ETHIOPIA

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

ONE CHILD

When we sponsor a child, we work as hard as possible to ensure that our sponsored kids today will never need a sponsorship program for their children. This is what we believe breaking the cycle of extreme poverty practically looks like.

ONE FAMILY

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. 

ONE COMMUNITY

We serve in some of the poorest communities in the world. When we partner with local leaders in these communities we have a far better chance of creating sustainable efforts that will ultimately end extreme 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.

THE REALITY

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.

ABOUT ETHIOPIA

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

Education:

  • 55% youth literacy rate; 39% adult literacy rate
  • 15.6% secondary school participation

Health:

  • 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

Trafficking

  • 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

GUNCHIRE

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.

WOLAITA SODO

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.

THE FUTURE

We have gained over 400 sponsorships in the Gunchire community, and continue to prove the effectiveness of the orphan care and orphan prevention models working hand in hand in a community. We hope to take what we learn and accomplish in Gunchire and apply it to other communities in Ethiopia and other countries as well.

ETHIOPIA UPDATES

Investing in the Mammas

Last month all of the house moms were able to attend a special training seminar about childcare practices. This training served as a collaborative time to address the challenges of being a mom, and give support and encouragement to all of the incredible...

Shooting for the Stars

"Every child deserves a family." These are the words and motto of Aschalew Abebe and his team in Ethiopia. They work tirelessly to support the local community by empowering families to thrive. Their empowerment program creates ripple effects outward into the entire...

Reintroducing Chaltu

A few months ago, we introduced you to Chaltu while on our #LoveHopeEthiopia trip. Here's an update! When Chaltu first opened her shop after completing the Family Empowerment Program in Wolaita Sodo, she was just selling regular goods in her store. Then, she branched...