Ethiopia — Hope For Korah

Hope for Korah (HFK) was established in April 2011 to take action towards breaking the cycle of urban poverty for families living in Korah, Ethiopia. Working in partnership with Kore Great Hope Charities, an Ethiopian NGO, they have developed a number of projects, including the HFK Family Sponsorship Program for destitute families, the Berta "Crisis Intervention" Breakfast Program for malnourished children, Elders Home for Lepers, HFK Income Generation Program & Self-Help Groups, Day Care & Kindergarten, Soccer & Youth Programs, and more. The organization is committed to serving and empowering the people of Korah with the love and compassion of Christ, bringing much needed "Hope for Korah."

Programs & Ministry Opportunities

  • Family Sponsorship
  • Elder’s Home for Elderly with Leprosy
  • Berta Breakfast Crisis Intervention Program
  • Income Generation and Self-Help Groups
  • "Yidesta Gibi" Vulnerable People’s Compound
  • Soccer & Youth Programs
  • Brother Sister Friend Program

Sponsorship provides an opportunity for families to move out of a critical state of poverty through better living conditions, food, healthcare, education, community meetings, bible study and relationship. The goal is for families to become involved with income generation, self-help groups and community development projects which promote self-empowerment, giving back to their community leading to healthy, stable and self-sustainable families.

Together with Korah Great Hope Charities, in April 2012 HFK opened the ‘Elders’ Home’ for some elderly men living with leprosy. This home provides a safe, loving environment for those who have been forgotten and rejected because of their disease. They also have access to a caregiver who assists them with activities of daily living including eating, hygiene, and getting access to medical care.

The first of its kind in Korah, this ‘Crisis Intervention’ Program serves a specialized breakfast cereal called Berta which is designed specifically for malnourished children. For many it is their largest meal of the day. Most families in Korah only eat 1-2 times per day and the quality of food is extremely poor, often scavenged from the city garbage dump. As a result, the boys and girls living in Korah are underweight and their families malnourished.

Hope for Korah’s focus this year has expanded from building artisan skills to providing families with numeracy and literacy training, participation in Self-Help Groups (SHGs) and the opportunity for education in business and saving principles such as loans, interest, savings, and banking. HFK has put together a bi-annual assessment tool to use with families to help us monitor progress, improve areas of weakness, leverage off of strengths, and to have a basis from which to interact with the participant about his or her progress.

New this year is the opening of “Yidesta Gibi” Amharic for ‘House of Joy’. This compound provides a safe living environment for those in HFK’s program with significant disabilities and those in need of special medical attention and follow up as they undergo rehabilitation from life-saving surgeries.

Hope For Korah’s  youth programs are continuing to grow, now offering a soccer program for both boys and girls. Practices are held twice per week at local schools. Youth also have the opportunity to participate in bible studies, daily after school tutoring, and other sports and activities at our activity center.

Globally connecting hundreds of boys and girls of all ages to a friend their own age, learning to understand their needs and developing a relationship through letters and photos. “I AM NOT FORGOTTEN – someone knows my name!”

For up-to-date information on Hope For Korah, please visit their Facebook page.