ORDA is an Ethiopian-operated, Non-Government Organization (non-profit) that focuses primarily on water development programs as a key step in the strategy to end chronic poverty and food shortages in the Amhara region of Ethiopia.
Since our founding, ORDA has devised strategies and programs that benefit nearly three million people. During this time, we’ve acquired valuable experience, professional excellence and a proven record of success in sustainable community-based development.
Ethiopians helping Ethiopians is important to our success because, like anyone else, the people of Ethiopia are more likely to accept advice from and collaborate with those who share and understand their culture. And when programs face challenges that are rooted in deeply ingrained cultural practices—which they so often do in developing countries—no one is better positioned to find a viable solution than the people who grew up in the same culture.
ORDA is Not About Handouts
We all know that type of help lasts only as long as the supply. Rather, we’re about partnering and collaborating. We’re about providing people with the knowledge and resources they need to achieve their own success.
Most of all, we’re about helping the people of Amhara develop passion, dignity and pride. Because when people have that, there is nothing they can’t accomplish.