Where our heart comes from...

You may have heard some alarming statistics:

  • The number one cause of death in girls ages 15 – 18 in developing countries is childbirth. 
  • Cycles of poverty, violence and ignorance continue when girls are not educated. 
  • 80% of human trafficking victims are girls.

But, we also know that educated girls marry later, have children later and have fewer, healthier children. The benefits of education include improved health and enhanced status in the community. Countries' economies grow as more girls are educated. So, we believe that educating girls and empowering women is one of the best investments we can make in developing countries like Ethiopia.

We see an incredible amount of potential in the children of Ethiopia - boys and girls alike. That's why we also support projects like the Group Home and Busajo. We want to educate and provide for the youth of Ethiopia to encourage future leaders.

With projects like Prolapsed Uterus Surgeries, we're helping to restore health and dignity to women's lives that enables them to better their lives and their families.

You're invited to get to know our projects... we think you're going to have a heart for the people that they serve, too.

Mothers With A Heart For Ethiopia sponsors a wonderful program that provides surgeries for women who suffer with UVP, utero-vaginal prolapse. This is a relatively simple condition to treat with surgery but the cost of $325 is beyond the means of so many women in Ethiopia. Thanks to the generosity of our donors,  we are able to sponsor these surgeries and change the lives of these beautiful women. 

Dr. Mark Karnes and his obstetrics team provide excellent medical care at Soddo Christian Hospital. MWAHFE, in partnership with the hospital, allows the women to have their dignity restored while also giving them the ability to return to their regular lives without pain.  This is truly a miracle for these women and MWAHFE is proud to be a part of it. 

OB Team in Soddo

 

We'd like to introduce you to some of the women who have received these surgeries.
Read their stories on our Facebook page!

Read about the latest surgical candidate on our blog:

So many girls have to miss school when they are on their periods because disposable feminine hygiene products are either not available or not affordable. The WRAPS project (washable, reusable, affordable pads) gives girls the freedom to continue with their daily activities.

This project is a win-win because it also employs Ethiopian women to make the WRAPS! We're thankful to be partnered with Allison Karnes for this project.

WRAPS is so simple and so profound. For $15 per kit we can empower girls and promote education.

 
 
 
 

Read our latest blog post about WRAPS:

The Group Home project is a program we support through Kingdom Vision International (KVI). We have four boys and a "house mom", Mulu, who live in the group home. The boys and Mulu are provided a home, education - private school and college or university - clothing, food, supplies, medical care and funds for special occasions. We are the sole financial supporters for the Group Home and are grateful to our sponsors for changing the lives of these boys. We welcome new sponsors to help with this project and see it continue for many years to come.

 
 

Read the latest blog post about the Group Home:

The Girls Gotta Run Foundation is a non-profit organization which uses the sport of running as an innovative approach to creating safe spaces in school, ending child marriages and expanding access to secondary school for vulnerable girls. Their Athletic Scholarship Program consists of a running team of approximately 35 girls in Grades 5 to 7, implementation of a life skills program and the provision of scholarships for the girls on the team to continue their education at the Abba Pascal School for Girls in Soddo, Ethiopia.

The team meets three times a week after school and in the morning on Saturday. During the school week, the girls attend class, attend the 60-90 minute long practice after school and receive a snack. On Saturday, the girls meet for two hours in the morning. One hour is spent doing athletic training and the second hour is spent eating a meal as a team and participating in a life skills workshop.

Program participants complete the life skills program after the first year of the program. In the second year the girls complete leadership and peer education and in the final year, the girls and their families complete business and financial literacy training to help them start or enhance their own business. The work with the girls’ families consists of two parts. The mothers receive entrepreneurship training where they learn to set up a small business such as selling coffee and tea or a barbershop or to continue a business they have already begun. The other part of the training consists of a savings program where money is saved into a group fund which can then be used as grants or loans for the women. Some of the mothers use this money to send their other children to school because they recognize the value of an education for their children.

