Our 2018 Lenten project is a partnership with Food for the Hungry to help build classrooms and schools in the Sasiga Mid Highlands region of Ethiopia. This region is home to thousands of people and has a connection to our own church family, as many Southview members sponsor Sasiga children through Food for the Hungry.
ABOUT THE SASIGA MID HIGHLANDS REGION
Ethiopia is rich in ancient cultures, languages, and religions. A great source of national pride is the astounding fact that Ethiopia is the only country in Africa to never have been conquered by a colonial power. Filled with diverse wildlife and stunning land formations, Ethiopia is truly a unique land. In the last four decades, however, the people have suffered from persistent droughts resulting in widespread famine.
Food for the Hungry began working in Ethiopia in 1984 through relief efforts in response to famine, first through strong emergency food aid partners and then as an operational NGO directly implementing relief and rehabilitation programs to promote lasting change. Since then, walking alongside families in their fight to break the cycle of poverty has grown to incorporate community goals including sustainable agriculture, access to clean water, schooling, community health and nutrition, sanitation, and leadership development.
There are approximately 1,172 children registered for school in the Sasiga region, and many more children who are not currently registered. There are 657 families in this area. Even a small donation will help to ensure that every child in this region has access to an education.
As we enter into the season of Lent and look forward to celebrating Easter together, would you prayerfully consider a gift toward this project? Giving envelopes are available at the Welcome Centre and online donations can be made at the link above.
When we break down the entire project (including land, labor, concrete, windows, school supplies, etc.) into a ‘cost per brick,’ the costs are as follows:
1 brick = $32 donation
5 Bricks = $160 donation
10 Bricks = $320 donation
20 Bricks = $640 donation
Build A Wall
One Wall (250 Bricks) = $8,000 donation
Build A Classroom
1,000 Bricks = one classroom
For more information about the ministry of Food for the Hungry and the Sasiga region of Ethiopia, visit fhcanada.org.