Project Title: Sponsorship of HIV Affected Youth in Gullele and Shiromeda, Ethiopia
Project Summary: The purpose of this grant is to sponsor the health, nutrition, and educational needs of thirty-two children from the community of Gullele and village of Shiromeda in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The yearly cost required to care for a HIV/AIDS orphan is US$300. This provides food, housing related costs, medical, clothing and school expenses for one year.
Hope for Children's mission is to care and support orphaned and vulnerable children, and promote strong and economically self-sufficient care-givers/families in Ethiopia through strengthening community’s capacity providing psycho-social support, advocacy and awareness rising, towards enabling them become productive, responsible and empowered citizens. Hope for Children Organization (HFC) focuses on providing outreach services and counseling to HIV affected children and families. Currently the organization runs eight group homes for HIV orphans, a hospice, a weekend sports program for youth, a performing arts program, and education and awareness activities using cultural methods like having a coffee cermony among women in the community and using it as forum to create dialogue about HIV.
Hope For Children Organization has been a grant recipient of Ananda Foundation since 2006. These grants have provided sponsorships for over thirty children and youth and six educational scholarships for young adults affected by HIV and disability. One of the students whom we sponsored for education (Mr. Wondosen) has graduated from his nursing diploma program and is volunteering at the hospice for AIDS patients operated by Hope for Children. Another education scholarship recipient (Mr. Abel Ayelew) is attending vocational school for the visually impaired in the United States.