We are making lasting change in Weledi, Ethiopia.
Our mission is to assist the orphaned and vulnerable children of Weledi, Ethiopia with education and life skills to improve their survival and development opportunities.
It started in 2005. We provided financial and management assistance to the people of Weledi to construct a bridge which was destroyed in a flash flood. We discovered there were 160 orphaned and vulnerable children in Weledi. We also found out it was common to find children living on their own as head of the household.
In November 2009 our group travelled to Weledi. Our mission was to determine the best method for us to assist these children. Through our research we prayerfully determined the best way to help them was to provide for their basic needs and educate them so they have the opportunity to help themselves.
We began the initial funding for Outreach Ethiopia and started providing food, clothing, educational materials and a savings program for each child’s future. We also believe the health of their community is important in order for them to thrive. So we began teaching the community life skills. We believe through social and life skills training we can strengthen the community’s problem solving abilities.
Outreach Ethiopia has provided for the community for the last 5 years and has plans to add additional initiatives in the future. We have faith God can build great things from this small village. Our prayer is that by helping one community bring themselves out of a poverty, the people in that community will then be able to help others causing a chain reaction that can spread God’s love throughout Ethiopia and the world.
Our Core Values
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. (Mark 12:30)
We love the Lord first. Our focus is on His love and His provision. We strive as individuals and as an organization to put Him before all else. This is the greatest commandment from the Lord.
Love your neighbor as yourself. (Mark 12:31)
The second greatest commandment is to love others. Sometimes loving others is not easy, especially when they are on the other side of the world. Logistics and distance gets in the way. But love is greater than distance.
Humble in Service
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. (Philippians 2:3)
Selflessness is a trait we all strive for but never quite achieve as humans. The strength we find is in the journey and striving to constantly humble ourselves before the Lord. We believe true joy in life comes from helping and valuing others and maintaining true humility to our Creator.
Help the Unfortunate
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25:35-40)
We believe that helping the people of Weledi, Ethiopia is not only helping the unfortunate, but serving the Lord. When we show compassion and kindness to those in unfortunate situations we practice a merciful attitude that God expects from his children.