support a scholar

Kids Hope Ethiopia has had great success in seeing many students be accepted into universities, colleges, technical and trade schools, and vocational training programs.

We have students enrolled in health officer training, nursing school, engineering programs, lab technician programs, accounting programs, hairdressing school, culinary school, computer technology institutions, attaining woodworking and metalworking certificates, and more.

While gaining their education the students have a variety of costs such as tuition, transportation, books, and living expenses. These costs and fees can be prohibitive to a students being able to attend post-secondary education, even though they have been accepted.

Support A Scholar donations will go directly to helping these students meet their needs as they earn their degrees, certificates, and diplomas.

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Fill a future in Uganda

Education is more than what you learn at school. Our new education support center will have extra-curricular programs for the students – music clubs, drama, reading, soccer, poetry, art, and whatever else the students are interested in. Fill their future with all the things they hope for.
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Program Update: Kirkos

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Students at our Kirkos Center have been the recipients of many visitors in the first half of 2014. We had twenty (20) volunteers in February and five (5) in May. Each group brought special life skills, they spent time playing, visiting student homes, and getting to know these students better.

healthheadline Several nurses took time to discuss and teach about infectious diseases, how they spread, and the role of immunization to prevent infection. The kids were very interested in hearing the story of the first vaccine developed by Mr. Louis Pasteur for Rabies, and about immunization programs that now exist to help prevent more diseases.

dance headline.k The students are so welcoming! Culturally, a welcome in Ethiopia means being invited to dance, sing, and have a cup of coffee. The volunteers had lots of time to participate in these activities!

Kirkos Center has a very enthusiastic Dance Club troupe. They have been performing and competing in dance recitals all over the city of Addis. In January, they won the Addis Ababa City Wide Competition, 1st Place Gold Cup. As you can imagine, the whole center is very proud of this dance group.

kirkos art headline The May group helped the students to make special gift flowers out of tissue paper, to give to someone in their life who is a Mother-figure to them. The students loved this special activity.

For many, a staff member of their education center was their Mother figure. The children also wrote a small note to their mother and made little 3 dimensional pictures to finish their gift. The students loved this activity!

kirkos home visit headline Each expedition group takes some time to visit the student’s families. This honors them, and acknowledges their important role in supporting the student in their efforts to attend school fulltime, and to attend the Education Center after school. So far this year, we have had several opportunities to visit with the families of some of the students from the Kirkos Center.

kirkos scholarship headline Many students who used to attend the Kirkos Education Center programs are now in college, university, or technical schools. In February we had the opportunity to gather volunteers and students together to spend an evening visiting, eating, and swimming.

Two former Kirkos Center students received a special grant and award, the Manji-Burghardt Scholarship, for achieving a GPA over 3.8 for the full academic year. This award included a laptop for each student, and $1000 BIRR ($50 USD) grant. These items were presented to them in July, by the Global Youth Expedition team members. The students were surprised and excited to receive it.

It was a great evening to meet together as guests of the Hilton Addis Ababa.

bonding headline All of our volunteers comment on how much they grow to love the students in our programs. It is amazing that in such a short amount of time that a bond of friendship and trust can be forged so strongly. This has been true for our volunteers in 2014.

Kids love to play, have their picture taken, and give out hugs! Many of their games are reminiscent of old time outdoor games we recognize from home. Games like “Red Rover”, “Duck Duck Goose”, “What time is it Mr Wolf?”, each with their own Ethiopian flavor, are loved by everyone!

If you would like to sponsor a child, contact Rachel.
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Fill a Home in Uganda

The Education Support Center isn’t just for the children – it’s for their whole family at home. Support education and information programs for the student’s guardians, such as entrepreneurial skills, hygiene, and money management sessions, to help improve every aspect of a child’s life.  Fill their home with hope, and a better future.
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Program Update: Kality

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Students in our Kality Program, run at the VCS Love and Hope Center, have been the recipients of many visitors in the first half of 2014. We had twenty (20) volunteers in February and another group of five (5) volunteers in May. Each group brought special life skills, and spent time playing, visiting student homes, and getting to know these students better.

health headline Several nurses took time to discuss and teach about infectious diseases, how they spread, and the role of immunization to prevent infection. The kids were very interested in hearing the story of the first vaccine developed by Mr. Louis Pasteur for Rabies, and about immunization programs that now exist to help prevent more diseases.

grooming activity headline Volunteers had the chance to help students with their personal grooming time on a Saturday. At the common wash up area, many of the students were washing hair, their faces, and were helped along the way.

birthday headline The students at Kality get to celebrate student’s birthdays every 3 months. The March celebration was particularly festive, with dancing, recitations, and LOTS of cake and treats. It was charming to see the students help each other spread cake frosting on their noses and foreheads, traditionally a birthday celebration activity.

