During the month of February, we had the opportunity to partner with Assemblies of God Credit Union in a fundraising match called #LoveToLove! AGCU donates 10% of all of their annual earnings in support of educational programs, church plants and humanitarian efforts around the world. For #LoveToLove they were able to match $5,000 of all donations towards our Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Care Program (OVC) in Kore, Ethiopia.
Due to the wide-spread poverty in Kore, there are many parents who don’t have the ability or resources to care for their children. Because of this, parents who love their children are forced to give their sons and daughters up to government care. Our goal in OVC is to keep families together and prevent children from going to orphanages by coming alongside parents to help assist with the nutritional, medical, and educational needs of raising a child.
Through #LoveToLove we raised nearly $13,000! These funds will be going directly towards opening a second early childhood development center in Kore that will serve over 30 half-orphaned children. Next week, our Director of Global Operations, Stephanie Anderson, will begin the process of opening this new location by leading a group of educators to Ethiopia to begin training new teachers and staff!
We are so blessed by the generosity shown to us during #LoveToLove, and know that this development center will greatly impact countless families and the overall community of Kore, Ethiopia!