Ethiopia is home to 6 million orphans. Of those, many live with birth relatives or in foster homes, and unable to attend school (which is free in Ethiopia), they must work to help with their families’ basic needs — food, clothing, a roof overhead. These kids wake up each day without access to the educational opportunities that would help them change their circumstances.
WACAP’s Stay-in-School project, in cooperation with the Ethiopian government, helps families meet these basic needs so that the children can stay in school … and just a couple months ago, WACAP’s Vice President of Adoptions Mary Moo and Ethiopia Program Manager Megan Nikiema returned from a trip to Ethiopia having witnessed the amazing impact of this project. In their words:
“A mother expressed her deep thanks. She and her child are HIV positive and before she received support, she shared that was very afraid of what would happen to her family. Now her child can stay in school…. One child stopped to thank us. She told us that her mother had a mental illness and her father had died recently, so the support was making a significant difference in her present and future.”
The lives of over 100 children were impacted in 2011 alone, thanks to our funders, including the International Foundation and the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, as well as the many individuals who support this life-changing effort.
We thank them on behalf of 11-year-old girl living with her grandmother who, using her wheelchair, now can attend school; the two children today attending a school for the deaf; the girl who has now been accepted into college; and on behalf of all the children and families whose futures they have brightened.
Below are some of the families touched by the Stay-in-School project. If you are interested in supporting this effort, click here.