A group of individuals from diverse social, economic and religious backgrounds gathered and discussed about the socioeconomic problems of street mothers and children of Ethiopia as well as the responsibility of every citizen in the country to pave the way for poverty alleviation. These dedicated individuals, thus, gave birth to MCMDO (formerly called Welfare for the Street Mothers and Children Organization, WeSMCO). MCMDO is an indigenous, non-governmental, not-for-profit, humanitarian organization founded in 1997. The organization was called WeSMCO until recently but due to the broadened thematic areas of the organization, it was renamed as Mothers and Children Multisectoral Development Organization (MCMDO) in the year 2009 and registered as Ethiopian resident charity and re-registered under the Charities and Societies proclamation 1113/2019 with registration number of 0022.
Alleviating the problems of street children and mothers, making every effort to provide them with basic social and economic infrastructures including access to basic health services and educational facilities was the mission of the organization during its establishment. The organization gave specific emphasis to mothers and children who are in need of help. MCMDO believes that, if mothers and their children are economically fit and healthy, there will not be a problem called streetism. The motto, which first inspired MCMDO, was “one birr from one million people per month is one million birr per month”. If the community put their hands together, MCMDO believes that poverty, can be halted.
When the organization started its work, its main focus was on streetism prevention and rehabilitation.
Since its establishment, MCMDO had successfully implemented more than 200 different projects. In 2019, MCMDO is implementing 30 projects in more than 179 woredas and four refugee camps in the country. As of October 2019, MCMDO has an active presence with different projects under implementation in Tigray, Afar, Oromia, Gambela, Benshangul Gumuz, Somali, Harari regions, and Addis Ababa City Administrations. However, MCMDO has long lasting experience in Amhara and Benishangul Gumuz regions. For the last 22 years of service, MCMDO has reached and benefited more than seven million beneficiaries.
MCMDO’s head office is located in Addis Ababa and has more than 22 branch/coordination offices in the target regions/city administrations.
MCMDO works on two programs, namely “Development Program” and “Humanitarian Response Program”. The thematic interventions of MCMDO are for both programmes are;
Since the Charities and Societies proclamation was revised, MCMDO had added two additional thematic areas;