Awasa3 Project HOPEFUL’s desire to support mothers in need and preserve families – particularly those mothers with an HIV diagnosis – was born out of our love for birth mothers. These women often are faced with terribly difficult and unfair decisions regarding the care of their children.

Out of this desire, HOPE+ Ethiopia was born.

We are passionate about sponsoring these mothers because many of the women who are HIV positive are single mothers, either by widowhood or abandonment.  HIV positive mothers are facing this challenge along with the added burdens of poor health and poverty. Without a “hand-up,” these women are often unable to develop and sustain an independent life.  Many will be confronted with the terrible, painful decision to give up their children for adoption in order to preserve their child’s life.

Project HOPEFUL believes in the beautiful gift of adoption but recognizes adoption isn’t always the best answer.  The Hope+ Ethiopia program seeks to offer hope to potential orphans through family preservation and orphan prevention. Through sponsorship, a small business capital grant will allow these moms to dig out of extreme poverty and start a business. For some, it will be the difference between giving up their children and being able to raise them successfully.

Once selected for the program, the women work with our program staff to identify potential small business ideas that will provide long-term sustainability for each of them.  They will also attend a series of training sessions on topics such as medication management, hygiene, sanitation, nutrition, money management and saving, and interpersonal communication. The skill training has proven invaluable to the women as they strive to stay healthy and strong enough to work their new business.

Once a viable small business is identified, our staff and mothers will work together to develop the skills necessary for our mothers to be successful. They will be provided start-up capital in the form of a grant and their new life will be born.  As they begin their work, they will be monitored and supported by both our Ethiopian and American staff for a period of 2 years.

Your monthly partnership of $50 for six months (or a one time $300 donation) will support a woman through the training program and onto independence! When you join the Hope+ Ethiopia program as a sponsor, you will be assigned a woman.  Each Ethiopian sponsored woman will be matched with up to two US women.  Once you have contacted us and are matched, you will receive a photograph and basic information.  You may also choose to write letters (they love to receive photos and letters) and more detailed information will follow.

The Hope+ Ethiopia program provides a wonderful opportunity to walk alongside a mother interested in parenting her children.  Your support will let you join the front line battle against poverty and the orphan crisis. You will have the opportunity to form a personal connection with a woman and watch her life bloom into something beautiful. Will you join us in partnering with a woman in Ethiopia?

Your partnership in the Hope+ Ethiopia program will be life changing for one family. To sign up to be a sponsor email nancy@projecthopeful.org so we can match you with a mother!

HOPE+ Ethiopia operates in conjunction with Ethiopia Family Fund