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Ethiopia is a strikingly beautiful mountainous country with a rich history and culture that dates back thousands of years. Unfortunately, today Ethiopia faces some very serious problems that particularly impact the nation’s youth. According to USAID, 4.5 million children in Ethiopia have lost one or both parents — 15 percent of the total child population. Sixteen percent of these children or about 800,000 lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. Ethiopia is one of the countries that has the most AIDS orphans in the world and there are an estimated 77,000 child-headed households due to parental death.

You can be a part of the solution to this sad problem. By sponsoring one child in an Ethiopian orphanage, you will ensure that child gets the medical care, food, shelter, education and love he or she needs.

World’s Children has a partnership with Bridge of Hope Children’s Village in Gondar, Ethiopia to provide support through our sponsorship program. There are 150 children at Bridge of Hope, all affected in some way by HIV/AIDS.

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Bridge of Hope is an unusual orphanage because it creates a homelike environment for the children. There are two apartment wings, one for boys and one for girls. Each wing has four apartments; housing 18-20 kids per unit. Within each apartment there are three bedrooms: two for the children and one for the house mother. The kids sleep in bunk beds, nine or ten kids to a room. The mother is a single woman – often she is widowed – who lives full-time in the apartment. Every apartment has a living room with a large dining table where the children all eat together.

Education is given a high priority and Bridge of Hope has its own elementary school. There are vocational programs available for the older children including a computer lab, woodworking and metal shop, small barbershop, dairy, and several very large gardens. Some of the older children have gone on to attend college at the nearby Gondar University.

For just $30 a month you can sponsor a child at Bridge of Hope Children’s Village.
You will gain the satisfaction of knowing you have taken one child’s sad story and helped to give it a happy ending. We will send you a photo of your child and information about their past history. Once a year you will receive a new color photo, a handwritten letter from your child telling you about themselves, and a progress report at the end of the school year informing you about his or her academic and social development.

Please contact us for more information about our sponsorship program in Ethiopia. You can sponsor a child from Ethiopia now by clicking the button below. Thanks!

Sponsor a Child from Ethiopia