There is an orphan crisis in Ethiopia. Currently, there are over 4,500,000 orphans in Ethiopia, and families and communities struggle immensely to provide these children with the support they need. As a result of poverty and famine, 44% of children have stunted development due to poor nutrition and just 40% of children complete primary school.
OUR VISION FOR THE FUTURE
Our current Child Advocacy Team in Ethiopia will launch a regional Child Advocacy Center and focus on the following initiatives based on our new Child Advocacy Model. With this regional center as a hub, it’s our goal to:
PREVENT Expand family preservation opportunities by 250 percent so that 19,500 children never enter an orphanage.
PROVIDE Implement Caregiver Training Programs and provide emergency medical support to orphanages in crisis.
PREPARE Provide vocational training and university scholarships for orphans aging out of institutions so that 640 children are prepared to successfully transition to independence each year.
POLICY Confront corruption in partnership with government officials to create a process that supports ethical adoption. As a result, 9,000 orphans in Sub-Sahara Africa will have a path to family through adoption. Additionally, we’re working to unite over 50 NGOs to create a regionally unified, strategic Child Advocacy plan.
With the official closing of inter-country adoption, AGCI is continuing to support kids within the country through critical support services. As many agencies pack their bags, we know our hands and our hearts are needed now more than ever! Support these children by becoming a sponsor.
We believe every child, regardless of their circumstances, deserves to find true connection, healing, and love…
When 2-year-old Sifen arrived at Foten, the home AGCI is working with in Ethiopia, she was weak and despondent, still recovering from a surgical error that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Sifen’s health was fragile at best when she received the additional diagnosis of hydrocephalus. Without emergency surgery to drain the fluids around her brain, Sifen had little hope of survival.
And then, something amazing happened—almost overnight, donations and messages of love and hope flooded in. Through His grace and the generosity of AGCI supporters, Sifen’s surgery is now fully funded! Sifen has since undergone life saving surgery and is happily recovering thanks to the loving, elevated care, nutritious food, and essential therapies provided by dedicated sponsors. This care saved Sifen’s life!