Over the course of our history, ENA has endeavored to lift vulnerable populations through education. While traditional education—including schools and classrooms for young people and adult literacy programs for adults, has been a cornerstone of our efforts, we have learned that large groups of people can benefit in very significant ways from community training. When we first entered the Great Rift Valley in Ethiopia our community training included hygiene and sanitation training in rural villages. Whole communities could be educated on best-available hygiene practices—hand washing, water boiling for food preparation, and latrine construction and use. These simple practices, when understood and implemented by the people, had a tremendous impact on the quality of life enjoyed by the populations we served.
Today our Community Training is focused in several specific areas:
- Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness and Training: Working with village elders and community leaders, law enforcement agencies and other organizations, ENA conducts community sensitization durbars (meetings) training individuals and families on the methods and techniques that traffickers employ to lure victims. This training empowers adults and their children to avoid being the next generation of slaves.
- Health Care: A vital component of the care given through of our health posts, medical clinics and HIV clinics is health education. Teaching mothers better pre-natal practices and well-baby care, wound care and HIV prevention and treatment have greatly improved the lives of tens of thousands of women and their children.
- Albinism: A child born with Albinism in Africa will face unrelenting social pressures. They are viewed with great suspicion and are ostracized and often outcast. To compound this injustice, witchdoctors will kidnap, murder and sell the body parts of children with Albinism to those who are seeking greater fame, fortune and success. ENA has hosted conferences, symposiums and sensitization events on national and local levels to reduce the stigma and to empower the afflicted and their families. We have worked with ministers, legislators and clergy to assist those with this genetic disorder to have more productive and safe lives.