In Ethiopia, we work with Mercy Ministry Happy Children's Home (MMHCH). MMHCH is a small school and kick-start program to assist children from disadvantaged background before entering government schooling. Established in 2005, the founders all had one thing in common: a real desire to bring change to the lives of children living on the streets. The children are provided healthy meals, medical care, education, social activities and lots of love. The children live for one year inside the center in order to prepare them for starting government school. After that, the children return to their family and MMHCH involved with these children by supporting schooling, income generation & small business training for mothers and the "My Second Home" nutrition program.
This project believes that positive interventions in the lives of the children they work with not only helps the children themselves, but can also provide benefits to the whole community. Their long-term vision is that these interventions will in turn benefit communities, village, cities, and eventually, a generation of Ethiopians.
"My Second Home" Nutrition Program
In a country where 38% of the population lives below the poverty line, education is key to breaking the poverty cycle. But education doesn't just happen by sitting a bunch of kids in a classroom – children need regular, nutritious meals to help them grow, play, focus and learn. 44% of children under 5 in Ethiopia suffer from growth and development stunting, which in most cases can be attributed to poor infant and childhood nutrition. So, first nutrition, then education, ultimately leading to progress and empowerment.
After children graduate from the MMHCH program, the project keeps in touch by offering a daily lunch program. Students come back for a nutritious, free lunch provided by MMHCH. This also provides an opportunity to check in with each student to see how they are doing, provide simple reminder lessons on lifeskills like hygiene, and provide some extra tutoring if needed.
This program is necessary to ensure these children continue to thrive, but it is costly to run annually. It costs approximately $196 a year to provide a meal to a child at Mercy Ministry Happy Children's Home.
General Support of Mercy Home
MMHCH is in need of financial support for educational supplies to run their program, including classroom supplies and uniforms, as well as medical care for the students. This project has a wider family focus as well – a micro-finance program is also being implemented for the children’s mothers, providing training on how to start and grow a business, how to manage savings and finances, and practical life skills around health and family life.
Funds donated to the general support of Mercy Home will be used for the greatest need at the time of distribution.
If you'd like further information on Mercy Ministry Happy Children's Home or the projects we support, please contact us.