Where our heart comes from...

You may have heard some alarming statistics:

  • Childbirth is a top cause of death in girls aged 15 to 18 in developing countries.

  • 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. Economies grow as more girls are educated. We know that educating girls and empowering women is one of the best investments we can make in developing countries like Ethiopia.

The WRAPS program that we support gives young women the chance to stay in school when they get their periods. It also provides employment for women, many of whom have experienced tragedy and trauma in their lives. 

The Girls Gotta Run program invests not only in the athletic scholars at the heart of the program, but also provides support to a girl's entire family, through financial literacy training and a savings group for mothers.

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.

You're invited to get to know these projects . . .we think you're going to be touched by this work and the difference that it makes for women and children in Ethiopia!

 

You have helped make it possible to pay for hundreds of women to access this life-changing medical treatment. 

 

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. 

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 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:

Thanks to your dollars, we have provided reproductive education and WRAPs kits
– which include pads, a wet bag and underwear –
to thousands of young women.


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:

Sponsors make this environment possible. 

The Group Home is a safe place where three young men and a "house mom," Mulu, are able to meet their daily needs, and most importantly, be enveloped in a sense of family and love.

Yabsera, Meskelu and Bereket are each supported by individual sponsors across Canada and the United States - people who make it possible for the boys to attend private school and college or university. Meskelu is in a college program to become a social worker!

Many members of this family have come from difficult past circumstances, but the stability and resources offered through the Group Home represents an incredible chance to grow up in a caring environment and go after their dreams.

They even have a family pet. Buchi the dog has his own sponsor in Canada!

The boys and Mulu are provided a home, education, clothing, food, supplies, medical care and funds for special occasions. We are so grateful to the sponsors who are helping to empower these three young men and Mulu. We welcome new sponsors to help with this project through DevXchange, so it can continue to change lives for many years to come.

 
 

Read the latest blog post about the Group Home:

We have sponsored twenty-six girls for one-year scholarships .
Thank you for investing with us in this amazing program!

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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.


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

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


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Your donations have allowed us to send nearly $50,000 to Busajo, including $30,000 in 2017 that was earmarked for a new facility for girls!


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 successful about 85% of the time. 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!

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Teaching new skills and empowering young women in the process?
That's what we're all about!

We sponsor two girls soccer teams in Harar, in the eastern part of Ethiopia, where female sports teams are not so common. But for the fifty incredible young ladies and four dedicated coaches that make these teams a reality, soccer is everything. 

These ambitious girls dream of playing soccer at a higher level - maybe even representing their country on the national stage. But those dreams are also about a whole lot more than soccer. For many players, the hope is that soccer could be a ticket out of poverty. The barriers these girls face can at times seem insurmountable. Some of the players have faced family or neighbourhood pressure to stop playing soccer. Some don't have enough food to eat. Others live on the street and sell small items to survive.

But nothing stops these girls. They're fast learners, and they're driven. They also have a crew of kind, compassionate coaches cheering them on. The four coaches have their own challenges and families to support, but they continue to back these players on and off the field. 

Each of them has so much potential. Our dollars simply help harness that power. And we can't wait to see how far they'll go!

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