Quality Education for Orphan & Vulnerable Children

by Brave Hearts
Quality Education for Orphan & Vulnerable Children
Quality Education for Orphan & Vulnerable Children
Quality Education for Orphan & Vulnerable Children
Quality Education for Orphan & Vulnerable Children
Quality Education for Orphan & Vulnerable Children
Quality Education for Orphan & Vulnerable Children
Quality Education for Orphan & Vulnerable Children
Quality Education for Orphan & Vulnerable Children
Quality Education for Orphan & Vulnerable Children
Quality Education for Orphan & Vulnerable Children
Quality Education for Orphan & Vulnerable Children
Quality Education for Orphan & Vulnerable Children
Quality Education for Orphan & Vulnerable Children
Quality Education for Orphan & Vulnerable Children
Quality Education for Orphan & Vulnerable Children
Quality Education for Orphan & Vulnerable Children
Quality Education for Orphan & Vulnerable Children
Quality Education for Orphan & Vulnerable Children
Quality Education for Orphan & Vulnerable Children
Quality Education for Orphan & Vulnerable Children
Quality Education for Orphan & Vulnerable Children
Quality Education for Orphan & Vulnerable Children
Entrance to BHE's new drop in center
Entrance to BHE's new drop in center

This quarter has been with challenges and rewards as we celebrate BHE moving to its new home not far from our previous drop in center. Although we had been rushed to relocate, we were able to find a suitable center nearby with little disruption to the services we provide to the kids. I express my deepest gratitude to the ground team that did an amazing job of facilitating BHE's relocation in record time.

BHE is currently supporting a total of 66 children and youth of which 28 students are learning in primary, 19 in secondary and 2 in higher education. I celebrate one of our youth, Sinafikish, for graduating with a Bachelor of Accounting and Finance from Addis Ababa University. I am very proud of Yonas and Samson who passed their 8th grade national exam along with three other students. It fills me with joy to know that our students are progressing in their academic studies with great results.

Since the core of our program is to transform lives through education, we continue to support vulnerable and at risk youth in staying engaged in their studies and focused on their education.

I am grateful to members of Rotract Youth Volunteers, who visited the program and supported our activities on the ground. I also express my appreciation to Dr. Amanuel and Dr. Nahom who volunteered health awareness sessions with the youth.

As always, I extend my deepest gratitude to our major partner, Dean Hanson and the Hanson Family Foundation for their dedicated support to empowering vulnerable children and youth through our program at Brave Hearts Ethiopia.

I also extend my warm appreciation to Reg Hankey, Tesednia Mekbib and the Pittards team, David Khandan, the Austability team, Sharon and George Marshall. Thank you to all our supporters, amazing staff, board of directors and volunteers. I am incredibly grateful for your unwavering dedication to the children at Brave Hearts.

We also deeply thank the support of each of our donors on GlobalGiving along with our other partners and staff. Thank you all and God Bless you!

 

Students during after school tutorial
Students during after school tutorial
New drop in center compound
New drop in center compound

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Fostering love and friendship in our BHE family
Fostering love and friendship in our BHE family

BHE is currently supporting 32 students in primary, 19 in secondary, 4 in higher education and 3 in TVET education. In the program, children and youth living close to our drop in center have the opportunity to attend daily after school tutorials and receive holistic care including educational, health and counseling support. 

Among the activities, one of the kids favorite is our Saturday Sessions. The group discussion provides the children and youth with a chance to express themselves on different topics, debate each other and learn to tolerate differences of opinion. “If we count our blessings, we lack nothing.” - Lemma, one of the youth in the program stated in one session.

The sessions in this quarter covered different areas including supporting each other as peers, counseling each other, mediating when there is conflict, educating and mentoring each other, practicing gratitude, kindness and integrity among others. 

As the  kids prepare to complete the school year this month and start their summer break, they have been discussing what activities they would like to partake in. They expressed their interest in drawing, reading books, practicing language, attending arts classes at their schools and participating in BHE's summer program among other activities.

The students are also active in their schools where they are participating in different arts programs, multimedia, child centered conferences and creating different content on youtube and tiktok. They are given awareness and guidance on safe use of the internet and using social media for creativity, education and sharing knowledge and information as well as having fun.

