Because of YOU, 450 kids are in school! IMG_5100 Partners With Ethiopia supports two sponsorship programs. The Dale and Shanto Centers of H.O.P.E. each have 150 children. Between them there are around 75 kids who are still unsponsored. Sponsorship covers the cost of all the school supplies and uniforms the sponsored kids need for school, but because the unsponsored kids are not receiving services, their families must purchase supplies for them. For families living in severe poverty this is a tremendous hardship. Many of these unsponsored children would not be able to attend school.

There is a third village, Boricha, where FOVC hopes to expand its sponsorship program in the future. 150 children have already been profiled in Boricha, but are not currently receiving any assistance. This year Boricha was hit incredibly hard by famine. Not only do families not have enough money to purchase school supplies, they are struggling to provide their children with the most basic necessities. FOVC recognized the need and approached us to help send the 150 Boricha children to school this year.

All this translates to around 225 children who do not have the support of sponsorship to help them get an education. In early August, when we began fundraising, raising enough money to purchase scholastic materials and uniforms for 225 kids seemed like an almost unattainable goal. We did a LOT of praying! So many of you helped by sharing our fundraiser with your friends, and a $1,500 matching donation really got the ball rolling. Within 24 hours, ALL the matching funds had been matched, and just a few days after that our goal was met! It was amazing (and a lot of fun!) to see how quickly the need was met. God is so good, and our donors are amazing – because of you, 450 kids are now in school!

Yesterday we received photos of some of the children with their new school supplies, which were all purchased locally in Ethiopia. They are so happy and proud, and so are we! Thank you so much for all the ways in which you helped: donating, helping to spread the word, and praying. You have made a huge difference in the lives of so many children. Thank you!

A few of the children in Dale show off their new supplies.

A few of the children in Dale show off their new supplies.

Interested in sponsoring one of our waiting children? Please visit – your sponsored child will receive services such as a hot meal six days a week, hygiene care, medical care, and after school tutoring.



Perfect Attendance + A Love Of Books = SUCCESS!

This certificate means a lot to young people in Ethiopia!

This certificate means a lot to young people in Ethiopia!

There are few better ways to start the day than by getting a great progress report about one of our sponsored kids. Eighth grader Ashebir W. recently received a passing score on his eighth grade regional exam. Only kids who pass the eighth grade exam are eligible to enroll in high school. To put this in perspective, in Ethiopia, just 15% of young people attend high school. We are so proud of Ashebir! He said the exam was very difficult and he was so excited to find out he passed. Ashebir thanks God for all the good things that have happened in his life.


FOVC staff interviewed Ashebir’s teachers to find out what contributed to his success. We know that his participation in FOVC’s H.O.P.E. Child Sponsorship Program has provided the materials, nutrition, tutoring, and school fees that helped him succeed, but the real star is Ashebir himself. His teachers say that he has had perfect attendance in school, and spends much of his free time reading. A supportive family and involved community workers from FOVC have provided lots of encouragement to Ashebir along the way.

Ashebir is pictured with Mebratu Thomas, FOVC's Program Manager.

Ashebir is pictured with Mebratu Thomas, FOVC’s Program Manager.

Without the continued support of his sponsor, Ashebir’s story would have unfolded very differently. Sponsorship makes all the difference in the world to these kids!



Motorbikes For The Win!



This path to the left is accessible only on foot or by motorbike, and leads to many of the homes visible in the distance.

This path to the left is accessible only on foot or by motorbike, and leads to many of the homes visible in the distance.

Back in March our leadership team traveled to Ethiopia and was blessed to have a lot of great conversation with FOVC staff. We wanted to make a home visit, so we rented a van. As we made our way through beautiful but rugged terrain, down a potholed dirt road, through gigantic puddles, across ditches and grassy fields, we began to wonder how on earth FOVC staff made these visits to over 200 sponsored kids on a regular basis! It took so much time and energy just to get to one home.

Horse carts (and children!) wait for passengers in Shanto

Horse carts (and children!) wait for passengers in Shanto.

FOVC staff told us sometimes they walked, sometimes they paid to ride on a horse cart, and sometimes they rented a motorbike. We asked them if it would be wise to purchase a motorbike, and they told us that with the money they have spent over the years to rent a bike they could have easily purchased a motorbike, but they never had enough funding all at once to be in a position to purchase one.

The terrain is rugged and beautiful!

The terrain is rugged and beautiful!

We tucked this information away in our heads, and the wheels began turning! Within a few weeks of returning from our trip, a generous donor came forward and offered to pay for two motorbikes, one for each program site. FOVC staff were overjoyed to learn of this donation. After long months waiting for government approval, this morning we received word that FOVC has the bikes in their possession, and they sent us these wonderful pictures!


Dale Center of H.O.P.E. staff proudly show off their new motorbike.


Shanto Center of H.O.P.E. staff are also excited about their new bike!

