Hello! I’m Megan Cook-Nikiema, WACAP’s Africa Programs Supervisor. I love this time of year–over the last few weeks I’ve been receiving back to school pictures of children who have come home from Ethiopia and joined families. I’ve loved seeing how these kids have grown, and it makes me smile to think of what they’ll learn and the friends they’ll make.
Sadly, though, when I think of these children and the excitement this time of year brings, I can’t help but think of Ethiopian children who might not have the same opportunities. You see, for many impoverished children in Ethiopia, school is an unattainable luxury. Many orphaned children are able to live with relatives but must work or beg rather than going to school, to help support their family. Without financial help, these children will never see the inside of a school and may even be relinquished or abandoned into orphanage care.
That’s where a project that’s very dear to my heart comes in. WACAP’s Stay-in-School Project prevents abandonment and allows families to stay together while children go to school. The small monthly subsidies provided to Ethiopian families assure that basic needs can be met while children attend school. Each year, WACAP must raise nearly $30,000 for the current program and we’re hoping to do more.
Through my travels in Ethiopia, I’ve learned what a beautiful country it is, but I’ve also seen poverty firsthand. I know that a little can go a long way for the children left behind. We’re asking WACAP families, friends and supporters to join together to help these children. A one-time or monthly gift will sustain our current program and help expand our reach to more children in need.
Please join us to help children in Ethiopia by clicking the button below.