Building a Bridge with Ethiopia: An Introduction to People to People


In 2004, p2p established a boarding school in Amanuel, Ethiopia for girls orphaned by HIV/AIDS and are in good academic standing. Currently, 40 outstanding young women receive an education and/or care at the facility. Those who don’t reside in the boarding home live with members of the community and receive sponsorship (from members of the diaspora living abroad) in an effort to prevent them from dropping out. In collaboration with the local community, the students are given the opportunity for regular schooling. They are also exposed to and taught various vocational skills such as farming, beekeeping, cattle-raising, vegetable growing, meal grinding and baking. The skills these young women learn have helped generate additional income for the school that is invested in the care and education of the students.

MRC-Holland Foundation is the principal funding partner of Amanuel Boarding Care Center.


​ (2005-2012) With support from War Child Canada, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Stephen Lewis Foundation, P2P also established a vocational training program for orphans in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, especially those who are serving as head of their household, and have taken on the responsibility of caring for their siblings The programs include hair-dressing, nursing, cooking, driving, building and construction, and electrical and computer training. So far, a total of 450 orphans (both young men and women) from 90 child-headed households, have been trained.



(2007-2010) With the support of a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, in 2007, P2P established a youth center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The center was equipped with internet and a research library that provided relevant information on HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and family planning services with the aim to slow down the rate of population growth and HIV incidence among youths between the ages of 15 and 30. (2005) Through a partnership with The Pfizer Foundation, P2P supplied the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia with the drug Fluconazol (also known as Diflucan) to be used in the treatment of AIDS patients with systemic fungal infections. (2002) P2P was awarded a grant from The Pfizer Foundation that was used to educate high school students in three regions of Ethiopia (Oromia, Amhara, and Tigray) about HIV prevention and transmission through behavioral changes. A total of 170 students, school administrators and health care workers have been educated on HIV/AIDS prevention.