art headline The May group helped the students to make special gift flowers out of tissue paper, to give to someone in their life who is a Mother-figure to them. The students loved this special activity. For many, a staff member of their education center was their Mother-figure.
The children also wrote a small note to their mother and made little 3 dimensional pictures to finish their gift.

kality home visit headline Each expedition group takes some time to visit the student’s families. This honors them, and acknowledges their important role in supporting the student in their efforts to attend school fulltime and the Education Center after school.
While home visits can be emotionally challenging for our volunteers, they always report back to us that it is also one of the highlights of their volunteer experience. All student families report to Kids Hope Ethiopia that they LOVE having volunteers visit them personally. We have had the chance to visit several families of the students in the Kality Program so far this year.

dental headline Kality is still working very hard on its dental hygiene program, and volunteers helped encourage students to keep their teeth clean!

renovation headline February volunteers included construction workers from Canada. They helped to paint, fix up and do an overall renewal of the Kality Building. They even taught some of the local center staff how to do these kinds of repairs too! Thanks to their efforts the building looks beautiful!

If you would like to sponsor a child, contact Rachel.
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Global Youth Expedition: Fun and Games at Kirkos!

We spent our last day at Kirkos Center enjoying the program that the students had put together for us, and playing games together.
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Kirkos Center has a wonderful student dance troupe. They have won city-wide competitions for traditional dance. We were treated to several different cultural dances from them, and it was awesome!
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The older students planned the program out, and had thought up several games to include our Global Youth volunteers in. Such as blowing flour in someone’s face while blindfolded!kirkos.81
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Kirkos also has a very active Drama Club, and this trip they entertained us with several different miming skits. This one was about a burglar – which explains the makeup!kirkos.05
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Egg races! Our Global Youth team didn’t last very long – the students at Kirkos are really good at this!
This was our final day working at the Kirkos Center – playing games and dancing with the students was the perfect way to end our visit there. Thank you Kirkos!

Global Youth Expedition: Kirkos Community Cleanup

After learning about why it is important to keep our environment clean from our volunteers, the students at Kirkos Program held a community clean-up activity.
We started with the center itself, and then moved into the streets nearby – picking up garbage and pulling weeds, then taking everything to a dumpster to be properly disposed of.
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Program Update: Gindo

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Students at our Gindo Center have been the recipients of many visitors in the first half of 2014. We had twenty (20) volunteers in February and others as they have been able to travel the roads during rainy season. Each group brought special life skills, and spent time playing, visiting student homes, getting to know these students better.

wheelchair headline Thanks to generous donations of volunteers, Abate from the Gindo Center was able to have a wheelchair specially measured and made for him. With the chair, came a tutoring course, and specialized tools so he can repair and care for this chair on his own. Abate will graduate this year from the center, as he is now 19 years old. Center staff have been working with him to learn a skill so he can run his own little business. Being off the ground, and mobile are HUGE improvements for his life. THANK YOU to the Gindo Center staff and volunteers who have made this dream come true for Abate. Equal with the others!

underwear headline Personal grooming kits were given to each student as part of the February expedition group. Students, and staff happily accepted new socks, underwear, t-shirt, candy, and a toothbrush.

methanex headline In the fall of 2013, Methanex sponsored a Global Awareness challenge with a high school in Medicine Hat. Challenging the students to come up with a solution to a need in Gindo that could be helped with a budget of $1000. The outcome of this challenge was a solar powered light project, that is now providing light to 10 families in the Gindo area. The students had a fun time in February creating thank you banners for both Methanex and the participating students.

Gindo art headline The May group helped the students to make special gift flowers out of tissue paper, to give to someone in their life who is a Mother-figure to them. The students loved this special activity. For many, a staff member of their education center was their Mother figure. The children also wrote a small note to their mother and made little 3 dimensional pictures to finish their gift. These gifts were beautiful, and the students were excited to make them.

Gindo home visit headline Each expedition group takes some time to visit the student’s families. This honors them, and acknowledges their important role in supporting the student in their efforts to attend school fulltime, and to attend the Education Center after school. Throughout the past 6 months, we have visited several of the families of students in the Gindo Center.

If you would like to sponsor a child, contact Rachel.