The activities at our drop in center are also child-centered where the children get to lead different sessions and get a say in what activities they would like to participate in. Our social workers strive to build confidence and key life skills in the youth so that they are well equipped to grow up as self reliant adults that can handle life's challenges and take charge of different opportunities.

We would like to deeply thank our major partner, Dean Hanson and the Hanson Family Foundation for supporting and empowering orphaned and vulnerable children and youth through our program.

As always, we express our heartfelt appreciation to the support of each of our donors on GlobalGiving along with our other partners and staff. Thank you all and God Bless you!

 

Our social workers and youth in a group session
Our social workers and youth in a group session
Encouraging children & youth to express themselves
Encouraging children & youth to express themselves
Learning to share and listen to different ideas
Learning to share and listen to different ideas

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Students studying in the BHE library
Students studying in the BHE library

At Brave Hearts Ethiopia, we regularly reward the children’s academic excellence. This has been a tradition at BHE to ensure students are acknowledged for their hard work and to encourage them and their peers to keep striving in their studies. 

BHE is currently supporting 3 students in pre-school, 28 in primary, 16 in secondary, 4 in higher education and 2 in TVET education. We joyfully awarded the excelling students in our program with certificates and gifts at the start of the year. We were extremely proud that four of our students ranked 1st and five ranked up to 10th in their class.

The award ceremony coincided with Ethiopian Christmas celebrations and was a joyous occasion celebrated by children, guardians, BHE board members, staff and invited guests.

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela

Literacy is a core aspect of our holistic care program at Brave Hearts, as we aim to transform the lives of vulnerable children through quality education. BHE continues to provide children and youth with access to our library containing over 15,000 books.

At BHE we provide Computer Literacy to ensure children have access to modern education and technology alongside their studies and tutorials. Peer to peer support is one of the key ways younger children learn from the youth in the program on various software.

As an additional reward, the children and youth got to participate in a fun trip to Entoto national park. They enjoyed the extracurricular activity as they walked through the park and visited its different sceneries. They had fresh air and laughed together as they spent the day with each other and the staff.

The students continue to receive holistic care including daily healthy after school meals, tutorial, educational material and clothing support, health and sanitation, counseling and psychosocial support as well as income generation for their guardians. 

We believe the continued effort towards quality education and their well rounded care is the key to transforming their lives and ensuring the youth have bright futures. 

“Educating all of our children must be one of our most urgent priorities. We all know that education, more than anything else, improves your chances of building better lives.” — Nelson Mandela

We would like to thank Dean Hanson and the Hanson Family Foundation for enabling us to carry out this aim through their generous establishment of our library and continued belief in youth education.

We also deeply thank the support of each of our donors on GlobalGiving along with our other partners and staff. Thank you all and God Bless you!

 

Celebrating Ethiopian Christmas with BHE Family
Celebrating Ethiopian Christmas with BHE Family
Rewarding students with high academic achievement
Rewarding students with high academic achievement
Fun trip at Entoto Park for BHE students
Fun trip at Entoto Park for BHE students
Children and youth checking out sites in the park
Children and youth checking out sites in the park
Youth and staff enjoying the park's fresh air
Youth and staff enjoying the park's fresh air

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Eyerusalem on her Graduation Day
Eyerusalem on her Graduation Day

Our vision at Brave Hearts Ethiopia is to see a world where poverty is non-existent. We aim to break the cycle of poverty by empowering vulnerable communities to become self-sufficient through the transformative impact of high-quality education. 

BHE is currently supporting 32 students in primary, 19 in secondary, 4 in higher education. During the summer we supported the children in our program by improving their literacy skills through our summer book reading program. Our library at our drop in center has over 13,000 books that are leveled appropriately for children of different ages.

We are proud as almost all of our students progress to their next school level. This quarter we also were filled with delight as Eyerusalem graduated after earning her Diploma in Accounting!

We are proud of Eyerusalem who is one of the youth in the Brave Hearts Ethiopia program since 2014. She and her two siblings had lost their parents at a young age. After joining the BHE program they were provided with educational and holistic support including counseling.

BHE supported Eyerusalem in attending private college and continuing her education after high school. Eyerusalem has become an enthusiastic leader and a role model to the younger children. 

