To donate to Project Hopeful Awassa in memory of Carol Stella, please go to the link below:

Checks can be made out to Project Hopeful and sent to

Project Hopeful Awassa
2096 Old Greenville Rd
Staunton VA 24401

Please put Carol Stella in the memo.

Thank you for remembering and honoring her life through Project Hopeful Awassa.



Introducing our Hope13 Campaign!

We realize that not everyone can do a Family In the Gap sponsorship for $30 per month so we have created Hope 13!  Just $13 a month to help provide the care and basic needs for the children while a local foster or adoptive family is found. Join us and be part of the solution for Ethiopia!

Click on the picture below to set up donations!

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Project HOPEFUL’s direct care efforts in Awassa, Ethiopia are focused on vulnerable children and their families. Our goal is to keep families together and ensure access to education for their children, and to help families achieve financial independence through vocational training and initial financial support.DSC_3211

We work in Awassa and the surrounding areas in the Sidama region of Ethiopia to provide for the basic needs of children and families. Some of the children live at the Ajuuja Children’s Home while others live alone or with their families.

 Sponsoring families or individuals agree to “stand in the gap” for the child that they sponsor by praying for them and their family regularly and providing $30 per month to sponsor the child.  Depending on where and how a family lives, assistance is tailored to their specific needs and includes food, education, clothing, access to medical support and spiritual support.

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 These include the cow or goat fund, mosquito nets, Bibles,  clean water projects, Enabling Independence (women’s business initiative) and orphanage support.

Several children and families in our program will require more than $30 per month for adequate support.

We are also actively looking for businesses and churches to partner with Project HOPEFUL to support the efforts in and around Awassa  and to help catalyze grass roots business in the area.

To sign up to be a Family In the Gap sponsor for one of our families or children:

Email Charisa and she can help to match you with a family or child.

You can also donate to any of our Awassa initiatives below:

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Join our Awassa Facebook group: ProjectHOPEFULAwassa

For a gallery of more pictures from Awassa, click here.



Current Project HOPEFUL Awassa News!

  • Be praying for the December team as they are preparing to leave!

The December team will be taking your Christmas gifts to Ethiopia this year! We ask that each FIG family give the gift of one t-shirt to their child. Have fun with this and pick something that you know your FIG child would love or what your family loves! A state t-shirt is great too!

Please also include a Christmas card or letter wishing the families a Merry Christmas as well.

(nothing else in the package please other than shirt and card/letter/picture!)

These will be due November 20th.

Don’t have time to do this?

You can also donate $7 at this link below and we will purchase a shirt for you! (this needs to be done by Nov 20)

Please mail these in a quart ziploc bag with their name on the front to

Charisa Knight
2096 Old Greenville Rd
Staunton Va 24401