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Neema Children's Home

Neema Children’s Home was established in 2005 by Joshua and Miriam Mbithi to care for HIV+ affected and infected children. There are numerous effects of HIV/AIDS on Kenyan society and more so the stability of families, however the obvious victims are the helpless children.
It is with this concern in mind coupled with God’s call that the Mbithis set up Neema Children’s Home. Neema is a Kiswahili word meaning “Grace”.
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Philippines - Philemon

Bruce and Elaine have been supporting and working with Roy and Adora since January 2007 and are impressed by their dedication and commitment to see the lives of the poor and disadvantaged turned around.     This association has strengthened and we have made numerous self-funded trips to the Philippines and with some limited support in Australia and the support of Roy and Adora, have self-funded a school that has grown way beyond what anyone of us could have imagined                                          


             Bruce and Elaine                                 Roy and Adora                           .


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Ethiopia -Wolaita

The Daughters of Charity sisters arrived in 1985 in Wolaita-Soddo to support various social services to the local community.
Following a feeding program, the sisters commenced non-formal skill training for women and girls and gradually constructed a separate premise called “Mariam Women’s Training Centre” with the object of enabling marginalized women and girls to achieve better employment and/or income generating opportunities.


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BOR-B Bonga Boarding Houses

The Bonga Boarding Houses - Project Officer Emma Lewis

These houses help to support students from rural areas by providing them with accommodation, so they can live in Bonga, Ethiopia to attend high school or further education.

Your sponsorship will help to feed, clothe, educate, provide school books and medical costs to vulnerable children who would not have the opportunity of an education had they remained in their villages, as their families are very poor and schooling finishes at grade 6, therefore they cannot afford to send them to school in Bonga.                                                                                    

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DOC & DOL - Jimma Child Sponsorship

(Project Officer: Christine Hoffman & Sandi Petersen)
Development and Welfare and Relief

Children in this program are aged from pre-school to teens, and are often in orphan siblings groups or in homes where poverty and illness are seriously limiting the capacity of parents to provide adequately for them, leaving the children at risk of malnutrition and illiteracy. 


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JBE -Jimma - Blind Education

Education for Blind Children

(Project Officer: Sandi Petersen)
Relief and Development    

This project which started in 2010 is providing education for children with vision impairment in Jimma. There are no educational facilities for blind children in the region.

Many schools in Ethiopia are very basic with 60-100 students in each class, and often no books or facilities, so for a blind child to learn in this environment is almost impossible. Ever since I became aware of the challenges blind children face in Ethiopia through some of the children in our sponsorship projects, I have hoped to somehow help them get to school.

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BBL - Bonga Elementary School

The Bonga Elementary School is the oldest school in the poorest of poor areas. Over 950 children attend the school from Grade 3- Grade 8.
This school has no resources what so ever.


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LIW-school - Liwan and Dekia Housing

A Boarding House for Liwan Students in Dekia  

Given the Liwan School only goes up to grade 4, those reaching higher grades come to Dekia to continue their schooling. There are now about 24 children – including 6 girls – in Dekia attending grade 5, 6 and 7. This is very exciting, given no one in their village had ever reached this level of schooling, and I hope that in years to come, these students will be able to help their village through being teachers, nurses, engineers and other skills so that Liwan can become a self sufficient thriving community.


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LHP - Liwan - Health Post

A Health-Post for Liwan   

Liwan is a very remote village that WFA has been involved in over the past 5 years after we were approached with a plea to help provide a school and clean water for the village. The village is home to the Shuro people who have been marginalised and isolated, with no shared language with other cultural groups. The whole village was illiterate and they had no clean water, no toilets, no reliable food source and lacked health care and other basic services. Please see the following website for further information:                                                                                            

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Kenya Testimony Faith Homes

Kenya Testimony Faith Homes

Situated in Eldoret, Kenya, Testimony Faith Homes is currently comprised of three homes for children ages 3-17 and two   hostels for girls and boys aged over 18. Each house has an employed set of parents who care for the children in their care as they would their own family. Each house has approximately 40 children in the family from various tribal backgrounds and different circumstances as to how they became orphaned. Testimony School is located on the compound along with boarding facilities for both primary and secondary students as well as a Day Care Centre. The school’s financial governance is separated from that of the homes and it does not contribute to the homes financially. However, the school does provide the children of Testimony Homes with free education and opportunities that the children would otherwise not receive.


