For profiles of more families click on the link in each ministry description. For questions, email JEvans@ordinaryhero.org. All sponsorships are $52.50/month.
Located on Entoto Mountain, Endihnew Hope serves many families with medical needs, and children who face starvation and lack access to education. For all profiles visit the Endihnew Hope partner page.
Name: Ashenafi Bekele
Story: Ashenafi is 13 years old and in grade 5. He enjoys going to school and his favorite class this year is science. He likes playing tag and chase with his friends at recess, and when he grows up he dreams of becoming an engineer. Ashenafi lives with his father, Bekele, and two older brothers Befikadu and Belete.
Name: Belete Desalegn
Story: Belete is 17 years old and in grade 8. He is a double orphan, meaning he has lost both of his parents, and doesn’t have any family on Entoto. He loves math and would like to be an engineer when we grows up, because he wants to build and design homes. In his free time, Belete enjoys playing soccer with his friends.
Name: Bogey Getu
Story: Bogey is 16 years old and in grade 8. Her favorite subject in school is English, and she dreams of becoming a police officer some day. She lives on Entoto Mountain with her mom and older sister, Genet. Bogey’s mother, Aregash, is 45 years old and earns a small income for the family by carrying water in the village for other people.
Name: Mahlat Mulugeta
Story: Mahlat is 13 years old and in grade 5. She loves going to school and her favorite class is English. She likes to play jump rope games with her friends at recess, and hopes to become a doctor when she grows up. Her father, Mulugeta, is 48 years old and is raising his three daughters and one son as a single father.
Hand in Hand
Located in Addis Ababa with a focus on the Chirkos community, Hand in Hand serves many children who are in desperate need of educational and nutritional aid. For all profiles visit the Hand in Hand partner page.
Name: Asret Tedele
Story: Asret is 14 years old and in grade 6. He came to Addis Ababa from a village deep in the countryside where his family still resides about one year ago. His favorite subject in school is math, and he has dreams of becoming a doctor when he grows up. Asret works as a shoe shiner to earn some extra money for food, and in his free time he loves playing soccer with friends.
Name: Mekedelawit Beyene
Story: Mekedelawit is 12 years old and in grade 6. She loves her math class and playing tag at recess with her friends. She hopes to become a professional runner when she grows up, and lives in Chirkos with both of her parents and three siblings. Mekedelawit’s father, Beyene, works as a guard to support the family, and her mother, Meseret, stays home to raise her four children.
Name: Nigist Bekele
Story: Nigist is 15 years old and in grade 8. She loves her math class and playing soccer at recess with her friends. She hopes to become an engineer when she grows up, and lives in Korah with both of her parents and two brothers. Sponsorship for Nigist is $80/month, which provides her with private school education at Future Generation School, and all associated costs.
Name: Kurisheula Shewa Miteke
Story: Kurisheula is 15 years old and in grade 5. Her favorite subject in school is math, and she likes playing soccer with friends at recess. When she grows up, she dreams of becoming an artist! Both of her parents have passed away and she is currently living with an aunt. After school she helps her aunt sell food at a local market.
A trash dump community located in Addis Ababa, Korah is home to Bethel Holistic Development Center which serves the unique needs of this medically fragile population. For all profiles visit the Korah partner page.
Name: Nardos Ashenafi
Story: Nardos is 10 years old in grade 4. Her favorite things are the color red, learning math, playing hide and seek with her friends, and eating injera with meat. She lives with both of her parents are her little sister, Rediet. Her mom, Etagen Belachew, is 30 years old and works as a housemaid. Her father, Ashenafi, is 40 years old and works as a cleaner.
Name: Lydia Fitsu
Story: Lydia is 7 years old and in grade 1. Her favorite colors is red, and she loves playing soccer with friends. Her favorite subject in school is English and when she grows up, Lydia wants to become a pilot! Lydia lives with her mother, Abaynesh, and older sister, Meseret. To earn an income for the family, Abaynesh washes clothes for other families.
Name: Mulu Hora
Story: Mulu is 60 years old and widowed, her late husband passed away many years ago, but she is the primary caregiver for a young boy, Nebiat. Mulu was his neighbor and took him in after his mother passed away. Nebiat is 12 years old and is in grade 7 this year. He loves school and his favorite subject is Chemistry. Nebiat likes to play soccer with his friends at recess, and he wants to be an engineer when he grows up.
Name: Asanagech Fantie
Story: Asanagech is 12 years old and in grade 4. She lives with her mother and older brothers, Geveo and Dawit. Some of her favorite things are the color green, music, soccer, and eating pasta noodles. Her mother, Balaxier Brihani, is 39 years old and single mom. To earn an income for her family she works the trash dump and sells candles in front of the Orthodox Church.
Talita Rise Up
Located in Yirglam in southern Ethiopia, Talita Rise Up is home to abandoned babies, and serves the needs of this extremely impoverished community. For all profiles visit the Talita Rise Up partner page.
Story: Manendamlak is 8 years old and in grade 1. He loves going to school and his favorite class is English. He enjoys playing soccer with friends, and when asked what he wanted to do when he grows up and he responded, “I want to help my mom!” Noritu Hussein is 38 years old, and was recently left by her husband after giving birth to her 5th child. To support her family, Noritu bakes and sells injera.
Name: Asanageyin Bezune
Story: Asanageyin is 12 years old and in grade 7. His favorite class in school is English, and he hopes to be an engineer when he grows up. His mother, Bekelech Brihanu, is 31 years old and was born and raised in Yirgalem. Bekelech is married to 32 year old Bezune, and they have four children together. To support their family, Bekelech works selling fruit, and Bezune is a day laborer.
Name: Belaynesh Hakiywe
Story: Belaynesh is 17 years old and in grade 8. She loves school and her favorite class is physics. She enjoys playing jump rope games with friends, and she dreams of being an engineer. Her mother, Alemitu, is 45 years old and married to Hakiywe, who is 50 years old. To support the family, Alemitu works as a day laborer and Hakiywo cuts down trees.
Name: Baby Lidetu
Story: Baby Lidetu is a one year old little boy who has been living in the Talita Rise Up Orphanage since he was 1 month old. His mother abandoned him at birth at a local hospital in Yirgalem, and the loving staff at Talita continue to care for and support this strong, beautiful boy today. Thanks to their care, he is growing and developing well.