- Ethiopia is five times the size of the UK. One of the poorest nations on earth (ranked 171/182) with a population of 84m
- From the north and running down the centre are the Abyssinian Highlands with peaks over 4000 metres. To the west of the chain the land drops to the grasslands of Sudan, to the east are the Somali region and deserts of the Afar. South of Addis Ababa, the land is dominated by the Rift Valley Lakes.
- The nation is torn by social, political and economic crises, hostility with its neighbours, the Eritrean war, corruption and a large divide between rich and poor
- PartnerAid has responded to the situation by meeting two fundamental needs: a children’s home as well as a support project to help impoverished children to make it through school.
New Life Development Project Faith Ministry (NLDP)
- New Life Development Project Faith Ministry (NLDP) is an NGO with local registration in Ethiopia. For 20 years NLDP has been providing for children from disadvantaged situations. The main focus is to help those who would have little chance for a good education because of poverty, persecution or other situations.
- NLDP provides a safe environment for 29 children where they can grow up in a peaceful area of Ethiopia and have a secure home. Eleven of them are in the NLDP home and 17, who have lost one or both parents, live with mothers or grandparents. Two are at University. They are enrolled in the local schools and it is the objective of the project to support them until they have completed grade 12 and possibly after that through university or vocational training. The children have performed well in the schools and a number have gone through to grade 12 and entered university. One has graduated recently as best student at his department. As children leave to go to university spaces for new children become available. Each child is sponsored while living in the project’s houses and if more sponsorship becomes available new children can be included.
- The seventeen children at home with mother or grandparents are provided with all the materials they need for their education, and some financial support to buy food. So far funds have come through general donation but now there is an urgent need to find sponsors for the children to continue their support.
- During the Summer holiday NLFM organises a camp lasting 4 – 6 weeks for the children from the project and if funds available as well as other children from a poor refugee community in Addis Ababa. The total number of children taken to the summer camps is about 20 – 40 children. During the summer camps, besides leisure and sport, the charity also organises lessons for the children in which they are taught subjects such as English language, writing and reading computer skills, drama, etc.
- It is the charity’s aim that these children will become good citizens in the future who will help their own people to come out of poverty and improve their lives spiritually, physically and economically. At present there are many vacancies available for well educated people, and those who graduate from University, especially in the rural areas. Instead of being indoctrinated by radical religious teachings, which is a growing trend especially in the Eastern part of the country as well as the Horn, they learn to live in love and with respect for those of different opinions and faiths.
- Hadis father had died in a country in the Horn of Africa where he was a refugee, during the civil war, so his mother returned home to Ethiopia – but with no support. Aged 4 yrs Hadis was sent to live with and work for his uncle looking after livestock. His aunt was cruel and made him sleep outside beside the cows and his uncle beat him with iron rods. But a kind lady from among his relatives brought Hadis to the project and he was able to attend school. He did well and was very good at soccer. He also learned fluent English from helpers at the home. Then he went on to University and after his degree got a job with an international publishing company. In his spare time he still comes to help at the Home looking after younger children. In the evenings he is learning accounting at Dire Dawa University (the pictures are of Hadis at different stages in his life)
- It would be great if you could consider sponsoring a child. If you do you will take a big part in aiding the child’s development and share in the joy of seeing the difference it makes and the advantages they gain in life.
Sponsorship for one child supported in the community is GBP 30 per month
Sponsorship for one child living in the NLDP home is GBP 75 per month