The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church-Child and Family Affairs Organization (EOTC-CFAO) is a faith based indigenous not for profit Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) established under the auspices of the EOC with a major objectives of providing care and support as well as education to Orphan and other Vulnerable Children (OVC) and empowering their caretakers / parents.
The founding of the EOTC-CFAO goes back to 1973 during which a great drought claimed tens of thousands of human lives and livestock population and caused displacement of large number of people and disintegration of families in the northern parts of Ethiopia.
In fact, the drought and the subsequent famine were partly responsible for the 1974 popular uprising which brought about the demise of the then feudal socio-economic and political order. In response to such an extraordinary catastrophe which left tens of thousands of children without parents the EOTC-CFAO undertook massive interventions programs through the provision of temporary shelter, food, clothing and medical care to drought stricken compatriots with special focus on OVC and their guardians.
Initially, the EOTC-CFAO has been registered as a NGO in line with the country’s civil code No. 404/1960 and regulation No. 321/1996 for the registration of NGO. It also has been re-registered as Ethiopian Resident Charity in accordance with Charities and Societies proclamation No. 621/2009 and Council Of Ministers Regulation for the Administration and Registration of Charities and Societies No. 00/2009. Today, the EOTC-CFAO is operating on decentralized basis through 17 Child Care Centers (CCCs) in five Regional States and in Addis Ababa City Administration and two Community Based Child Development Project offices in one Regional States and in Addis Ababa City Administration.