FOVC staff work so hard to stay connected to our sponsored kids and their families. In an area where few people have access to a phone, these bikes are going to revolutionize FOVC’s home visits! Partners With Ethiopia and FOVC extend our most heartfelt thanks to the donor who learned of this need and stepped in to help.

Interested in learning about other needs FOVC has? We have a wishlist posted on our website here!


A Summer Home Visit

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 at the Dale Center of H.O.P.E.

Karime at the Dale Center of H.O.P.E.

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 with her mother and brothers, and FOVC social worker Tesfaye Kensa

Karime with her mother and brothers, and FOVC social worker Tesfaye Kensa

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



Sustainable Income Generating Opportunities

Last fall Partners With Ethiopia raised over $20,000 for FOVC’s Widow’s Hope Crops Project. Through this project 71 widows were given training, tools, improved seed and fertilizer. Because of the training and capital the women received, they were able to grow and harvest much more bountiful crops than in previous years, enabling them not only to feed their families a better diet, but also to generate income as they sold the excess produce in the market.

Tore is one of the beneficiary widows of the Crops Project. FOVC staff recently checked in with her and were delighted with what they discovered. Tore explained that she used to dream of sending her children to school, but could never afford to purchase the supplies they needed. She said that because her harvest was so good, her children are now able to attend school and have all the necessary scholastic materials.  Tore was also able to purchase a cow with the income she received from selling her crops in the market. She is hoping to soon be running two of her own businesses; selling vegetables and breeding and selling livestock.

Way to go Tore, we are so proud of you! Thank you to all the generous donors who made this project possible.

Tore proudly shows off her new cow.

Tore proudly shows off her new cow.


Awards Encourage Kids

The school year may have wrapped up for our children in Ethiopia, but FOVC’s role doesn’t end just because school is on break. Sponsored children continue to come to the Center of H.O.P.E. six days a week for their daily hot meal, use of the bathing facilities, summer tutoring, and fun games and activities.

In order to encourage the children to excel academically, FOVC presents awards to high achievers at the end of each school year. All sponsored children and their parents are invited to the awards party. The children are encouraged to do their best. They are congratulated for their hard work, and the parents are encouraged to continue to support their child’s academic efforts.

Girum receives his award from site coordinator Tesema Kuma

Girum receives his award from site coordinator Tesema Kuma

This year Girum made great improvements in his studies. Girum has been at the Dale Center of H.O.P.E. since the very beginning. He worked hard this past year and attended tutorial classes at the Center of H.O.P.E. He asked lots of questions to better understand the material. Community workers also encouraged Girum and followed his academic performance closely through home visits. All his hard work paid off. Girum performed better academically than he ever has before, and has certainly earned his award!

Girum and friends in a less serious moment

Girum and friends in a less serious moment

Our sponsored children receive all the support they need to attend school: things like uniforms, pens, notebooks and other scholastic materials. We still have many unsponsored children who will not be getting this support. FOVC’s Shanto and Dale Centers of H.O.P.E. have around 75 unsponsored children between them. FOVC also has a third site, Boricha, where 150 children have been profiled for sponsorship. This means there are around 225 children who will not have the supplies they need to attend school this coming year. We have begun a fundraiser on their behalf. Please consider a one-time gift to this fund. $10 will purchase scholastic materials for one child; $20 will purchase a uniform.

Give a gift to our unsponsored children’s education fund here.



A Visit With Ermias


Raising a child isn’t an occasional responsibility. Children in all parts of the world need daily advice, guidance, and encouragement to truly thrive. FOVC arranges home visits with its charges to stop in, say hi, and see how they’re doing. We’re thrilled to say our latest home visit host, Ermias Engeda, is succeeding in more ways than we could hope for.

One of the children who has been in the program since the establishment of Shanto Center of H.O.P.E., Ermias has been getting all the benefits of sponsorship: hot meals, hygiene supplies, scholastic materials and other incidentals, and of course an education. On that last front, Ermias is succeeding with flying colors.

During FOVC’s visit, they got a sense of Ermias’ sheer intelligence, and they describe him as nothing short of brilliant. He’s accepted a number of academic awards from school, and he also recently took the national exam for grade 10 students.


Ermias with a letter from his sponsor. Receiving mail from their sponsors is a joyous occasion for our sponsored kids!

Awaiting the results of the exam, Ermias enjoys his spare time by playing football (soccer to Americans) with his friends around the neighborhood. He’s also reading lots of books to feed his curiosity and keep up with world events.

Finally, it’s important to note that Ermias is also an upstanding member of his family. Many rural folk in Ethiopia support their families through helping with the family farm and Ermias is no different, keeping the family income strong with his efforts – he even says he enjoys farm work. This child is truly one in a million!

58 Children have been waiting for more than a year for a sponsor. Help a vulnerable child like Ermias succeed and thrive –



Introducing… Yacob!


Yacob in March 2016

Summer has arrived in Ethiopia. To the children there, that means largely the same as it does elsewhere around the world: Children are enjoying their summer vacation, their annual respite from school.

