Project 1: Addis Abeba
Our first and oldest project: In caring for 11 orphans, it was most important to us that they could find a sense of security again, a new home. 6 foster families took in the children in their midst, and in return we supported them for 3 years with food, school materials, clothing, etc. By securing the basic needs of the whole family, we give not only the orphans but all children a real chance for basic education (after all, who learns well on a growling stomach?) and the foster parents the opportunity to plan for the future.
Several purchases have been made possible thanks to your support: a deep fryer, a hob, a washing machine, a fridge, even a small shop has been opened. As a result, the foster families have been earning their own livelihoods since January 2019. Since then, the association’s funds can be invested in savings accounts for the children.
Project 2: Bahar Dar
In Bahar Dar we support single mothers with 6 more children. This is, so to speak, an extension of our project in Addis, which means that we are mainly securing their existential minimum and equip the children with school material. We also hope for the mothers to be able to secure their independence through this help.
Project 3: Tulu Bolo
“When children grow, the whole village blossoms!”
In a village near Tulu Bolo, 300 people live, more than half of them children. Their access to water is a river, an hour’s walk away (or 2 hours round trip). Bermeji, the representative of the village, contacted us during an event of our association in the capital.
Since our first projects are performing so nicely, we decided to offer support here as well. One of the founders of our association, Ephrem Baye, is currently clarifying what this means for the village community. We have also made contact with associations that have successfully implemented projects to build infrastructure (e.g. wells and cisterns) and hope to learn from their experience. Besides the urgent problem of water supply, this project is also about creating access to education. A large part of the population is under 18 years of age (90 children are under 11). Very few have the opportunity to regularly go to the nearest school, which is more than 1h30 away on foot.