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EMBRACING HOPE ETHIOPIA INC

To help the poor to Embrace Hope in all areas of life.

New Holland, PA   |  www.EmbracingHopeEthiopia.com

Mission

Our mission is to partner with God, individuals and the local church in ministering with the poor, orphans and vulnerable children (and their families) of Ethiopia using compassionate, holistic practices that promote sustainability, transformation, community, and Christian discipleship which invades all areas of life for this and future generations.

Ruling year info

2011

Managing Director

SARAH VISSER

Ethiopia Director

Alayu Tadesse

Main address

PO BOX 433

New Holland, PA 17557 USA

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EIN

27-3553078

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Christian (X20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Embracing Hope works among the poorest of the poor families living in the Kore's slum of Addis Ababa. In 2010 we identified a large number of mothers with young children who were begging on the streets of Addis Ababa. Through interviews with these Moms we learned that they were willing to work if they had daycare. In 2011 Embracing Hope opened a daycare so that Moms could start working and stop begging. From this starting place a holistic development model evolved that could meet the physical, educational, emotional, social and spiritual needs of families. Our model is designed to create a partnership with families which provides them ownership, thus reducing the impact of dependency.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

HOLISTIC CHILD DEVELOPMENT

We are providing a holistic intervention for the poorest of the poor children and their single moms to enable them to go to work during the day. Children are provided with: Day Care, Elementary School, Food, Basic Needs, including clothing, Free Health Care and Hygiene, Life Skills Training, Micro-Grants, Micro-Savings, Community Building, Dignity Restoration and Spiritual Ministry. All children are provided with a safe, clean, caring environment where they can thrive while Moms no longer have to take the children with them to working situations or begging situations. Children served are ages 0 - 7. Currently we have 65 children in Nursery School through KG , and 48 children in Day Care. We employ 43 Ethiopians for the day to day operations.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

We are serving families in the Amhara region of Ethiopia who were left displaced as a result of war in 2021 and ongoing violent conflicts. These mothers experienced unbelievable trauma as many watched their husbands killed, were themselves raped and then had to leave all of their possessions behind as they fled to safety. Many children have lost one or both parents, some were even forced to watch these horrific acts committed against their loved ones. Embracing Hope is ministering to the holistic needs of 150 beneficiaries (with additional one-time gifts to others as the need arises). Needs served include some combination of: trauma counseling, grain and oil distribution, hygiene & sanitary supplies, housing support, medical care, social worker visitations, school supplies and clothes, micro-grants and spiritual counseling and support. In 2023, Embracing Hope added 42 orphan children to the program who have been living in refugee camps in Debre Birhan.

Population(s) Served
Families
Orphans
Widows and widowers
Victims of conflict and war
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students with good social and leadership skills and self-discipline

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

HOLISTIC CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our focus is to teach character to all of our children. This metric reflects children in our schools (Preschool thru Kindergarten year 2) all of whom are growing in this capacity.

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Adults, Parents

Related Program

HOLISTIC CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provide business training for those who are provided with micro-grants and also more sizable grants. We also provide scholarships for Mothers to be trained through other training centers.

Number of savings accounts used by clients

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Parents

Related Program

HOLISTIC CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Today, most parents do not have a legal residence ID, so they cannot open savings accounts.

Number of clients who become literate because of literacy education programs by the nonprofit

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Parents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Basic and advanced literacy training is provided to Parents.

Number of health outcomes improved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families

Related Program

HOLISTIC CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Including Prescriptions, Dr. visits and surgeries - all paid for by Embracing Hope.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Children attending Nursery School through Kindergarten who otherwise would not have a quality school to attend and children in upper grades who continue to receive supports.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

HOLISTIC CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of Children and their parents officially in the program as well as others served from the community. All beneficiaries are served daily and on an ongoing basis.

Number of students per teacher during the reporting period

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

HOLISTIC CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

20 children per teacher with usually 1 or 2 teacher's aids

Number of students per classroom during the reporting period

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

HOLISTIC CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of children who have emerging literacy skills such as beginning letter recognition and phonological awareness, story comprehension, and use of writing materials.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All families receive all services for Free.

