Wish List for 2019
Vocational Training Fund – $5,000 (immediate need is $600)
(Lives impacted: Five to Ten students)
The goal with the H.O.P.E. Sponsorship Program is to see each child become a productive adult who has escaped extreme poverty and can provide for themselves. One option our students have after high school is to attend a vocational training college. These vocational colleges train students in a variety of skills, such as driving*, accounting, administrative assistance, skilled construction, computer and IT support, manufacturing skills, medical field support, auto mechanic, culinary arts, and law enforcement. The average cost per person can range from $500-1,000, depending on the area of training. We currently have two students attending a training college. A third student is waiting for funding to start driver’s training. We anticipate in the next two years we will have another five to ten students choose this option. This fund will help cover the cost for those students.
*While obtaining a driver’s license in the United States is the norm, in Ethiopia it is the exception. Obtaining a general driver’s license and commercial driver’s license would give the student a great opportunity to find a job.
Rent Support – $6,000
(Lives Impacted: 40 staff and 750 children)
The five project sites we support in Ethiopia use rented facilities. The current rent for all five sites is around $10,000 annually ($833/month). See the rental breakdown below. In the past two years, we have seen an overall rent increase of $6,000 ($500/month). It has been challenging to find this extra funding. We are making adjustments to our budget for 2020, but in 2019, having an extra $6,000 specifically for rent would be greatly appreciated. In Ethiopia rent is paid annually and is due at various time of the year, depending on the project site. By March 1, 2019, we need $6,000 in hand to make rent payments on two facilities. We realize that this administrative expense is not an exciting thing to fund, but without these rented facilities, the programs would not exist. Each day 750 children, along with 40 staff, have a safe place to work, play, eat, and learn.
Hawassa Center of H.O.P.E. – $5,000 annually – Due March 1*
Shanto Center of H.O.P.E. – $1,000 annually – Due March 1
Dale Center of H.O.P.E. – $1,800 annually – Due January 1 – PAID for 2019
Boricha Center of H.O.P.E. – $1,000 annually – Due January 1 – PAID for 2019
Tebela Center of H.O.P.E. – $1,200 annually – Due September 1
*The Hawassa Center of H.O.P.E. is located in a larger city compared to the smaller rural areas of the other project sites, which is why the rent is significantly higher. It’s a very large building and space.
Audio-Visual and Promotional Support – $6,000-$10,000
(Impact: Estimated Annual Increase in Funding of $40,000)
To keep donors updated and encourage potential donors to support us we must continue to explain the need, show the solution, and keep people engaged. We’ve done this through writing, photos, and casual iPhone videos. However, we are lacking in audio-visual promotional videos. We would love to get some high quality filming done in Ethiopia, followed by short professionally produced promotional videos to use on our website and social media. Also, we would also like to invite a high-profile social media personality/blogger (50,000 follower minimum) to travel with us to Ethiopia to see our work and promote it to his or her followers. For a more detailed explanation on this wish list item, please contact Ingrid Olson at 612-226-4976 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
University Support Fund – $1,500
(Lives Impacted: Two students)
The goal with the H.O.P.E. Sponsorship Program is to see each child become a productive adult who has escaped extreme poverty and can provide for themselves. One option our students have after high school is to attend a government university for free. This option is only available to the students who score at a certain level on their national exams. While the government provides a free university education for exceptional students, there are extra costs our students will incur: travel, various school and personal supplies, a cell phone* and a computer. In 2019, we anticipate that we will have our first two university students.
* It is extremely important that our students stay involved in this program until they graduate from the university. Therefore, we hope to provide each university student with a cell phone so that our staff in Ethiopia can frequently check in with our students and provide them with any encouragement or support they need to successfully finish their education.
Bookshelves – $1,200 total
(Lives impacted: 450 children)
We are setting up three mini libraries at three of our project sites. The Hawassa Center of H.O.P.E., Boricha Center of H.O.P.E., and Tebela Center of H.O.P.E. serve a total of 450 children. We plan to provide around 100 books to each site on our March 2019 trip. We need $400 per project site for new bookshelves. The bookshelves will be built locally.
Two Cameras – $300 & LCD Projector – $300
On our Amazon wish list we have a camera and a LCD projector. The camera will help the staff in Ethiopia take photos throughout the year for social media promotion and to keep us updated. The LCD projector is for their staff meetings and trainings which happen monthly.
Computer Fund – $1500
Every other year we like to provide our staff in Ethiopia with two to three new computers to replace their older computers. It is essential for them to have computers to keep records and stay connected with us.
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