Hello all,

It’s 9:50 AM here in Shanto, Ethiopia and I received this wonderful email massage from our Board Member Lory Howlett which tells me that Friends of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (FOVC) officially starts its Child Sponsorship Program. FOVC’s Social Worker, Sharon Bonnett, brings uncountable effort to start this life changing program. I really thank Sharon and her dear husband pastor Brad and her children for this great work.

As you can see from my last post, life is very difficult for a child even with their parents here in Shanto and its surrounding areas. Every child is starving for food, clothing, shoes and medical and school supplies. One cannot even provide school supply for his own children with his small income, most of the time very, very below a dollar per day.  An other problem here in Shanto is that the average family size exceeds 7. Can you imagine how life is difficult for a family to care for its 7 children with smallest income, which is bellow a dollar per day?

Yesterday one of our little children came to me with tears in her eyes and told me that she hadn’t had her breakfast and lunch and she couldn’t follow her education. That was shocked my brain very much and pushed all of us to pray the Lord to help us to feed this small, little sweet child and here is the answer from our Mighty and much trusted Lord, Jesus Christ:

Hello Desalegn,

I want to let you, your staff, and the children know that US-FOVC is moving fast toward child sponsorship. Even though we haven’t completed the needed paperwork here in the U.S., we are going to start accepting sponsors immediately. Praise God! Please see our social worker, Sharon Bonnett’s, first request for sponsors below. She is a godly woman, led by the Lord, and I cannot wait to see what He is going to do through her good heart and her hard work.

Also, I’m not sure if I confirmed to you that Sharon’s husband, who is also a teaching pastor, will be joining Team Tasfa in Ethiopia. We now have two Spirit-led pastors who will be ministering to your pastors and church leaders.

We have also had a Christian therapist join Team Tasfa. If you become aware of any ways she can serve you, your staff or the children, please let me know.

With love, gratitude, eager anticipation and many blessings,

Hi team!

As you probably saw on Lory’s blog today, the sponsorship program is ready to get off the ground!

I am including below the email I sent to individuals who had previously contacted me with interest in sponsoring a child.  We have 57 children in need of sponsors.  My hope is that we can have about half of the children matched with sponsors before we travel in December (o.k., I’d really rather have them all matched!).  PLEASE help us get the word out and send any possible sponsors my way!

We will be running an “abridged” version of the sponsorship program until we arrive back in January.  This means that I will be collecting funds (instead of EFT’s or paypal) and we will wire the money as soon as it is available.  Also, we will not be facilitating any communication between the children/sponsors until January.

If you are interested in sponsoring a child, please let me know and I will be happy to match you with a child!  Please contact me at this email address.

Sharon Bonnett

Thank you for your interest in sponsoring a child through Friends of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (FOVC) in Shanto, Ethiopia. It is my great pleasure to announce that FOVC is ready to get the sponsorship program off the ground!

The past couple of months, FOVC has been in the process of developing the sponsorship program and anticipated beginning the sponsorship program in January 2011.  It has come to our attention that the need for sponsorships to begin is very urgent. FOVC is currently responsible for 57 orphaned children in Shanto.  Twenty-four of these children joined FOVC in mid-September after the local government, seeing the work done by FOVC, requested that these children be admitted into the program.  While we are thankful that the local government is supportive of FOVC’s projects and is seeking help for the children in their community, the admittance of 24 new children has placed a significant burden on FOVC. FOVC’s Executive Director, Desalegn Daka, reported that these children “need immediate support to sustain their lives.”  Because of this, we feel it is in the children’s best interest to begin the sponsorship program and not wait until after Team Tasfa travels in December.

All 57 children are in need of sponsors.  $35 a month will provide a child with food, clothing, education and medical care.  Sponsorships help children living in poverty begin to break the cycle of poverty and hunger through education As a sponsor, you will receive photos and biographical information of your child, and the opportunity to communicate with your child 3 times per year.  It is our hope that a long term relationship will develop between children and their sponsors.

Your tax-deductible gift will have immediate impact and will offer hope to a child desperately in need.  Please contact me for more information or to begin your sponsorship.

Seeking the best for children of Shanto,

Sharon Bonnett
FOVC Social Worker

“To reduce and break the cycle of poverty and to ensure that all orphans and vulnerable children grow up in safe, permanent foster families and have quality education and the help they need to be successful in life.”  -FOVC’s mission

I ask all of you to join us to break this hard and heavy yoke from the shoulders of my small children and help them to continue their education which I believe is hope for my children.

I have many million thanks for all of you for understanding the heaviness of poverty for my sweet children  and joining our effort to break the cycle of poverty and hunger!!!

Desalegn Daka

FOVC Ethiopia

Executive Director

Shanto, Ethiopia



Filed under FOVC Child Sponsorship Program


  1. Nicole

    My husband and I are very interested in sponsoring a child. We would like more information about the program and what is required. We have 4 children, our youngest was brought home from Ethiopia last May. Thank you.

  2. Also, I have many friends making dresses for the orphanage. Where do we send them?? I think we have at least 15 dresses so far… When is travel and how many dresses can you accept? (I don’t want to have people keep making them if don’t have room.)


    (friend of Paige from EOR)

  3. We are interested in sponsoring a child!!! We are definitely interseted in communiucation with our child, but understand if it takes a few months to happen. Please, please email me with details on how to make it happen and how it works!

    staci dot hopkin24 at gmail dot com

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