The HOPE+ Ethiopia program seeks to alleviate the need for HIV+ mother’s to relinquish their children and was born out of a desire to honor the birth mothers of the children of Project HOPEFUL’s volunteers. The goal of the Project HOPEFUL HOPE+ Ethiopia program is to Help Others Perform Excellently through a determination to provide HOLISTIC care for infected mothers and their families in order to prevent unnecessary loss. These goals will be achieved by emotionally, spiritually and physically supporting families with HIV+ persons (primarily mothers) by providing them access to vital medical care, helping them obtain self –sustainability, and linking mothers to “sisters” in the US who will develop relationships for support and friendship.
Our goal is that Mothers won’t have to place their children in orphanages because of inability to provide for her family. Women will NOT be vilified because of their HIV status. We want these women to know that THEY MATTER! Project HOPEFUL wishes to provide HOPE to mothers in Ethiopia and connect them to women in the U.S.
The Program uses a 3-fold strategy to empower our women to face the future with hope:
One: Rehabilitation program in the recovery center. This “in-house” phase includes counseling,
nutritional education, sanitation education, as well as medical evaluation and treatment for the women and their children. It lasts approximately 2 months. While in the recovery center, the women also identify possible job skill training opportunities. A home visit is performed to assess whether or not the occupation they choose is appropriate for their living situation. We also provide 3 meals a day as well as a snack for the mothers and their children during their time in the program in additional to covering transportation charges to medical appointments and any needed clothing. Our hope is that they also know they are not alone.
Two: Economic empowerment program (job skills training according to each woman’s interest). During
this component, the women move back into their individual homes (but still meet weekly with the other women in the program). They undergo training in an occupation of their choosing. They also choose a “group income producing project” which they partake in with other members of their group. This project will continue to tie the women together long after they leave the program. “To educate a man is to educate his family; to educate a woman is to educate the world”
Three: A micro-financing loan is provided in order to launch her small business. This is followed by monitoring and evaluation (follow-up care). HOPE sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible. The ET sisterhood program is 40 dollars a month for 6 months. If you are interested in partnering with us, please email Nancy@projecthopeful.org