H.O.P.E Child Sponsorship Program:
H.O.P.E. is an acronym that stands for Helping Orphans Prosper through Education. For many children in Ethiopia, education is a luxury that is simply out of reach. The lack of access to a quality education creates an ongoing cycle of poverty. Research indicates that poor children, and particularly orphans, are generally more vulnerable to a range of risks than children living with both parents. In Ethiopia alone, it is estimated that about 4.6 million children are orphans. For most of these children a quality education is only imaginary.
To address these problems, FOVC is implementing the H.O.P.E Child Sponsorship Program in three districts in Southern Ethiopia: Shanto, Dale, and Boricha. The program aims to empower orphans and vulnerable children who are committed to academics, but whose life circumstances put them at risk of not pursuing their education. The general objective of the program is to provide holistic support to the children to meet their basic needs so that they can start and continue their education. This integrated approach includes a hot meal or food stipend fund, school supplies, school uniforms, school fees, hygiene care materials and training, and medical care. The children attend the Centers of H.O.P.E. located in each district. Each center is staffed by a program manager, a social worker, a nurse, and some cooks. The staff plays a significant role as mentors in the children’s lives.