Our History

Jerusalem Children and Community Development Organization (JeCCDO) is a registered Civil Society Organization. It was established in 1985 GC, dedicated to work for and with children, families and their communities. JeCCDO operates with a central (head) office in Addis Ababa and four regional Area Community Development Program Offices (ACDPOs) located in Amhara National Regional State (Bahir Dar & Debre Birhana), Oromia National Regional State (Bishoftu), Sidama National Regional State (Hawassa), SNNP Regional State (Hawassa), & Addis Ababa City Administration.

The central theme of JeCCDO’s programmatic framework is promoting integrated Community-Based Development focusing on children, women, youth and other vulnerable segments of the community. To this end, JeCCDO works on education, health, water, sanitation and hygiene, urban agriculture through the approaches of bio-intensive gardening, environmental protection and promotion, livelihood promotion, child protection, community-based OVC care, capacity development of CBOs, social enterprise promotion and social accountability.


“To see resilient communities that ensures sustainable changes in the lives of children and youth”


“To empower communities that realizes the rights and opportunities of children and youth to reach their full potentials”

Core Values

Integrity, Accountability, Entrepreneurial Thinking and Inclusiveness



The program focus of JeCCDO is on the selection and implementation of few and sustainable interventions. JeCCDO will be founded on the following FOUR program frameworks and targets.
Children and Youth Development
JeCCDO focuses on programs that promote change and growth of children and youth to meet their livelihoods, wellbeing and healthy development.
Social Innovation
JeCCDO will value more on innovation and entrepreneurship (social enterprise at CBO and JeCCDO level as well as individual business enterprises) in seeking new ways to respond to the social and economic challenges of vulnerable communities in sustainable manner.
Capacity Development and Social Protections
Enabling people, organizations, and systems to innovate and respond to needs and challenges is the other thematic focus area of JeCCDO programs and projects. In this case the capacities of community based organizations, partner government and civil society organizations and issues of social accountability and protection will be addressed and enhanced.
Humanitarian Responses
With the growing challenge of ongoing conflicts in the country, the growing climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic humanitarian needs are rising from time to time. JeCCDO takes a comprehensive approach to engage in emergency response including preparedness, immediate assistance and long‐term recovery of the communities to be affected.

Our Partners