The health of mothers and newborns in Ethiopia is often at risk, since most women do not deliver in hospitals or receive adequate pre and postnatal care. ChildFund’s programs encourage mothers to deliver at healthcare institutions, improving their chances of postnatal care and reducing the risk of maternal and infant fatalities. By providing better access to safe water and educating communities on sanitation practices, ChildFund also helps to reduce the spread of communicable diseases in Ethiopia. Village savings and loan groups, supported by ChildFund and its partners, empower caregivers and parents by improving their livelihoods and increasing household income. Members use the income generated to pay for food, school materials and medication for their children, and economically empowered women raise their voices at the household level, improving their leadership roles within the family. Our local partners also work with government elementary schools to share facilities for early childhood development programs.