Orphaned & Vulnerable Children Care

Community-based care
for Orphans in Kore, Ethiopia

The Solution

In 2018, I Pour Life launched the Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Care program (OVC) in Kore, Ethiopia, to help ensure orphaned children are adequately cared for and have the ability to thrive.

The Problem

Rising numbers of children in Ethiopia are suffering due to the loss of their parents from disease and extreme levels of poverty that leave their extended families unable to care for their basic needs. These children are affected by malnutrition, have reduced or no access to education or healthcare, are forced into child labor, and are often homeless. The government has two classifications for these children: Orphaned and Half Orphaned.

Half orphans are children who are at risk of being sent to government orphanages because their only parent cannot afford to care for them. Orphans are children who have lost both parents and their extended families have relinquished parental rights.

The Problem

Rising numbers of children in Ethiopia are suffering due to the loss of their parents from disease and extreme levels of poverty that leave their extended families unable to care for their basic needs. These children are affected by malnutrition, have reduced or no access to education or healthcare, are forced into child labor, and are often homeless. The government has two classifications for these children: Orphaned and Half Orphaned.

Half orphans are children who are at risk of being sent to government orphanages because their only parent cannot afford to care for them. Orphans are children who have lost both parents and their extended families have relinquished parental rights.

The Solution

In 2018, I Pour Life launched the Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Care program (OVC) in Kore, Ethiopia, to help ensure orphaned children are adequately cared for and have the ability to thrive.

Keeping Families Together

We are not starting another orphanage. Our goal is to keep families together and prevent children from going to orphanages by providing economic training to single moms who have listed their child as a half orphan. Full orphans will be immersed into our early childhood development center as we come alongside their guardians for family development.

Through our program, we are creating ways for children to stay connected with adults who love them but who may need help providing for them due to extreme levels of poverty. Our approach creates opportunities for family members and guardians to provide for their children, reducing the number of children given up for adoption or living on the streets and keeping them together as a family unit.

Keeping Families Together

We are not starting another orphanage. Our goal is to keep families together and prevent children from going to orphanages by providing economic training to single moms who have listed their child as a half orphan. Full orphans will be immersed into our early childhood development center as we come alongside their guardians for family development.

Through our program, we are creating ways for children to stay connected with adults who love them but who may need help providing for them due to extreme levels of poverty. Our approach creates opportunities for family members and guardians to provide for their children, reducing the number of children given up for adoption or living on the streets and keeping them together as a family unit.

Sustainable Goals

We are starting with 50 children in 2018, but our ultimate goal is to reduce the number of children given up for adoption or living on the streets of Kore. We’ll achieve this goal by supporting the orphaned children through our early childhood development center and their relatives or guardians by creating job opportunities through our Women’s Economic Empowerment Program that will allow families to become self-sufficient.

How it Works

During the day, children will come to the I Pour Life compound in Kore and receive educational and medical support, clothing, and, most of all, love and encouragement from our staff that will help them grow not just physically, but also emotionally and socially. If they’re of school age, we’ll help make sure they are prepared for school and have everything they need to succeed, including school uniforms and supplies, a protein-rich lunch, and scholarships for school tuition. At night, every child will go home to be with their family.

How it Works

During the day, children will come to the I Pour Life compound in Kore and receive educational and medical support, clothing, and, most of all, love and encouragement from our staff that will help them grow not just physically, but also emotionally and socially. If they’re of school age, we’ll help make sure they are prepared for school and have everything they need to succeed, including school uniforms and supplies, a protein-rich lunch, and scholarships for school tuition. At night, every child will go home to be with their family.

Sustainable Goals

We are starting with 50 children in 2018, but our ultimate goal is to reduce the number of children given up for adoption or living on the streets of Kore. We’ll achieve this goal by supporting the orphaned children through our early childhood development center and their relatives or guardians by creating job opportunities through our  Women’s Economic Empowerment Program that will allow families to become self-sufficient.

Community-based care for Orphans in Kore, Ethiopia

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Support a Child

puts food on the table for our children in orphan prevention.

helps scholarship a child to go to school and receive an education.

 

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