SPRING OF HOPE
Spring of Hope CarePoint
A Community-to-Community Partnership
Spring of Hope CarePoint is located in Ambo town, located in the West Shewa Zone of the Oromia Region of Ethiopia (approximately eighty miles west of the capital city of Addis Ababa). Spring of Hope serves as a child development center, providing a place of refuge where orphaned and vulnerable children can have their basic needs met and receive consistent practical, spiritual and emotional support.
Spring of Hope is managed by passionate, motivated, and organized local leaders and pastors who are equipped to meet the children’s physical, educational, emotional, and spiritual needs.
Spring of Hope is a "community to community” partnership between 4others and Children's HopeChest. While many great organizations exist to provide individual sponsorship opportunities, we believe that holistic, sustainable change in the poorest communities occurs when one community partners with another. The CarePoint is also affiliated with Stand for Vulnerable Organization (SVO), an indigenous NGO that works with various denominations within Ethiopia to care for orphaned and vulnerable children. This partnership allows passionate people to come together to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children in Ethiopia.
Three Aspects of Transformation
1) Child Sponsorship: You can choose to sponsor a child for $38/month and provide for their basic needs and education. As a sponsor, you can also offer encouragement, prayer support, and a special friendship. Get to know your child by writing and receiving letters, and perhaps even visiting them during one of our annual mission trips to the CarePoint. Visit our CarePoint Community Webpage to sponsor a child at Spring of Hope!
2) Family Empowerment: Spring of Hope focuses on a child's holistic development, which includes family empowerment. The guardians of the children at Spring of Hope are organized into 10 self-help business groups. In these groups, they receive training in entrepreneurial skills to build a sustainable income. The ultimate goal is to help them become self-supporting so that they may provide for the basic needs and education for their families.
Find out which Self-Help Group your sponsored child's parent or guardian is a part of, and learn what new business venture they are pursuing: Click here.
3) Community Development: In addition to the immediate task of finding sponsors for the children, Spring of Hope has a long-term development plan that includes capital projects such as the provision of water points for the community (a high priority), building schools and medical clinics, and installing public toilet facilities.
Sponsorship Coordinator - Spring of Hope
I’m excited to be the sponsorship coordinator for the Spring of Hope CarePoint in Ethiopia because I know that investing in the life of a child not only transforms the child’s life, but greatly enhances the sponsor’s life, too. Sponsorship is a great way to come alongside a child who lacks the resources to a healthy life and good education. As a sponsor, not only can you provide these important things for a child, but you can also offer encouragement, prayer support, and a special friendship. I got the chance to meet the children at Spring of Hope, and they are so full of love and so eager to share it! Love is risky, but without risk, friendships would never be formed and lives would never be changed. I hope you take that risk to love a child, and make that commitment to support them as they grow up to be leaders in their families, in their community, and in the world!
Contact Courtney Hunt: firstname.lastname@example.org
Partner Relations Coordinator - Children's HopeChest USA
I am a native to Colorado, and have never lived in any other state. I love the mountains and hope to always live near them. I have a Master’s Degree in American History from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. I have a passion to change the lives of the broken, forgotten, and rejected. My husband, David (who is a pastor), and I have longed to get our “hands dirty” for God’s Kingdom purposes. We have both been placed in strategic positions that allow us to fulfill our aspirations. When I am not in ministry, I am with family, building and strengthening relationships; or enjoying quiet time with coffee and a good book. I enjoy people and foremost enjoy connecting with those partnering with us to transform the lives of the vulnerable and orphaned.
Country Director - Children's HopeChest Ethiopia
Formerly of Compassion International, "Tesfa" now leads the HopeChest Ethiopia Team and the rapid growth the ministry has experienced there. Launched in 2009, CHC Ethiopia has grown to serve nearly 3,000 children and is pioneering an independent living program for orphans in Addis Ababa.
Tesfa has earned his BA in business management and has recently completed his Masters in Business Administration. Tesfa says of himself, "I am a man who trusts God. I have a special place in my heart for children, and I believe that God created every child for HIS purpose."
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - STAND FOR VULNERABLE ORGANIZATION (ETHIOPIA)
Misganaw is the Founder and Executive Director of Stand for Vulnerable Organization, an Ethiopian NGO. He has a vision for holistic development of disadvantaged communities, and protected environmental sustainability, through community empowerment and local resource mobilization. SVO's mission is to address the physical, emotional, psychological, socio-economic, and spiritual needs of the vulnerable, especially children, women, and the elderly, and to protect environmental degradation through various intervention programs that improve the quality of life of the disadvantaged, and the well-being of society. Misganaw says, "I am convinced that real transformation will only come as we focus on child development. I have a great love for children, and I continue to think of strategies to enable these children to be a reason for their country's transformation. I trust that God will use SVO to impact our beloved nation, Ethiopia."