In July of 2015 we visited AHOPE, an orphanage for 205 HIV children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They’re doing everything right, and one of the most important thing they do is working to keep families intact.
During our visit we met Ashebir Kifetew, who is HIV positive. His father was a solider who died in action, and when his mother died in an accident his oldest brother took guardianship of his three younger siblings, including Ashebir.
With a microfinance loan from the orphanage, the family of children built a weaving business to support themselves. Ashebir is now in the 11th grade and wants to become a doctor so he can help others with chronic illnesses like his.
The orphanage is struggling financially, with of the main costs $75,000 a year to rent their buildings and homes. We learned that with a matching grant of $200,000 we can help them to build a new campus all in one place and rent-free. Once completed, the elimination of the annual rental cost will enable them to help kids like Ashebir for years to come.
This Project is not fully funded. Need: $50,000.