Addressing discrimination and inequalities means more than just writing a statement. It means demonstrating this through our behaviours, the way we think and the choices we make every day. In the light of recent events and the #BlackLivesMatter movement, I would like to reiterate that diversity, equity and inclusion is at the heart of our ethos at Ethiopiaid.
For over 30 years the charity has listened to the needs of the most vulnerable in Ethiopia, regardless of ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion. This has always been at the core of our approach. We have never had an office in Ethiopia, but rather worked through local NGO partners who know best how to address the disparities in their communities in a meaningful and robust way.
Our 5 year strategy for 2020-2024 maps out how we intend to continue to reach and support the most marginalised going forward. Through long term trusted partnerships and investment in futures, we hope to realise our vision of an Ethiopia free from poverty, in which every person has access to quality education, healthcare and a life of dignity.
We are not complacent and we are committed to watching, listening and learning so that we remain ambitious and effective in all that we do. This includes ensuring that there is no place for discrimination nor prejudice within Ethiopiaid or the Ethiopian partners that we support.