Map of Ethiopia Education is a vitally important factor in ensuring a future for Ethiopian children, like these youngsters in Goha, who are using the shade of a tree to keep cool during the midday heat.

Despite Ethiopia’s relatively high GDP growth in recent years, per capita income remains among the lowest in the world, and well over a third of Ethiopians continue to live below the poverty line. In an economy heavily dependant on agriculture and plagued by frequent droughts, Ethiopians, particularly in rural areas, lack access to basic resources such as healthcare, education, and potable water.

JDC began working in Ethiopia in 1983, striving to advance the health and well being of those living in the Gondar region. Providing critical services, including medical care under the supervision of Dr. Rick Hodes, JDC’s Medical Director in Ethiopia for more than two decades, JDC met the needs—both in Gondar and in Addis Ababa—of the successive waves of Ethiopians who’ve immigrated to Israel over the past 30 years.

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See how JDC is helping to improve medical education, clinical care, and research in Ethiopian pediatrics through its Medical Fellows placement program in Gondar.


In 1984, contributions to JDC’s first “Open Mailbox” emergency campaign and food supplies from USAID enabled JDC to become the main supporter of three tent cities sheltering some 50,000 victims of the devastating Ethiopian famine.