Anole, Ethiopia

Anole is in a rural area of the Oromia Region in southeastern Ethiopia.


Ethiopia is a fascinating country with a long history. Home to about 115 million people, Ethiopia is the second-most-populous nation in Africa. Founded in 980 B.C., Ethiopia is one of the oldest nations in the world; the earliest instance of human ancestors using tools has been traced to Ethiopia. Coffee was first discovered in Ethiopia and remains one of their largest exports. Ethiopia is the only country in Africa to never be formally colonized.

Ethiopia has struggled to transition to the modern world and is currently one of the poorest countries in the world.

  1. Per capita annual income is estimated at $883.
  2. Ethiopia has one of the lowest literacy rates in the worlds, where approximately only 39% of the population can read.
  3. Approximately 2.6 million children of primary school age are not in school and only 25 per cent of secondary school aged children are enrolled in secondary school.

Despite the devastating civil war happening in Ethiopia Imagine1day is able to keep up their important work in many parts of the country.

Anole, Ethiopia Map


Thirty percent of Ethiopia’s population live below the poverty level and in rural communities such as Anole the percentage is even higher.  The over 16,000 people of Anole depend on agriculture for their livelihood.  The primarily crop is coffee, but they also farm other crops such as maize, teff and assorted fruits.  The poor economic condition of the community is reflected in the quality of educational opportunities available to school-age children. Primary school net enrolment rate is 75% compared to the national rate of 94%.  We believe this project will improve these numbers dramatically.

AFR Barometer February 2021
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Heinrichs, Ann. Ethiopia (Enchantment of the World), 2nd ed. New York, NY: Children’s Press, 2005.
MoFEC 2019