One of the most devastating consequences of the pandemic has been the rapid rise in the number of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. In Ethiopia, there are over a million children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
Many of these children have to contend with the loss of their parents and the responsibility of caring for younger siblings. That was why P2P identified the orphans issue as one of the areas where it could make contributions.
Orphan Sponsorship Program
The Orphan Sponsorship program is intended to provide assistance to children in Ethiopia and to bring the plight of HIV/AIDS orphans to the attention of governments, organizations active in the fight against HIV/AIDS and the Canadian public at large. P2P provides basic necessities such as food, medical care, schooling assistance and psychosocial support to children orphaned due to HIV/AIDS. P2P also provides vocational training for older orphans.
The amount of sponsorship is $30/month for each child. P2P covers the administrative cost of the Orphan Sponsorship program. Besides, providing support, P2P has given hope to these children and enabled them to stay in school. P2P played a lead role in setting-up the administrative structure for a sponsorship program that would link orphans in Ethiopia with families in North America and Europe.
- Only $360 per year or $30 per month to sponsor an orphan, with annual reporting and pictures.
- 100% of donation goes to support the orphan and their family.
- Individual Orphan Sponsorship with ability to select, communicate with and visit sponsored child.
- Single country focus facilitates cultural sensitivity.
- Committed to an exit strategy for the child once they reach 18 years of age. Unlike other organizations, we have developed life skills and vocational training programs that are centric to the individual child.
- Strong Partner Organization in Addis Ababa – HIWOT HIV/AIDS Prevention Care & Support Organization (HAPCSO)
- Founded in 1999
- One of largest local NGOs
- Strong corporate structure with experienced, committed and active Board of Directors – 90 full time employees and approximately 700 volunteers
- Varied funding but largest support from Family Health International
- HAPCSO supports over 10,000 OVCs in various ways – financial, educational, nutritional, medical, psychological, ethical and social.
- HAPCSO supports over 700 adults and youths suffering from HIV/AIDS through their Home-Based Care program
- Active in all 10 sub-cities of Addis Ababa but most active in one of the most impoverished areas of Kolfe Keryanio
- 2004 The Access Award – given in recognition of HAPCSO’s engagement of Idirs by Family Health International at the July 2004 World AIDS Day Conference in Bangkok
- 2003 Center for International Learning Award given in recognition of HAPCSO’s Home-Based Care Program
- Sister Tibebe Maco, Founder and Director of HAPCSO
- Founded HAPCSO with own personal funds
- Widely respected within Ethiopia by government and NGO communities
- 2008 – Humanitarian Award in the Field of Health given to Tibebe Maco by the World of Children, a NY based NGO at the UNICEF Headquarters in NY.
- 2001 – The Africa Prize for Leadership given to Tibebe Maco in recognition of her courageous fight to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia by the Hunger Project, a NY based NGO.
- HAPCSO – Grass Roots Organization taking responsibility for own community. It’s a GREAT story!
- Cultivates ethic of volunteerism and community mobilization
- Trains community volunteers to provide care, support and supervision for OVCs and people living with the virus in their community.
- Currently over 700 volunteers have been trained and ongoing supervision/training provided.
- Holistic Offering through HAPCSO’s breadth of programs
- OVCs – support, care, counseling, memory projects, education, youth clubs, recreational activities
- Home-Based Care – nursing care, ART administration, food preparation
- HIV/AIDS Prevention & Education – Peer Leadership Programs, Condom Promotion, Song & Dance Clubs
- Income Generating – life skills and vocational training, micro-credit, empowerment of commercial sex workers,
- Household Nutritional Gardening
- Soup Kitchens
- Capacity Building – ability to support other initiatives through HAPCSO’s holistic structure
- Operation Shower
- Vocational Training
- Education – Literacy and basic education is essential to eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, curbing population growth, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy.
- Provide support to keep children in school with regular attendance – need holistic approach to ensure this
- Vocational Training Program for orphans approaching 18 years of age
- Library project
- Other Partners
- Ethiopia Reads, Yohannes Gebregeorgis – one of 10 finalists for CNN Hero of the Year Award 2008
- Ethiopian North American Health Professionals – ENAHPA delivered the first free ART drugs to Ethiopia. Prior to ART availability, HAPCSO was losing 2 to 3 HIV/AIDS patients per day. With ART the numbers are now less than 1 HIV/AIDS patient dying per month.
- Christian Children’s Fund of Canada
- Children (16 years of age and younger) account for more than half of the population in Ethiopia (about 40 million). 1
- One in every thirteen Ethiopian children dies before reaching the age of one.1
- Malnutrition is a major cause of death among children in Ethiopia, with nearly half (47%) of children under five suffering stunted growth, 11 percent wasted and 38 % underweight. 1
- Youth (16 -24) literacy rates, 2000 – 2006 Male 62% Female 39% 2
43% of non-orphans (children 10 – 14 years old living with at least one parent) attend school and 26% of children who are double orphans attend school. 3
- In 2005, Ethiopia counted 4.8 million orphans of which 2.3 million were maternal, 3.2 million were paternal and more than 660,000 were double orphans. 1.0 million of these children are orphaned due to HIV/AIDS. 3
- A considerable number of double orphans are likely to end up as unaccompanied child-headed households. Ethiopia is home to more than 77, 000 unaccompanied child-headed households; the second highest figure in sub-Saharan Africa. 1
- The majority of unaccompanied child-headed households (59 %) were headed by girls and 41 % headed by boys 1
- A third of unaccompanied child-headed households comprise three siblings.
- Nearly a quarter consists of one child living alone.
- 12 % of the households comprise four members and 15% have two members.
- 11% have five siblings and 5 % contain six siblings.
- Children heading households face tremendous emotional and psychological challenges, and live with the constant memory of their departed parents. These children suffer from fear and anxiety related to:
- Loss of parents
- Playing an adult role
- Hopelessness and desperation
- Stigma and discrimination
- Orphans and Vulnerable Children have tremendous needs
- Health –suffer acute and chronic illnesses with little access to healthcare and difficulty articulating health problems
- Nutrition – begging, sex for food, hazardous labour
- Education – lengthy periods of absence or drop out, no parental guidance – forms a vicious circle of ignorance and stagnation
- Housing – most live in dilapidated and crumbling mud houses or under plastic sheets
- Orphans and Vulnerable Children face tremendous issues of safety, security and vulnerability
- Girls are at greater risk as they are exposed to rape, sexual assault, pregnancy and prostitution
- Child labour
- Suffer from property grabbing by relatives and neighbours
- Statistics from Africa Child Policy Forum, September 2008 Report
- UNICEF Basic Indicators
- UNAIDS and UNICEF 2006
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