She supported the younger kids in the program through peer mentorship and group discussions during counseling sessions. Now Eyerusalem is a confident, hard working young woman with a bright future ahead of her. She is looking forward to continuing higher education.

"My graduation is not the end, it is the beginning." stated Eyerusalem with energy and passion. We deeply thank Eyerusalem's sponsor and major partner, Dean Hanson and the Hanson Family Foundation in helping her succeed and reach this stage. 

Despite the hard times we face with the pandemic and national hardship, we are encouraged to keep going on our mission to empower orphaned and vulnerable children, youth and their families through our holistic care model towards sustainable self reliance. 

We thank the support of each of our donors on GlobalGiving along with our other partners and staff. Thank you all and God Bless you!

Eyerusalem (in the middle) with her siblings
Eyerusalem (in the middle) with her siblings
Eyerusalem during a home visit after joining BHE
Eyerusalem during a home visit after joining BHE
Eyerusalem at the BHE drop in center
Eyerusalem at the BHE drop in center

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Lemma with BHE children on his graduation day
Lemma with BHE children on his graduation day

It fills all of us at Brave Hearts Ethiopia with immense joy as Lemma begins university. A student with special needs, Lemma graduated high school earlier this year with outstanding grades and a determination to pursue his tertiary education. Lemma is an intelligent young man with cerebral palsy and a difficult past but his efforts have provided him with a shining future!

After joining BHE in 2014, Lemma was provided with holistic care and regular counseling to help him overcome his childhood trauma. His special needs have and continue to be fully catered to, ensuring that they do not provide a barrier to his education.

Brave Hearts also supported Lemma in successfully reuniting him with his family three years ago. Lemma and his father, who was previously unable to take care of him, are both overjoyed to have each other back in their lives. Lemma’s dad now takes care of his needs at home including cooking and supporting Lemma in his mobility both within and outside their home.

Lemma was fortunate enough to attend a private school where he received quality education and thrived in the academically-stimulating and supportive environment. He excelled in high school as a scholarship student. During his schooling, Lemma was awarded prizes for his incredible performance in academic competitions.

Furthermore, Lemma worked hard to overcome the additional challenges presented by the Coronavirus pandemic. “I spent the pandemic studying and gave full attention to the subjects I struggled with, which helped me achieve the results I wanted in the national exam,” Lemma shared.

His dad beamed with pride as he attended Lemma’s graduation ceremony at his high school. The other Brave Hearts’ children and staff also celebrated with Lemma and took pictures with him in his graduation gown. Lemma’s loving nature and infectious happiness make him an amazing member within the BHE family.

In June, we held an award ceremony at the BHE centre for all of the children who scored outstanding grades in the academic year. Four of our students ranked 1st in their year level and another five were ranked within the top ten in their year. This made us extremely proud to witness. Lemma is an incredible role model for these younger students. His success proves the merits of unrivaled dedication and inspires them to strive to fulfill their full potential.

Lemma started university with a big smile on his first day. “I met new people who have been extremely helpful and friendly. They help me move around the university campus with ease” Lemma stated.

After his first year, Lemma will be able to choose a specific field he wants to study. Lemma aspires to become a software engineer. He has come a long way and all of us at Brave Hearts Ethiopia are unbelievably proud of his journey and achievements. Lemma continues to serve as an example for all of us, as well as a mentor who gives advice to our younger members at BHE. “I am forever grateful for my Brave Hearts family and their continuous support.”

I would like to express our deep gratitude to Dean and the Hanson Family Foundation for their partnership over the last 8 years. Their support has enabled Brave Hearts to focus on empowering orphaned and vulnerable youth like Lemma through quality education.

It has been a difficult year globally and many challenges still await us in Ethiopia. Nevertheless, your support has ensured that our students and communities are fully supported.

I would also like to thank Sharon, Tsedenya, Reg and Pittards UK for their support. I know that Lemma’s achievement will make them very proud. Finally, a heartfelt appreciation to Sharon and George, Lemma’s sponsors, for their commitment, love and support since 2017.

Thank you all and God Bless you!

 

Lemma's dad helping him with mobility
Lemma's dad helping him with mobility
Lemma's dad cooking them a meal
Lemma's dad cooking them a meal
Lemma and his dad on his graduation day
Lemma and his dad on his graduation day
Lemma on his first day at university
Lemma on his first day at university
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