Average wage of clients served (in dollars)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Victims and oppressed people, Parents, Widows and widowers, Children and youth

Related Program

HOLISTIC CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

With inflation there have been no resulting raises in pay for our beneficiaries.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Embracing Hope Ethiopia, a Christian charity founded in 2010, exists to partner with God, individuals, the local church and the poor themselves to see lives transformed, poverty cycles broken and families preserved in the name of Jesus Christ.

Serving among the poorest of the poor whom live in slum areas of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and trying to survive on less than $1 USD per day, EHE strives to see Mothers and their young children embrace hope in all areas of life; physically, emotionally, psychologically, relationally, intellectually and spiritually.

It was identified that many of the reasons for children being orphaned could be prevented if there was an organization who could walk holistically alongside Mothers who fiercely loved their children, yet had given up hope and had no one to care for their children while they worked. It is for this reason that we predominantly serve children under age 5 or pre-school age. A typical admission into our program is for children age 2 and younger - an underserved population within most development sectors.

EHE currently serves 142 children from 130 families living in the Kore' slum of Addis Ababa. Over 50% of these mothers were trying to make a living by begging along the roadside with their young child to try to get enough food for that day. Other mothers were doing menial, temporary work that permitted them to bring their children, but many times resulting in unsafe environments for children as well as inadequate salary to survive. All of the mothers were considered the poorest of the poor outcasts living in the slum and a number of them have chronic health conditions (including HIV) and disabilities.

We use a wide range of interventions in partnership with Mothers to help them to move toward sustainability and take a step out of the poverty cycle. Our work is focused on partnership with the mothers as well as local governments and other development organizations. We also are focused on making this a local movement by empowering nationals to oversee and work every level of the organization.

We are committed to seeing this intervention spread to other slum areas in Addis Ababa as well as in other urban areas of Ethiopia. There are those living on the edge in many locations who simply long to have someone walk alongside them.

Many Moms (because of their great love for their children) would choose to terminate their parental rights for the sake of having someone to watch them while they work, so that they could be fed, so that they could have an education or proper healthcare. Our strategies include:

1. Free Day Care. If a Mother is able to work, then she will see dignity restored. If a child is able to have a safe, clean, loving environment, then he or she will grow healthy while Mom is at work and be better positioned to learn and become a caring citizen who will contribute to society.

2. Hygiene. Many deadly illnesses are avoidable. By providing hygiene education, clean centers and hygiene materials, children and their families can grow healthy.

3. Education. By providing an education through Early Childhood Education even for infants, these children will learn to think differently and have a head start over their peers. Poverty will not be a barrier to a good education. By Learning basic Amharic and English at Age 3, children will be ready to attend Kindergarten at age 4 and be ahead of their peers as they move into formal education. By providing our own Kindergarten and Elementary School we can ensure a high quality, unparalleled education in a slum.

4. Nutrition. Basic nutrition provides the capacity to learn as well as to grow into a healthy adult. Over 20% of children in the Day Care were so malnourished they would not have survived without intervention. Now they are thriving. It also provides mothers the energy to work.

5. Special Needs Interventions. By providing extra for Moms with special cases (e.g. HIV) they can keep their children while addressing these needs. Just because a Mom is HIV+ is no reason for her to need to give up her child.

6. Health Care. Many of the poor do not have access to adequate health care and simple infections become killers. Proper health care results in saved lives and quality lives.

7. Adult Education. By addressing basic life skills and literacy education, we are empowering mothers to take part in stepping out of poverty.

8. Community Building. Many mothers had no one. Now, they have friends who care for them. They rely on each other within a family environment provided by our staff.

9. Micro Grants and Micro Savings Initiatives. Families are empowered to start small businesses and to save to create margin. Most Moms save over 1 months salary within 6 months of starting to save.

10. Family Sponsorships. Providing a reduced level of support for families who no longer require Day Care allow us to address poverty over the long run.

