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Family Empowerment

Hope For Korah's Family-focused Outreach

The Hope for Korah (HFK) Family Empowerment Program is a sponsorship program that offers hope and a future to the most vulnerable families in Korah, Ethiopia. These destitute families have been separated and broken through illness, death, desperation & persecution; leaving them with a feeling of hopelessness, fear and bondage to the poverty that entraps them.

Keeping Families Healthy & Keeping Families Together
Photo of Allum and his mother

Due to the impact of poverty, families in Korah are often separated or abandoned; with some children living in the countryside with relatives to reduce costs, or with one or more adults in the home leaving to find work in another region or country. These social and economic burdens disproportionately fall on women as they are often left to care for their families, which significantly increases the risk of precarious work and exploitation. Families are faced daily with the impacts of malnutrition, illness and illiteracy which further complicate their ability to provide for basic needs.

The purpose of this sponsorship program is to take action towards breaking the cycle of extreme poverty for families living in Korah. This is done using a holistic approach that acknowledges the biological, psychological, social, spiritual, and environmental factors influencing each individual. HFK focuses on the family unit as a whole, recognizing that illness or struggle in one family member’s life can have an adverse effect on another member’s ability to work, attend school, engage fully in the community, or to provide financially for the family’s needs. Because ill health can be such a critical roadblock for families living in these conditions, HFK has made preventative health treatment and education a significant priority. Additionally, children’s education plays an instrumental role in breaking the cycle of poverty through offering opportunities for greater skill development and higher learning. This is one way to ensure that the future generations of Korah are equipped to overcome the barriers that poverty has placed in their lives.

Hope for Korah seeks to further promote self-empowerment and economic stability for families through engaging adults in:

The purpose of this program is to take action towards breaking the cycle of extreme poverty for families living in Korah. This process requires community participation and is inspired by principles such as collaboration, inclusion, resourcefulness, and interdependence. The goal of increasing health, education, and participation in IG and SHGs is to help families transition successfully into self-sufficiency. As a family transitions through the 6 phases of sponsorship, they are given the opportunity to move out of critical living conditions and into a more stabilized, supportive environment. Our belief is that holistic wellness will ultimately contribute towards healthy, stable and self-sustainable families.

Program Overview
Photo assessment and monitoring in Korah

Our goal is for families to transition through the following empowerment phases, moving out of sponsorship and into self-sufficiency:

  1. Stabilization Phase
  2. Growth & Development Phase
  3. Pre-launch Phase
  4. Business Development & Launch Phase
  5. Transition Out-of-Sponsorship Phase
  6. Maintenance Phase
Photo assessment and monitoring in Korah

Through regular monitoring, HFK is better able to track individuals’ progress and challenges, allowing us to come alongside each individual in unique ways to promote empowerment.

We have developed an assessment tool which is used bi-annually to track individuals’ holistic progress in the areas of: Literacy, Numeracy, Money Management & Business Skills; General Health & Wellbeing; Employment & Life Skills; and Community & Family. The 4 assessment categories and accompanying questions are intended to help HFK & KGHC staff assess participant readiness to take the next steps towards self-sufficiency.

Photo family living in Korah

Family sponsorship costs $120 per month. This sponsorship can be paid in full by one sponsor or shared by 2-3 sponsors. By becoming a sponsor, you will have the immediate impact of improving the quality of a family's life. Your partnership and support has the power to change the face of poverty and provide hope to an entire community.

Families involved in the Family Sponsorship Program Receive:

  • Better Living Conditions
  • Improved Food Quality & Quantity
  • Enrolment in the Berta Breakfast Program
  • Savings & Credit Self-Help Groups
  • HFK Income Generation Program
  • Adult Education & Skills Training
  • Self- Advocacy & Community Empowerment
  • Business Training
  • Post-Secondary Opportunities
  • Education & School Supplies for Children & Youth
  • After-School Tutoring for Elementary & High School Students
  • Youth Programs & Activities
  • Enrolment in HFK Kindergarten or Daycare
  • Basic Healthcare Support for Families
  • Hygiene & Health Education
  • Regular Home Visits and Psychosocial Support
  • Relational Support
  • Opportunities for Spiritual Ministry and Programs

As a family progresses through the six phases of sponsorship, the allocation of funds will change. While the sponsorship donation amount will remain the same throughout all sponsorship phases, the percentage of disbursement will change according to a family's needs and place in the program. The more a family is able to support their own basic needs, the more sponsorship funds will be redirected towards education, income generation, business & community development and promoting long term sustainability.

Below is a pie graph that shows how the monthly Family Sponsorship fee is disbursed during the first four phases of sponsorship. When a family reaches Phase 5 and is beginning to support themselves while transitioning out of sponsorship, an increased percentage of sponsorship fees are allocated away from Basic Needs and into Income Generation, Community Development, and Programming. Once the Family reaches Phase Six - the Maintenance Phase, their sponsorship ends. However, the family continues to have access to supportive programs such as being a part of Self-Help Groups and the HFK Medical Clinic. The children will continue their education and involvement in after-school tutoring and youth programs under HFK’s Child Sponsorship Program.

Graph of family sponsorship breakdown

Basic Needs
A majority of your spnsorship helps to support your family's basic needs, including rent, teff (Ethiopian grain and staple food), groceries, hygiene products, and firewood.

Your sponsorship contributes a portion of the overall medical costs for all HFK familes (individual family costs fluctuate). These include: doctor visits, prescription and medical treatment, hospital visits.

Your sponsorship and the HFK Educational FUnd support your family's educational needs for school-aged children. These include: school fees, uniforms, supplies, after school tutoring and support, after school snacks.

Income Generation/Community Development
This important aspect of the FSP is costly and requires additional funding outside of the monthly sponsorship fees. Your sponsorship and the HFK General Fund help to support your family’s involvement the following areas: Income Generation Program, business & skills training, self-help groups, materials, supplies, compound rent & Equipment.

Community Programming
The costs involved with programming and supporting the Ethiopian staff that care for the HFK sponsored families requires significant funding outside of the monthly sponsorship fees. This cost is subsidized through KGHC staff supporters and the HFK General Fund. Your Sponsorship supports your family’s involvement in the HFK programs and contributes a small percentage to these areas: community meetings, celebrations & special programs, transportation for medical & clinic runs, purchasing & transportation costs, community gifts & home repairs, kore great hope charities ethiopian staff and leadership support.

HFK Administration
3% of your sponsorship fee goes towards HFK Administration & Operating costs in Canada/U.S.

All are welcome to make donations using the form below (Canadian tax receipts issued).

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