Many children in rural Ethiopia do not have the opportunity to attend school. Even though school is free to all children, poorer students frequently are turned away for lack of scholastic materials or a uniform. Indigenous organizations like our partner FOVC (Friends of Orphans and Vulnerable Children) exist to support and empower these poorer students on the margins of society. FOVC has been working hard with us to increase its capacity to help these vulnerable children, and has grown from just two children 10 years ago, to 216 sponsored children today, and many more unsponsored children on the waiting list.
Karime is one of the children who was recently sponsored and began attending FOVC’s Dale Center of H.O.P.E. FOVC community workers recently visited Karime’s home and had the opportunity to interview the family. Karime lives with her parents and two brothers. Because Karime’s father is currently unemployed with no regular income, life is very difficult for the family.
Karime’s mother is very proud of her daughter’s academic success; she is doing well in school and has been promoted to second grade. She is very mature and responsible for her age. FOVC’s social worker reminded the family of the importance of education, and encouraged the children to continue to work hard in school.
Karime is so fortunate to have a sponsor who lovingly supports her through letters and financial help. Thanks to her sponsor she is able to attend school with all the supplies she needs, and comes to FOVC’s Dale Center of H.O.P.E. six days a week to receive a hot meal, hygiene training, and academic tutoring. If you’re interested in investing in a child’s life through sponsorship please visit pwesponsorship.org.