Millennium Village – Koraro, Ethiopia

In 2014 the Only The Brave Foundation decided to embark in another development project together with Millennium Promise: help the Millennium Village of Koraro in Ethiopia to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the end of 2015.

The Koraro village is located in the Hawzien district in northern Ethiopia, an area surrounded by jagged escarpments and dusty land. The region is semi-arid with a short rainy season, receiving about 500 millimeters of rain per year. It is prone to severe drought.

The main crops that are produced are teff and maize. The Koraro village, which is located in one of the poorest regions of Ethiopia, suffers from a severely degraded soil, high malaria and maternal mortality rates, lack of classrooms, unsafe drinking water, and extremely poor infrastructure.

The 11 villages span an area of several hundred square kilometers, stitched together by nearly non-existent roads, which make traveling between the villages and local commercial centers, such as Hawzien and Mekelle (100km away), very difficult. Koraro is located about 16km from a dry weather road, and about 54km from the main road. With such long distances and very limited access to communications technologies, Koraro was effectively cut off from the rest of the world and in 2014 was not on track to reach the MDGs .

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Facts and Figures

  • 11 villages
  • 352 Community Health Workers reaching all rural villages
  • 68,000 people living in Koraro
  • 2,500 mothers were trained on basic immediate newborn care and breast feeding
  • 4,500 students received tutoring from model student tutors
  • 23 new water percolation ponds were constructed or repaired to provide safer water