Most orphans do not live in orphanages.
With nearly 6 million children orphaned in Ethiopia, the solution lies in strengthening families and communities to care for these children within the local households. Often a grandmother, aunt, neighbor or older sibling struggle to care for young children. Food is often scarce and school fees difficult to come by.
Family capacity is increased through participation in our Thrive Together program. Struggling households work in peer groups to set goals that will increase healthy habits, literacy and school enrollment and ultimately have an income generating activity. Over time, with knowledge and support, these households progress from a state of crisis to stability and hope in the care of their families.
Does y=mx + b (or another algebraic equation) bring you to tears? How about H2OCL2 (a chemical compound name) or “Never end a sentence with a preposition?” Perhpas you recall when these teachings brought you tears of frustration, but do you recall them bringing tears of joy and humble gratitude?
Hope Arising and Dr. Chet Jenkins’ family purchased $450 worth of textbooks, all written in native Oromifa, and presented them to the Dera Middle School (Grades 5-8). The entire school greeted our team by clapping and singing. Speeches were made by the school director and the PTA president. But above the noise of clapping, singining and talking, tears of gratitude that silently streamed down students’ cheeks rang out to the Hope Arising team.
These children know that education is key to rising above their challenges and securing a better life. Parents encourage their children to study hard. Students take advantage of the meager opportunities presented to them. All sacrifice whatever is necessary to go to school and learn.
One dollar goes so far towards educating children in Dera, Ethiopia. We were honored to present textbooks to such an eager, humble, appreciative group of children as algebraic equations, chemical compounds and grammar rulesbrought tears of joy to eager students’ eyes.