Filled With Hope

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 16, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Tamiru Chewaka posted in Impact Stories, WV, Ethiopia, Water

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Shuda (left) and her friend Meskerem drawing water 

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Bowolicho village is located in the Hula Area Program operation area, 231 miles south of Addis Abba, Ethiopia’s capital. There was a dire need for water in this area. Schoolgirls of all ages use to walk a half hour to draw water from an unprotected source called Bansa spring.

The schoolgirls who attended school in the morning left home as early as at 6:00am and walked in a group to the unkept spring. The water they found was not safe for their health. Keeping their jerry cans in two or sometimes three lines and waiting for turn was the day to day experience for them. They walked back home for another thirty minutes and upon getting home, they cooked for family and handle other activities.

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Building the next Christian generation

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 21, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Mesrach Ayele, World Vision Ethiopia posted in Impact Stories, WV, Christian Discipleship, Ethiopia

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Fetlework with several of her Sunday school students. 

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“I know what these kids were missing because I have been in their position,” says Fetlework. “During my time as a Sunday school student, we had the smallest kid from age three to the oldest at 14. We all sat in one classroom and most of the things said, I don’t remember. Me and my friends never liked that,” Fetlework said

Pastor Getnet remembers too, “Full Gospel Church had a Sunday school service however it was practiced differently. Parents used to bring their children and drop them into one large classroom where all of the kids used to sit. They only had one teacher assigned and whenever the teacher missed church we let them join the congregation since we had no other option.” 

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Sing a new song to the Lord

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 16, 2018 9:28:21 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Christian Discipleship, Impact Stories, WV, Ethiopia

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Yerosen’s earliest experiences with Sunday school left her with little understanding of Jesus’ love. But after her church participated in the Ethiopia Christian Discipleship Project, she learned to love stories from the Bible and found her voice in the church choir.

Although Yerosen’s parents faithfully brought her to church each Sunday as a child, she says that she really didn’t learn much about Jesus.

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"I never thought I could be able to read"

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 30, 2016 4:36:06 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Ethiopia, Education, Impact Stories, Women and Girls, WV

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Regatu said she never dreamed she would be able to read and understand a story on her own. That is, until World Vision implemented a Literacy Boost program near her home in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia.

Regatu (pictured in the middle) began regularly attending a weekend reading club with two of her sisters and her brother. The club reinforces and supplements the lessons they learn at school. 

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Christian Discipleship is building confidence in children in Ethiopia

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 25, 2016 1:37:04 PM / by Mesrach Ayele, World Vision Ethiopia posted in Ethiopia, Christian Discipleship, Impact Stories, WV

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The Gurage area is located 195 kilometers southwest of Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. People in this area are known for being hard workers and successful entrepreneurs. Along with that commendable trait, comes the fact that they prefer to lead a very cautious and quiet life, causing others to perceive them as submissive and meaningless. Gurage is a place where people still hold onto this dangerous cultural practice that can effect children and women specifically. The demeaning word used for them is tokenet,which means minor or insignificant. This attitude makes them feel dejected, rendering them incapable of standing up for themselves over time. Those who are labeled are not allowed to take part in any cultural activity or public gathering.

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