Our efforts help the people of Weledi, Ethiopia to provide for their own future.
We believe that if the children and the community of Weledi, Ethiopia are healthy and educated, they will have the tools to escape poverty and have hope for a prosperous future.
After extensive research of the economic conditions in the area and the specific issues effecting the community, Outreach Ethiopia has determined a prioritized phased initiative approach:
PHASE 1 ONGOING INITIATIVES:
- Priority 1 - IMPLEMENTED: Basic needs of food, shelter and clothing for the orphaned children
- Priority 2 - IMPLEMENTED: Educational opportunity or the orphaned and vulnerable children of the area
- Priority 3 - IMPLEMENTED: Life skills education for the community at-large
PHASE 2 INITIATIVES: Program Completed
- Priority 1 - COMPLETED: Sanitation, including a latrine system
- Priority 2 - IMPLEMENTED: Latrine system maintenance
PHASE 3 INITIATIVES: Current
- Priority 1 - CURRENT: Implement a Lunch Program for the Children and Elderly
- Priority 2 - CURRENT: Build Housing for the Elderly
- Priority 3 - PARTIALLY IMPLEMENTED: Rebuild and Furnish Health Clinic, Elementary and Middle Schools damaged during the recent civil conflict
- Priority 4 - PARTIALLY IMPLEMENTED : Install Solar Power in Children's and rural homes
Implement Lunch Program for the Children and Elderly - CURRENT
Due to COVID, high inflation, and the recent civil conflict, food supplies in Weledi have become limited and expensive. Sadly, most of the children only eat a minuscule breakfast consisting of bread, and then do not eat again until dinner when they return from school. The lunch program can provide some assurance that the children will receive at least one healthy, nutritious meal per day which they need for their proper growth and development. The cafeteria will be built within the Elderly Home Community.
Build Housing for the Elderly - CURRENT
Outreach Ethiopia provides monthly stipend to support 25 elderly in the Weledi community. They have also suffered with the loss of an entire generation due to the untimely deaths of their children. These unnecessary deaths have dramatically impacted the lives of many. To make matters worse, although all lives were spared thank God, the community including our elderly lost their belongings including whatever meager food they had due to the recent civil conflict. Outreach Ethiopia is working to address the aftermath of recent conflict and the adverse living conditions of our elderly, extending love and respecting their human dignity. The next step is for us to provide funding for the design and construction of self-sustained tiny home community powered with solar to provide them shelter, running water, and a safe warm place to live.
Adverse Living Conditions of Our Elderly
Created by an Outreach Ethiopia graduate, Selehadin, that now has a media career.
Preliminary Drawing- Self-Sustained Housing for the Elderly
Rebuild and Furnish Health Clinic and Elementary/Middle Schools - PARTIALLY IMPLEMENTED
With generous donations, Outreach Ethiopia purchased and delivered a 6 months supply of urgently needed medications.
Install Solar Power in Children’s and Rural Homes - PARTIALLY IMPLEMENTED
Even prior to the recent conflict, Weledi and the surrounding rural villages lacked access to electricity and are still forced to burn wood for lighting and cooking. They live in energy poverty. Unfortunately, the government is unable to provide electricity to the rural villages. The aftermath of the recent conflict in Weledi resulted in the destruction of the main transformer that provided electricity to the town. Currently, there is no electricity in Weledi. We believe in some distant future that the government will rebuild the transformer in Weledi. Energy poverty in the rural villages is great. In a civilized world, we press a switch and bingo, there is light. It’s different in the rural area and Weledi. The need for solar power is great.
With generous donations, Outreach Ethiopia is in the process of installing 150 BioLite 620 plus home kits in our children's and elderly’s homes. Fundraising continues to purchase more kits to provide the rural homes with solar power.