In Ethiopia, like other developing countries, household poverty is a major factor keeping many children out of school. Poor households often cannot afford to send their children to school or are forced to withdraw children out of school at early ages. Although primary school is free in Ethiopia, hidden costs such as food, exercise books, supplies, uniforms and shoes hinder poor households from sending their children to school. The situation gets even worst when the children become orphaned and the children from the destitute families and they cannot afford foods, let alone school uniforms, supplies and books and they often go without education.
Knowing that education is their chance to step out of the vicious poverty and become dignified happy individuals, Friends of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (FOVC) through its Helping Orphans Prosper through Education (H.O.P.E Child Sponsorship Program) provides the children with both basic needs and educational supports. To fulfill the children’s basic needs, FOVC provides hot nutritious meals ones per each school day through its School Feeding Program (SFP). To support the children’s education, FOVC provides the children with school supplies (like exercise books, pens and pencils), school uniforms, school fees, clothing and shoes, personal hygiene care materials and health care. This all in one package service which we call Seven in One Package Service helps the children to focus on their education and not worry about their basic needs and educational needs and improves their performance in school.
Thanks to the generous supports of sponsoring families and the people like you, FOVC could provide 150 new school uniforms to our Shanto children at the beginning of this academic year.
Here are the pictures of the children in their new school uniforms:
Through our experiences, we learned that providing school uniforms to the children improves the children’s and their guardians/parents psycho-social status and the children’s performance in school by eliminating feelings of social-economical barriers between children as a standard uniform leaves minimum space for signifying economical status. And it also improves the children’s behavior and conducts by reinforcing the academic setting.
What a visible difference! Thanks again for giving these children a chance for an education and a bright future and also a feeling of high psycho-social status for both the children and their guardians/parents!
Currently, we are raising funds for shoes through our funding partner for H.O.P.E Child Sponsorship Program and we seek your involvement as usual in our Shanto Shoes Project. For more information and details on our Shanto Shoes Project, please go to this link
Founder and Director, FOVC