The girls are chosen for the program using 3 main requirements:

  1. Their interest and passion for higher education.
  2. Their interest in running.
  3. Their economic status.

Learn more through GGRF's online channels:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram


Want to see how Girls Gotta Run changes lives?
Watch this video!


We have sponsored five girls for one-year scholarships at a cost of $5000.
Thank you for investing with us in this amazing program!

In Amharic, Busajo means "the one who sees ahead."

In Soddo alone, there are 2000 children living on the streets. That's 10% of the population in that city. Children leave home for different reasons - inadequate or abusive living conditions are the most common. They sometimes walk for days in search of luck, attracted by the city lights and hoping for a better future. The reality is that many of them end up being used by drug traffickers or become thieves for exploiters. Many of the girls end up in prostitution to survive.

Busajo is a program that serves children living on the streets of Soddo. One of the two directors meets with children on the streets to get to know them, tell them about the program and to assess the child's seriousness to be educated and to have a different life. After three months of getting to know the children on the street, if they are seriously interested, they are invited to start to attend classes every day. If after two months they have come regularly and have demonstrated commitment and a good attitude they are then invited to live at one of their homes. (Busajo is in the end stages of finishing a large facility that will house all of the children under one roof.) The children will go to school, receive clothing, food, school supplies and medical attention. Busajo tries to reunify the children with their families and they are often successful. Sometimes the family only needs financial assistance to repair a damaged home or to provide a cow in order to take their child back. The children that cannot be reunified with their families remain in the program.

We invite you to learn more on Busajo's website and Facebook page -
and help us support this wonderful organization!

Perhaps the best way to explain the Spice Grinder project is to tell you a story...

While in Ethiopia in 2013, we met a group of women sitting on the ledge of the base of the buildings, carefully cleaning pieces of cotton, stretching it and then spinning it on to a bobbin. These women had received training and encouragement from Kingdom Vision International and formed a group three years before our visit. The members were determined to save 50 birr (about $0.13 US) each week to hold in an account and later reinvest in their group.

The women were overjoyed when we announced a donation of 20,000 birr (equivalent to $1,080 US). They immediately raised their hands towards heaven and said, “Hallelujah, amen."  They stood up and spontaneously started to dance and sing and clap. 

Two of us sat and spoke with the two treasurers of the group to ask what they would like to do with the donated funds, and hear more about their ideas and plans for the group. We were absolutely blown away at their responses which included: 

  • a long term plan of to continue spinning cotton and selling it for a profit
  • making loans available to individual women in the group so they could start small businesses  
  • investing in goats and corn when the prices were cheaper and selling when they could make a profit

The next phase of the program was to purchase a grinding machine so the women could grind grain and spices to sell. The ultimate goal is to open a store in their community that will sell vegetables, spices and other necessities. These women impressed us so much with their detailed plans, perseverance, determination, patience, and capabilities that we decided to inject the additional money they needed to take their plan to the next level. We made a $10,000 donation to pay for a spice grinder and a building to house the grinder.

When they heard this news, the women immediately bowed their heads or looked heavenward and praised God.  Not one moment of hesitation elapsed before the women gave God the glory and the credit. The women said over and over that the donation was a miracle from God. They started to sing and dance once again and we could actually feel the ground below our feet moving with the steps of the dancing.

The chairperson of the group told us that when one person faces trouble, they leave or get lost; when they are in a community, they remain together. The women said that one day they believe this group will set a national example.

It is our privilege to empower women like these. We invite you to join us.

 

Donations in support of this project will provide funding for:

  • barrels to store the grain
  • capital of grain
  • seeds and farming tools to start planting the land
  • training for the women so they can fix the machine themselves
  • training in inventory control and cash flow management
  • a new weigh scale
  • two new donkeys
 
 

Enjoy these photos from our trips to the Spice Grinder project in 2014 and 2015.