Here in Oregon were busy putting the final touches on our big event “Lights of Hope” auction. Many of our projects this year will be funded by the generosity of our guests. Lauren, our Partner & Projects Chair shares this update for our future projects.
Lola Children’s Home
Lola Children’s Home’s mission is to raise money to provide housing, medical and educational services for HIV-positive orphans and foster children in Ethiopia. Lola is located in Mekele, in northern Ethiopia’s Tigray region. Lola was founded because Tigray had no services available for HIV-positive orphans, many of whom are left without family or government support after their parents’ deaths. Many children live on the streets, receiving no food, shelter, education or medicine to help them combat the disease. EOR was thrilled to supply the children of LOLA with new beds, mattresses, sheets and blankets in 2010. Plans for 2011-12 include purchasing the organization a reliable vehicle to help with transport, shopping, and ease of access to urgent medical care. . EOR Board members and supporters plan travel to Lola in November 2011.
Lauren helping a child learn the sport of riding a bike in Harar
For two decades, SOS Enfants Ethiopie (SOSEE) has committed itself to provide humanitarian services to orphans and vulnerable children who are leading their lives under difficult circumstances. Specifically, SOSEE aims to provide these children with basic needs, psychosocial support, medical, academic and vocational education with the goal of enabling them to be self-reliant individuals. This large organization now supports 18 satellite orphanages throughout Ethiopia, as well as 3 main orphanages in Addis Ababa, A current total of 657 children are supported. SOSEE’s programs are varied and include community outreach, farming, job training, and a premier medical program that cares for HIV positive children. In 2009 EOR stocked a newly built medical clinic with essential equipment and supplies. A new playground was completed for the children in Akaki orphanage and EOR Board members hand delivered toys to a SOSEE Harar satellite orphanage In December of 2009. In 2011-12 EOR hopes to raise money needed to purchase an ambulance transport vehicle that will ensure safe transport for ill children from satellite orphanages to Addis Ababa where they will receive much needed support from skilled medical staff. EOR Board members and supporters plan travel to SOSEE in 11-2011.
Friends of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (FOVC) is working in one of the poorest zones in southern Ethiopia with a mission to educate and support orphans, vulnerable children, and widows in Ethiopia.
FOVCʼs goal is to end the cycle of hunger and poverty for these children by providing quality education, food, shelter, and medical assistance. In 2010 EOR was proud to donate significant financial support enabling the construction to start on a large, well designed orphanage compound. This project includes sleeping areas, bathrooms, and kitchen facilities. EOR has pledged continued financial support in order to complete the structure as soon as possible. Other supported projects included the “Widows Hope Project”, purchase of 67 hen/rooster couplets and livestock. Malaria is a concern in this area and multiple EOR sponsored fundraisers hope to raise money for life saving Mosquito nets. EOR is thrilled to have them as a partner and look forward to supporting their groundbreaking work in southern Ethiopia. EOR Board members and supporters plan travel to FOVC in November 2011.
Childrenʼs Heaven is dedicated to improving the lives of Orphaned and vulnerable girls who have lost one or both parents to AIDS. Its mission is to embrace, empower and minimize these girls’ socio-economic vulnerability. At Children’s Heaven the girls acquire skills, and knowledge, that help them develop the confidence and self-reliance needed to live healthy productive adult lives. Children’s Heaven strives to help meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the 100 girls that are benefiting daily from this amazing program. In 2009, EOR provided a long term rental home where the girls are currently meeting. In 2010 EOR raised $20,000 for this project jump starting a feeding program that ensures these girls get 1 nutritious meal per day. EOR also helped finance a library for their use. Future projects include helping them find, purchase and move to a permanent home. EOR Board members and supporters plan travel to Children’s Heaven in November 2011.
WATER FIRST INTERNATIONAL= ETHIOPIA
Water 1stʼs mission is to serve families in the poorest communities in the world as they implement community-managed projects that provide a water supply, sanitation, and health education. 85% of the total population of the country live in rural areas. Health indicators demonstrate that Ethiopia has serious problems in the area of health care and disease prevention. Water and sanitation-related diseases, particularly diarrhea, are among the top three causes of death in the country. Only 11% of the rural population has access to safe drinking water, and many people survive on a strict ration of less than five liters of water per day. The work of Water 1st in Ethiopia is focused on the West Showa zone where less than 10% of the population has access to safe water and even fewer have access to improved sanitation. In 2010, at $10,000 donation from EOR was put to work in Kelecho Gerbi, Ethiopia, a community of 4,085 people who struggle each day to meet their daily need for water. This well is almost completed and will provide, 8 community taps and 50 latrines. This project will supply a lifetime of clean, safe water and sanitation for the people of this area. EOR feels water projects are fundamental to our mission and will continue to fund similar projects in the future.
Lauren, Project & Partner Chair