The Arega Wolle Center - established 2007
Located in the beautiful lakeside city of Awassa, the Arega center serves local poor and orphaned children enrolled in our program. This program is designed to provide needy children the opportunity of getting nutritional food, education, personal hygiene, spiritual guidance and counseling. Children at this center also receive aid in physical development through regular medical checkups and health education. Our volunteers, paid staff, and indigenous partners also provide recreational activities, educational field trips and vocational training. Accountability and adult mentoring provide the students with skills in becoming hardworking, honest and productive members of the community
In 2007 this center was the dream of a few people who provided care for 8 children. Now Awassa is the crown jewel of Elpis. Providing care to 60+ children and connected family members. The Arega Wolle Center has achieved local and national acclaim being rated as a model NGO in Ethiopia. The growth of this program and the current achievements are a direct result of our dedicated Ethiopian National Staff and the many American volunteers and donors.
Barhar Dar Center - established 2011
Located in the Northwest part of Ethiopia, Barhar Dar is one of the top visited tourist cities in the country. Boasting beautiful surroundings and one of the largest lakes in Ethiopia, this city has had enormous growth over the last ten years. Rapid urbanization has led to a high disparity between the rich and the poor. Religiously, this region is one of the most contentious and boasts a rich heritage of the three largest traditions. Jewish Ethiopians date their relationship back to the time of King Solomon and his relationship with the Queen of Sheba.
Christians have long since called this country home, beginning with the biblical conversion of the Ethiopian Eunuch by Phillip., Then in the 4th Century King Ezana made Christianity the national religion of Ethiopia. Islam also esteems Ethiopia because it was a sanctuary for Muhammad's family during a time of war, allowing them to escape persecution. These three traditions often find conflict in the Northern areas producing even more strain on the impoverished,leaving children orphaned, families destroyed, and a high level of skepticism and mistrust among the people.
The Barhar Dar center provides care for over 40 children from all religious and familial backgrounds. Every child who enters care receives education, medical care, three meals a day - 7 days a week, and love from workers who desire to help them overcome their circumstance to become leaders in the community of Barhar Dar. The unique task of caring for these children and gaining trust in the community has been slow, but through the efforts of our partners and Passport 4 Hope teams this center has become a beacon of hope for many in this region.
What We've Achieved
- Two Feeding Centers meeting the needs of more than 100 orphaned children
- Clean water project in Bole, Addis Ababa, providing water to more than 18,000 residents
- Sustainable and Clean Sewage project in Bole Region for residents
- Specialized training for child care workers and volunteers
- National recognition as a model Feeding and Care Center in Ethiopia
- Awarded technology grant from Cisco
- The first six children in the program graduated from local universities and now give back to Ethiopia and Elpis International
- Partnered to create a private school for underprivileged children
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