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Program Update: Alemgena and Guelele

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Students at both our Alemgena and Guelele Centers have been the recipients of many visitors in the first half of 2014. We had twenty (20) volunteers in February and another group of five (5) volunteers in May. Each group brought special life skills, and spent time playing, visiting student homes, getting to know these two centers better.

healthheadline Several nurses took time to discuss and teach about infectious diseases, how they spread, and the role of immunization to prevent infection. The kids were very interested in hearing the story of the first vaccine developed by Mr. Louis Pasteur for Rabies, and about immunizations programs that now exist to help prevent more diseases.

firstaidheadline A second team of nurses worked with students to help them understand some basic principles of First Aid, how to make a sling, put on bandages, and stop excessive bleeding. This picture shows a real honest effort by a group of Grade 2 students to put a sling on their classmate. They eventually learned how to do the classic sling to perfection.

cultureheadline The students are so welcoming! Culturally, a welcome in Ethiopia means being invited to dance, sing, and have a cup of coffee. The volunteers had lots of time to participate in these activities! Using an empty jerry can for a drum, students all join in singing and others teach volunteers how to shake their shoulders in the traditional manner that is basic to all Ethiopian cultural dance.

mothersdayheadline The May group helped the students to make special gift flowers out of tissue paper, to give to someone in their life who is a Mother-figure to them.The students loved this special activity. For many, a staff member of their education center was their Mother-figure.The children also wrote a small note to their mother and made little 3 dimensional pictures to finish their gift. The students loved this activity!

homevisitheadline Each expedition group takes some time to visit the student’s families. This honors the family by acknowledging their important role in supporting the student in their efforts to attend school full-time and to attend the Education Center after school.

While home visits can be emotionally challenging for our volunteers, they always report back to us that it is also one of the highlights of their volunteer experience. All student families report to Kids Hope Ethiopia that they LOVE having volunteers visit them personally.

annualmedicalheadline Students at both Alemgena and Guelele had annual physicals completed with the help of volunteer nurses and doctors. For many of the new students coming into Guelele and Alemgena, this was their first experience to have a doctor see them. At first they were nervous, but that quickly faded with the help of our friendly and caring medical volunteers.

All the students are spending their summer preparing for the upcoming school year, and were also visited by the Global Youth Expedition in July.

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Global Youth Expedition: First day at Kirkos Center

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We were greeted by the students at the Kirkos Center with warm smiles and lots of excitement! The Kirkos Center is very proud of their Dance Club, and were very happy to perform many different dances for us during the 3 days we spent with them.
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Our first presentation was given by two of our Global Youth Expedition team members. They taught about the importance of keeping our environment clean, and different ways we can recycle and reuse to reduce our waste.
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In the afternoon, we made animal masks to go with the story we read with the students. Mice, cats, dogs, and hens – all of them covered in glitter!

Global Youth Expedition: Field trip with Kality

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We spent a day joining a field trip with the students of the Kality Program. We met at the top of a mountain, Entoto Mariam, and toured a museum featuring the history of Ethiopia, admired this beautiful old church, and visited the former palace residence of the old Emperors of Ethiopia.entoto.02
It was a beautiful day for our outing! We loved having the sunshine.entoto.03
The palace is not all that large – but beautifully built. They still use the grounds for farming, and you can see that a section of the yard has been plowed for planting crops.kality.04
The students had a great time! And they love having their picture taken.kality.05

Filll a plate for students in Uganda

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Part of our program model is that every student enrolled in the Education Support Center receives a hot meal every day.

$200 will provide their food every day for a year, and a plate to eat it on.  Fill a plate full of food in Uganda!

Fill a library in Uganda

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Our new Education Support Center in Lira is starting to fill up with supplies and needed items for the students.  Help us put books in their library – let’s fill it up!  $40 will add about 10 books to their collection, so help the library shelves fill up!

Fill it up – Uganda!

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We are working hard to get everything we need for the new center in Lira – see how you can help with backpacks, tuition, tables, school supplies, books, and food.

There are still a lot of items to fill – so share with your friends, and help us keep 50 children in school in Lira!

Scholarship Student Update: Senayet

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Senayet joined our program in Kirkos at the age of 10, and did very well in her classes. She was accepted to a 3 year nursing program after graduating from high school in Addis Ababa.

Through our Scholarship Program, Senayet was supported as she attended her university classes. Wanting to do more, she also got a part time job, and started saving any extra money that she earned. Over the 3 years, Senayet was able to save enough money to send herself to one extra year of university so that she could get a 4 year degree and have an even better education.

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Senayet joined an expedition group’s medical team and was able to help with clinics in rural Ethiopia, working alongside North American medical professionals. Here, she is getting some practice in taking blood pressure under the supervision of an expedition volunteer who is a trained nurse. Another scholarship student, Eyerusalem, watches.


Congratulations on entering your final year of university Senayet! We are proud of all the hard work you have put into your education.

Fill a Backpack in Uganda

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Our Lira, Uganda Education Support Center is getting prepared for 50 new students in the fall.

Help us fill a backpack for every child with a school uniform, shoes, a hygiene kit, and of course the backpack itself. $150 goes a long way in Lira.

Fill a Desk in Uganda

desk.khe We are opening a new Education Support Center in Lira, Uganda this fall, and we are thrilled!  There will be 50 children in the program, who will receive a hot meal a day, after-school tutoring, and tuition support, as well as much more. Help us get their Support Center filled and ready for them by filling up a desk – with notebooks, pencils, geometry sets, paper, and any other school supplies they need.  Each set of supplies only costs $60 – so share with your friends and help us fill all 50 desks with supplies for the students!

