This summer we are going to Ethiopia with Stand by Me to see how our support is changing the lives of hundreds of children who have been rescued from extreme poverty and now have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
During our trip we will be able to see the Bethany School where over 500 'at risk' children are receiving a free quality education, daily food and health care. We will also be able to visit the family homes which have been built in order to provide loving care for orphaned and abandoned children to grow up in.
As well as experiencing the Bekoji project, we will have time to go and see the communities that these children come from, the poverty, but also the hope that a charity like Stand by Me brings.
We know there are many challenges that these children, their families and their communities face and we are hoping to fundraise as part of our trip to support them. There are a number of current needs so please give whatever you can as it all adds up and will change the lives of amazing children.
£5 – can buy a pair of shoes for a child who doesn’t have any
£12 – can support a child with HIV and their family with one month’s life saving food, enabling them to keep fit, healthy and well nourished
£20 – can buy a water filter providing safe drinking water
£126 – can pay for a child to attend secondary school for a year, having graduated from the Bethany School
£300 – can provide an income generating grant for a very poor family, this will enable them to receive livestock, training and stand on their own two feet
£580 - can provide a water tank for water harvesting
£15,000 – can provide the money needed to rebuild and extend the school kitchen (ambitious we know)
Lawrie and Sheila Smithson, Anne Philip, David Gilchrist, Peter and Clare Kent, Jon Keel, Cathy Draper, Alison McKelvey and Laura Miller.