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DOL - Jimma Medical

Jimma Medical (project officer: Sandi Petersen): Relief
The hundreds of families now living in Gingo and Tulema Leprosy Communities were once living on the street and in the local cemetery, describing themselves as ‘living above the dead, but below the living’.  
This project provides funds for children in need of medical help who are unable to pay to travel to get help or who can not pay for treatment or equipment. This fund was started for a child in a leprosy community with a congenital hole in her heart requiring surgery. In June 2007 this child went to Israel for surgery. Other children continue to need assistance through this fund. 
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DOL - Jimma Housing

Project Goals


The projects in Jimma support a multifaceted and holistic approach for the poor provided by the Daughters of Charity in this area, including a Leprosy Community School Project, a housing project, sponsorship of children in the leprosy communities and in the broader community, and assistance to those with medical needs when required. Through the Lazarist Priests, WFA supports a project providing training, mentoring and equipment to set up groups of ten youths in small business projects. In Jimma, WFA also provides education for blind children. The aim of these projects is to provide support for vulnerable individuals and communities in ways which empower them with education and training, alongside assistance to improve their living standards (by providing access to housing and assistance with access to medical care). The changes visible in the lives of individuals and in the communities over the past seven years are wonderful to witness. 


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DOL - Jimma Education

Jimma Leprosy Communities Schools (project officer: Sandi Petersen):

Through this project WFA has funded the building of a pre-school in Tulema Leprosy Village for educating and food support for over 100 children. The current focus is to assist (with other donors) extending Gingo School to grade 4. Those in the leprosy communities were suffering from devastating poverty, previously living on the streets with no income other than begging. Access to schooling has made an enormous difference to the self esteem and future opportunities for the entire community.

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BGW & BGWA - Brothers of Good Works Counselling

Addis Ababa Project

Coordinated by Morgan Smith

Brothers of Good Works Counseling and Social Services Centre (Previously Medical Missionaries of Mary)

Two projects are currently offered through Brothers of Good Works:


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SAM - Samerro

Samerro Project

coordinated by Gemma Pilcher

Samerro is a small rural village in Western Ethiopia, toward the Sudan border. The village population is just over 2000 people, of which 98% are subsistence farmers. The poverty is great and without education there is little hope of improvement for the next generation.

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LAL – Assistance to destitute children in Lalibela

Lalibela Project

Lalibela is a remote town known for its ancient rock hewn churches and every year more than 55,000 people make a religious pilgrimage to Lalibela because of its spiritual significance in Ethiopia. The landscape surrounding Lalibela is rugged and mountainous and is one of the regions affected by the devastating droughts of the past decades. The town has many homeless children and elderly people who are living on the street without food or shelter. 


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L&H MKI & MKS - Meskele Kristos Education & Care

Meskele Kristos is a desperately poor village where the families struggle to provide for the needs of their family members. Children often go hungry, suffer from malnutrition and illness. Many don’t even own a pair of shoes or enough clothes to complete one outfit for them to wear.


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Projects in Bonga

The projects in Bonga are a multifaceted and holistic approach for the poor in this area 

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BMF - Bonga Medical Outreach Clinics

Project Officer: Sandi Petersen   Relief and Development
This project supports the Jimma Hospital/University deliver Prosthetic Services to Bonga and the many small villages out from Bonga in the Kaffa region, southwest Ethiopia.


    Prosthetics clinic serving a huge need                   


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Bonga Rural Projects

The projects in Bonga Rural Region are a multifaceted and holistic approach for the poor in this area.          

They include: 
  • the Liwan School and Clean Water project,                                                                                       
  • The Shashenda Library,
  • The Boarding House for rural students in Bonga,                                                                          
  • the Flood Relief Program,
  • the Child Sponsorship Program in conjunction with the Lazarist Priests.                                             



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BOR - Bonga Rural Sponsorship Program

 Project Officer: Emma Lewis  

Development and Welfare and Relief
Providing educational support and assistance for community development

A portion of the child sponsorship goes toward providing food and educational support to disadvantaged children, many of whom would not be able to attend school without this assistance.

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BFC & BFC-K Bonga Kindergarten & sponsorship

Project officer: Christine Hoffman  

Relief and Development

This project started as a feeding centre support for 90 malnourished children but with WFA support has now become a pre-school providing food and education for the regions most disadvantaged children aged 3 to 7yrs.

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DOB - Bonga Town Sponsorship Program

Project officer: Sandi Petersen    Development and Welfare and Relief

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