Rift Valley Children and Women Development Organization (RCWDO)

  • I Implementer


Rift Valley Children and Women Development Organization (RCWDO) is a national, indigenous, non-governmental, not-for-profit and secular developmental charity organization. RCWDO promotes the welfare and development of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of society, mainly: children, women, youth, the elderly and people with disabilities who are subjected to severe poverty and all forms of the problems of underdevelopment. RCWDO was founded in 1993 by dedicated, philanthropic and voluntary Ethiopians residing in the Central Rift Valley area to address the critical causes of poverty in the rift valley area, as well as other parts of the country. RCWDO assists the efforts of the communities and affected people in strengthening humanitarian efforts. RCWDO envisions a poverty free, resilient society in which everyone can lead dignified quality of life, and experience equality, freedom and sustainable development in a healthy environment. RCWDO works for robust and thriving communities, particularly in the hard to reach and vulnerable segment of the society to enjoy sustainable livelihoods with enhanced resilience capabilities to shocks and stress through their proactive engagement.

Primary Functions

  • Awareness Raising/Advocacy
  • Capacity building/Technical assistance
  • Program/Project Implementation
  • Research - project evaluation

Secondary Functions

  • Networking/Convening
  • Policy Development/Implementation
  • Research - policy analysis

Geographic Scope

  • National

Areas of work Back to Top

Education topics addressed


  • Primary completion
  • Primary enrollment


  • Early childhood development

Other skills

  • Life skills/sexuality education
  • Rights/empowerment education
  • Vocational training


  • Curricula/lesson plans
  • School facilities
  • School-related gender-based violence
  • Teacher training


  • Literacy
  • Numeracy

Cross-cutting topics addressed

  • Adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Community sensitization
  • Early/child marriage
  • Economic/livelihoods (including savings/financial inclusion, etc.)
  • Emergencies and protracted crises
  • Empowerment
  • Female genital mutilation/cutting
  • Gender equality
  • Menstrual hygiene management
  • Nutrition
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs
  • WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)

Funders and partners Back to Top

Current girls’ education funders

Current girls' education partners

Locations and contact information Back to Top


Not applicable or unknown

Headquarters location(s)

  • Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Office location(s)

  • Ethiopia


Ato Berhanu Geleto
Executive Director

Locations of current girls’ education work

Map showing countries (listed below) where the organization is involved with girls' education programs

  • Ethiopia

Projects Back to Top