11. Counseling. Our Leadership Staff, Nurses and Social workers engage in formal and informal counseling with moms to help them break a cycle.

12. Spiritual Development. Encouraging Families to respond to Jesus as The One who fills our impoverished selves.

EHE has an experienced staff in all levels of the organization who care for individual mothers and their children to see them courageously break cycles that in many cases have existed for generations. By applying time tested development techniques linked with holistic care for Mothers and Children, lives are being changed.

EHE's on the ground team is made up of national staff many of whom have experience in working with large scale development organizations as well as local governments, health care organizations and educational institutions. In addition, expatriate volunteers serve alongside of them whom have decades of experience in working among the poor.

EHE's key to success is to engage mothers in the process of them making progress. Mothers have ownership of the organization and are considered stakeholders in addition to local governments, sub-city governments, federal government, faith based organizations and community based organizations.

All on the ground decisions and progress are managed by a local Ethiopian Board of Directors who have empowered an Ethiopian Executive Director. This Board of Directors is made up of professionals within the Development, Church and Social Work sectors. The organization is licensed by the Ethiopian Government through the Ministry of Justice Charities and Societies Agency. Physical and Financial Activity reports are filed with this agency on a quarterly and annual basis and progress is meticulously tracked by government agencies. All Ethiopian operations are audited yearly through an Ethiopian certified public accountant office.

Overall progress and accountability is assessed by a U.S. Board of Directors, one hundred percent of whom contribute financially to the work of Embracing Hope Ethiopia. The Board of Directors at present is made up of Professionals within Sociology, Medicine, Public Relations, Development, Education, Church and Accounting. This Board of Directors is responsible to maintain ethical integrity through regular reporting as well as a yearly formal Financial Review conducted by an independent certified public accountant and a Budgeting process.

We are focused on seeing families preserved and orphans prevented and it is working. To date only 6 families have dropped out of the program. All others have remained in the project and have kept their children with them despite crushing poverty. There are now over 400 less orphans than what there potentially would have been without intervention. These families are intact, the children are within their cultural origin and the family is thriving comparatively.

We have seen most moms within the project more than double their monthly salary since entering the project. Other Moms and children with significant health issues as well as severe malnourishment simply would not have survived without intervention. We have heard doctors say on multiple occasions, “If it had not been for EHE, this child would not be living today."

We also have seen stark changes in the physical, emotional, psychological, relational, intellectual and social outlook of children and moms. Most families arrive unable to maintain eye contact, sickly and withdrawn. Within six months these same families are engaged, healthy, robust and full of life. They are examples of joy and life.

Over 95% of Mothers in the project report to work somewhere in the city daily. Some have started their own businesses. Others have gained promising jobs. They are full of dignity and do whatever they can to give back to society. These Moms have remarked frequently about how EHE has become family to them and was there to help them when there was no one else.

We also have seen Moms responding to the love of Jesus. Proselytizing is forbidden, however many mothers have started to ask about the source of our hope in why we demonstrate love to them and serve them like we do.

There still is much to do. Because of limited resources we must turn away 1,300 mothers just in our local area per year. These mothers have great need and would benefit from a project like EHE's Early Childhood Intervention / Day Care Centers. There also are an additional 4 slum areas in Addis where children are at risk of being orphaned as well as other urban areas in Ethiopia where there is great need.

EHE is also looking for solutions to ensure that mothers are not becoming dependent on the services that are being provided. We are constantly tweaking our systems in order to move Mothers in partnership toward sustainability rather than dependency. For these cycles to be broken, we must continue to do the hard work of viewing each family on a case by case basis.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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EMBRACING HOPE ETHIOPIA INC

Board of directors
as of 04/17/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Kirsten Ditzler

Lancaster General Hospital

Term: 2017 - 2024

Gerald Shannon

A Child's Hope Int'l

Kirsten Ditzler

Lancaster General Hospital

Tymm Hoffman

Brighton Their World

Jennifer Boyd

Mission Medics, Boise Idaho

Mark Muthler

Coventry Church of the Brethren

Rachel Hohman

Penn State Health

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/28/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/09/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.