Even better news is that our groundbreaking  #ShareHOPE program, Partners With Ethiopia’s sponsorship drive in which we hope to find champions for as many kids as we possibly can, has resulted in a sponsorship for Yacob.

One of our latest beneficiaries, Yacob, from the Dale area, only just started participating in FOVC’s H.O.P.E. child sponsorship program. FOVC social workers stopped by his home, which he shares with three sisters and a brother, all under the care of a single mother. Asked how he feels about the H.O.P.E. sponsorship program, Yacob is thrilled to be newly sponsored.

Under the program, Yacob’s family will no longer have to worry about the cost of sending him to school. Sponsorship helps greatly with educational materials, food and hygiene supplies, medical care and more. Yacob’s entire family is thrilled that he’s been sponsored, because not only will it help Yacob with his education and other needs, but the program will also help Yacob’s mother stretch her resources further to care for the rest of her family. Each of Yacob’s family members have offered their sincerest gratitude, and believe us, they mean it.


Yacob with his mother, two of his sisters, and FOVC social workers Tesema and Thomas in front of Yacob’s home

There are plenty more children like Yacob who would benefit in so many ways from a sponsorship by a caring individual or family. Imagine a child not having access to basic education because he or she can’t afford pens, books, or the proper clothes. You can make a difference in the life of a child like Yacob for only $38 per month – barely more than a dollar a day!

Become a child sponsor by visiting and choosing a waiting child today!


Dinkinesh Talks About Sponsorship

Dinkinesh has been in FOVC’s Shanto sponsorship program since the very beginning. She came to FOVC ten years ago as a six year old. She attended the Kamfourd School of Excellence through 8th grade. Now she is 16 years old and going into 10th grade attending the local high school in Shanto. Our friends at FOVC sat down with Dinkinesh to ask her a few questions about what sponsorship means for her.


Dinkinesh says the number one way sponsorship helps her is to ensure her education. Sponsorship provides her with all the supplies she needs to attend school. FOVC says she is one of the top students in her grade and is a good role model for the other children. Because Dinkinesh is from a poor family, she says she would not have been able to afford to attend school on a regular basis. She also believes she would have been married by now.*

Better access to hygiene materials has also helped Dinkinesh to stay healthy and retain her dignity. FOVC’s Shanto Center of H.O.P.E. not only gives her access to clean water, soap and bathing facilities, but also provides her with feminine hygiene supplies. Many girls in rural Ethiopia must miss school during their period, but Dinkinesh says she is grateful for the supplies the sponsorship program provides for her. Because of this she is able to attend school every day.

Dinkinesh receiving school supplies, hygiene supplies, and supplementary food.

Dinkinesh receiving school supplies, hygiene supplies, and supplementary food.

Kamfourd School of Excellence is a private full day Pre-K-8th grade school which is supported by funding through Partners With Ethiopia as well as tuition paying students. 90% of our Shanto sponsored children attend Kamfourd School. We are looking for monthly partners who would be interested in helping us fund Kamfourd each month. If you’d like to partner with us on a monthly basis visit and click ‘monthly recurring donation’.

To break the cycle of poverty for a child like Dinkinesh visit to view our waiting children in the Dale area. Your $38 a month provides six hot meals a week (or supplementary food if the child lives far from the Center of H.O.P.E.), tutoring, homework help, hygiene training, medical care & more! There are currently 70 children waiting to be sponsored.


*UNICEF recently released a report on child marriage in Ethiopia which can be viewed here.


New Hope Kids Love Terefe!


A few of the kids from New Hope Community Church proudly display their photo of Terefe

As you might imagine, most of our sponsors are adults, but we do have a few kids like Terefe, who are sponsored by amazing groups of children with very big hearts.

Last fall the junior church classes at New Hope Community Church in Potsdam, NY decided that they would like to sponsor a child. They knew they would have to work hard to come up with the $38 a month needed for sponsorship, but they were eager to take on the challenge! They made a commitment and began sweeping floors, washing walls, doing dishes and chasing cows to earn their $38 a month.

The kids were so excited when they found out they were sponsoring an 11 year old boy who loved soccer! Terefe is one of eight children. He lives with his mother, siblings and grandmother. He’s a very bright kid who loves languages and wants to be a doctor when he grows up.


Our team visited Terefe’s family at their home – March 2016

The New Hope kids were very excited to learn that our team was going to visit Terefe. They wrote letters and sent photos. They signed and decorated a new soccer ball to send along to the Center of H.O.P.E. where Terefe attends six days a week.


Terefe gets mail!

Sponsorship affords Terefe the opportunity to stay in school by providing him with all the school supplies he needs plus after school homework help and summer tutoring. He also receives a hot meal at the Center of H.O.P.E. six days a week, as well as hygiene training and medical care.

We have 78 waiting children who are also eager to be sponsored and receive the kind of help Terefe is getting. You can view them all at Become a child sponsor today!