Abby and I visited Embracing Hope Ethiopia, and Jerry and Christy Shannon founded that. Their focus is on the poor, children, and orphans who live in a section of Addis Ababa known as Korah. This city area is impoverished and is known as a forsaken place. It began as a leper colony and then the site of the city trash dump. As a result, it has a higher prevalence of poverty, crime, prostitution, and disease than many other city areas.
We love that this ministry works to serve young children and mothers in holistic ways. Abby and I truly enjoyed meeting the Shannons and their excellent Ethiopian staff at their daycare center, helping 110+ children and 65+ moms.
Embracing Hope Ethiopia helps vulnerable moms and very young children.
Embracing Hope provides daycare services so parents can work.
As a result, more families can stay together to prevent child separation (i.e., containing more orphans).
We heard story after story of a child whose life was rescued during our visit because they could get medical care and nutrition. Unfortunately, some of these children were within days of death when they first arrived. These children have loving moms who might be living with HIV, illness, or through circumstances outside their control. They don’t have the means to provide for their children.
As we met the children, it was clear they were being touched by the love of Christ, and they are doing better in life because of the beautiful work of Embracing Hope Ethiopia. So Abby and I are looking at ways to come alongside the work here.
Visit the Embracing Hope Ethiopia website and pray about sponsoring a child.