Help One Now is supporting orphan prevention & family empowerment projects in partnership with the Kidmia Foundation in Gunchire & Wolaita Sodo.
These projects focus on education, health care, micro-enterprise, family preservation, family reunification, and spiritual development to keep vulnerable children WITH their families.
THE HELP ONE NOW APPROACH
Help One Now empowers families, through economic intiatives and training opportunities . Our Family Empowerment Program shifts the narrative; it helps keep struggling families together, and breaks cycles of poverty.
THE LOCAL LEADER
Aschalew Abebe – is the Ethiopia Director for Kidmia, an organization committed to see orphaned and vulnerable children released from physical, economic, and spiritual poverty and enjoy life to its fullest. Aschalew, who has a Master’s Degree in community development and has studied in Germany and South America, has been influential in helping many children receive holistic and sustainable care in Ethiopia. And he LOVES macchiatos!
We are currently partnering with Aschalew through our child sponsorship program to improve the lives of families and provide opportunities for children in Gunchire, an extremely impoverished community.
Ethiopia, claimed by many as the birthplace of humanity, is Africa’s oldest independent nation. Never colonized by a European power, the culture and history of Ethiopia is rich and fascinating. The people of this great country in the Horn of Africa are beautiful, proud, and full of love. Yet, as a nation, Ethiopia is only one generation removed from crippling drought, famine and a violent and oppressive Communist revolution. As in many parts of Africa, HIV/AIDS has taken it’s toll and over 50% of the population are under age of 18.
There are 4.5 million orphans in Ethiopia; 31% of the population live on less that $1.25/day; and only 1 in 7 children participate in secondary school. Gunchire, Ethiopia, a predominantly Muslim rural town a few hours southwest of Addis Ababa, is a harsh and difficult place to live. HIV/AIDS is prevalent. The exploitation of women and children, including sex and labor trafficking, is customary. The education system is poor, and unhealthy marriage practices — including older men with girls as young as 10, polygamy, rape, female circumcision, etc. — are commonplace.
Population: 91.73 million (46.35 million under age of 18)
Area: 435,200 sq mi
Year of Independence: Africa’s oldest independent country, Ethiopia was never colonized by a European power.
PEOPLE IN ETHIOPIA
- 55% youth literacy rate; 39% adult literacy rate
- 15.6% secondary school participation
- 59 year life expectancy (up 12 years from 1990)
- 840,000 people living with AIDS
- 49% of population using improved drinking water sources
POVERTY IN ETHIOPIA
Pop. Living In Poverty: 30.7% living on less than US $1.25/day
Orphan Pop.: 4,500,000 (have lost one or both parents due to all causes)
HIGH RISKS IN ETHIOPIA
- Girls from Ethiopia’s rural areas are exploited in domestic servitude & prostitution within the country, while boys are subjected to forced labor in weaving, herding, guarding & street vending.
- 2016 Trafficking In Persons Report, Ethiopia
THE COMMUNITIES WHERE WE WORK
Wolaita Sodo, Ethiopia, a predominantly Muslim rural town a few hours south of Addis Ababa, is a harsh and difficult place to live. HIV/AIDS is prevalent. The exploitation of women and children, including sex and labor trafficking, is customary. The education system is poor, and unhealthy marriage practices — including older men with girls as young as 10, polygamy, rape, female circumcision, etc. — are commonplace.
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