababa-565

Bahir Dar has the fast-growing population and housing deficit is still critical, particularly for vulnerable and low-income families. The city administration has identified housing need as priority area.   In partnership with the city administration,  Habitat Ethiopia assists people who could not afford constructing their own houses in Bahir Dar.  In the next one year, Habitat Ethiopia provides support to the city administration to construct 14 houses for vulnerable families. More than 900 people are still on the waiting list.



Distance from Addis-401

Number of families to be served-715

Dessie is a mountainous town with large slum areas. Habitat Ethiopia has constructed houses and water points for more than 200 low income and vulnerable families. In addition to housing, access to safe water and sanitation is critical challenge for most families, particularly vulnerable groups. People with disabilities and older ages who live in Kedijo area of the town fetch water from unprotected sources located at distance. Women are forced to carry water up the steep hill which wastes their time and energy. The  unsafe water they currently use exposes them to health risks.   Habitat Ethiopia’s new project includes construction of reservoir at 70-meter elevation, installation of distribution lines, and water points to pump water to the residential areas. About 715 families(3146 individuals) will be served through this project.

Kombolcha and Debre Markos


Population: 127,000

Distance from Addis: 375

‘Many needy families still wait for support’

In Kombolcha, ersons with disabilities, leprosy affected groups and elderly people live in substandard houses.  In partnership with families and local administration, Habitat Ethiopia constructed houses for people who have been marginalized due to leprosy and poverty. Out of 1,074 people with disabilities who live in dilapidated houses, only 93 received support to move to new houses. Through the new project, Habitat Ethiopia will assist only 16 families, waiting support from partners to construct more houses. More than 960 families are on waiting list.

Debre Markos

Debre Markos is located 300 km north west of Addis Ababa; the population of the town is close to 77,000. Through previous projects, 148 partners families moved to new homes in the town.  As a result of population growth in the new residential area, solid waste becomes a challenge. The new project is expected to minimize health risks by enhancing waste management capacity. 



Located 375 km west of Addis Ababa, Jimma has  a population of close to 150,000. The most vulnerable and low income families live in poor housing condition and do not have access to sanitation facilities. Habitat Ethiopia has been operating in this community to assist families to move out of poverty housing. In the next one-year construction of new houses and renovation of existing ones will be carried out. Communal toilets will also be constructed.


Ambo is located 125 km west of Addis Ababa and the population of the town is close to 60,000. Poverty housing affects the living condition of many families in the town.  The challenge becomes more serious when it comes to marginalized groups and people with disabilities, particularly those affected by leprosy. Habitat Ethiopia has been assisting families and now aims to expand its efforts with support from partners.


Shashemene is situated 275 km south of Addis Ababa and has a population of more than 260,000. Solid waste management is one of the priority areas in the town. The solid waste is unattended in different parts of the town. The current project aims at creating healthy environment for more than 50,000 families.  Habitat Ethiopia will provide solid waste tools and engages 31 associations with 405 members in solid waste collection and disposal.  


 Lack of proper sanitation is the critical concern for families in the town. Most families do not have sanitation facilities. Habitat Ethiopia will work with families and town’s administration to construct communal toilets. Access to improved sanitation will significantly contribute to the health and safety of families.




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