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New School Uniforms!

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.

Children in their old tattered clothing

Children in their old tattered clothing

Children in their old tattered clothing

Children in their old tattered clothing

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:

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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.

Children in their new school uniforms

Children in their new school uniforms

Children in their new school uniforms

Children in their new school uniforms

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!

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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

Thanks!

Thanks!

Thanks again!!!

Desalegn Daka

Founder and Director, FOVC

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An Observable Difference You Made in Widows’ Live in Ethiopia

The initial dream of FOVC-Ethiopia is ensuring that all orphaned children grow up in safe, permanent family, with access to quality education and the help they need to be success in their life. To this end, FOVC-Ethiopia provides holistic support to the children through its HOPE Child Sponsorship Program. Children are provided with hot meal in each school day, educational materials, hygiene and health care supplies, school uniforms and shoes, school fees and many more.

But, in Shanto, many children are living in extreme poverty in one parent home. In most cases, mothers are raising 4-7 children alone. The only properties which are left for the entire family from the widows late husbands are land and small traditional huts and hence their only opportunity to keep their family together is agriculture and agriculture only. However, when the normal agricultural cycle disrupted by factors like scanty rain fall, seeds for the next harvesting period will gone & the ability of the widows to buy seeds with better output in reference with the escalation of price of the seeds that emanates from shortage of supply of the required amount of seeds in the market, faces great difficulty. To tighten the gap associated with such conditions so that to keep children from becoming full orphans, FOVC drawn strategy to address the widows in abject poverty. Among the strategies is accessing seed crops and fertilizers for the widows at the project intervention sites in Southern Ethiopia.

Trunge Oyda is one of the widows who was provided with improved seeds and fertilizers in the last crop planting season. Now her farmland is full of maize crop is ready for harvesting and meanwhile she was provided with seed of red beans to blind with the maize and it is growing very well.

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Turunge has been using some of the maize for food since it was matured and she will collect the remaining to keep in store for the future use. Red beans will be collected soon after the maize crop is collected.

Shubure Bachore is another widow who were provided with improved seeds and fertilizer. She said it was difficult for her to find money to buy improved seeds and fertilizers and my land was idle for long time. But with seeds and fertilizers which was provided by FOVC I could sow my whole land and thanks to Lord my children will not be hungry this year. She said she will harvest the product and will keep it in store for the future use. She has also prepared the land to plant red beans.

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Marta Buche is another widow who was included in this program. She has big and fertile land but high prices of fertilizer and improved seeds where a big problem for her. Through the program she was provided with enough fertilizer and seeds for her land. She says now I can feed my children without any worry for future. She also says she will collect the product and will keep in safe place for the future use.

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Another widow who was included in this program is Litishe. Her late husband left her a big, fertile land. But it was dream for her to buy fertilizers and improved seeds due to price escalation in the market. She used to plant not improved seeds without any fertilizer and her previous product was unsatisfactory and enough for two months only. But now she says with the fertilizer and the improved seeds, which FOVC provided, my life is changed. She said “I can collect tenfold product than before”.

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The following pictures show other widows and their products:

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W/ro Aster Anja in her farmland

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WOW, CDMA MODEM!

Thanks to our generous donors, we have got a CDMA Internet Modem which is 5 times faster than our dial up connection. Ashu Mobile & Electronics Center donated us a modem which costs 1300 to 1600 Eth Birr. This apparatus will solve our internet problem by five folders.

By using this apparatus we can keep our donors and members updated. In fast we couldn’t download pictures as much as possible. But now we can load many pictures to create awareness about FOVC and its orphans.

Thank you all for supporting FOVC to make a great different in the lives of poor orphans in South Ethiopia.

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