The motivation for our work

When I arrived back in Ethiopia this trip (my second this year), it felt as though I had barely been gone. Things were much more familiar to me and it is beginning to feel like home while I am there. We had four volunteers on this expedition plus myself as the team leader; as a small group we were able to work closely together.

We were able to accomplish a number of educational and interesting sessions on this trip. We worked with the staff, with the children in the education centres, and with the students at the vocational training centre. For me this trip allowed me to build better relationships with our staff and with our students. I was able to build good friendships with our volunteers, all of whom I look forward to working with again in the future.

This trip I was able to interact with the children at each of the centres in Addis very closely. We spent a few days with each centre and this gave me the opportunity to get to know a number of the children, their names and their situations. These children are why we do what we do. They are the reason that we work hard at fundraising. They are the reason that we talk about our jobs and our work to everyone we know. When you get the opportunity to spend time with these children and to meet their families, you realize the effect that these programs have on the lives of these children and their families. The children in the photos below are just a few of the ones that are expanding my capacity to love and to work hard at what I do, in the hopes that they will have an advantage in life in spite of anything else that may happen in their lives.

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fill it up – uganda

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A new Education Support Center and Program will be opening in Lira, Uganda this fall. We couldn’t be more excited! 50 children in Lira will be enrolled in the center, and will have the opportunity to stay in school, receive educational support that they need, as well as medical support, a hot meal every day, and extra tutorial help with their school work.

We want to fill up the Education Center with everything it needs: books, backpacks, hygiene kits, school uniforms, tables, desks, pay their tuition fees, and provide food for the hot meal program. You can donate one item for one child, or as many of each as you would like! You can also make a general donation towards the new center at any amount.

Help us Fill it Up in Uganda, and get our Lira Education Support Center off to a full start!

A visit to Kersa

In February, Dan and Lyndon went with an group of volunteers on an expedition to Ethiopia, and as part of the trip were able to spend a few days in Kersa area with the Foresight Fathers, the Students, and their families.

It was a busy few days!  Volunteers did repairs to the building, cleared part of the yard, and did medicals on enrolled Students, Foresight Fathers, Provident Mothers, and their families.

Here are a few of our favorite photos from the visit to Kersa!

Birthday Party at Kality

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At the Love and Hope Center in Kality, Ethiopia the education support center staff has introduced a whole new kind of party to the children – a group birthday party.

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There are 70 children in the Kality education support program – and that’s a lot of birthdays! So every 3 months, the center gets together and celebrates all the birthdays that have happened since the last party. The children who have had those birthdays get to sit up at the head table, and everyone gets cake.

Happy Birthday Everyone!

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22 Children in 22 Days: 5 children sponsored!

Since we started our 22 children in 22 days on May 9th we have had 5 children sponsored!

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We have 8 days left, and 17 more children who are in need of sponsorship. When a child enters our education program it changes their lives.

 Tamrat, Teddy, and Eyerusalem are a few individuals who entered the Education Support Centers at a young age, and have now grown to be outstanding individuals.

By sponsoring a child you give them hope, education, and love – so begin sponsoring today!

Newsletter: April 2014

February Expedition
20 Volunteers traveled to Ethiopia with our February 2014 Expedition Group. Because the group had a wide range of skills, we were able to offer medical care, renovate and paint two education centers and much more! Read about our adventures by Heather, and Colleen on our blog.

Gindo Lethbridge Chapter
January 2014 marked a new Chapter’s birth for Canadian Humanitarian, Kids Hope Ethiopia’s sister organization in Canada.

We are delighted to announce the formation of a new fundraising Chapter, with an enthusiastic group of volunteers, in Lethbridge, Alberta .

If you would like to begin a chapter in your area contact us.
Child Sponsors Needed

Our Child Sponsorship Program is growing!

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Help us sponsor 22 children in Ethiopia in 22 days. Please share to help us reach our goal.

Canadian Humanitarian is also pleased to announce our new programs in Uganda and Malawi. We are very excited to offer Canadian Humanitarian’s unique afterschool program in these countries. Help us sponsor 100 new children by September in time for their new school year!


Installing the Bio Sand Filtration Systems

The Men and their wives were pretty excited to see the Bio Sand Filtration Units come together. I think they finally started to understand how the filter would purify their water as it ran through these buckets.

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Today two of these units were installed to two homes. This first home was a 22 year old man, one of the Foresight Fathers, who has 5 children and two wives (yes polygamy is still practiced in this part of Ethiopia)

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This home was on a quiet street in the village with lots of trees, their own backyard garden, stock holding pen and everything!

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