To purchasing the land and building the Boarding School and dorms in Saluta
H4H A Brief History
In 1992 Pastor Surafel returned to his homeland of Ethiopia to preach in a church in Addis Ababa. Leaving the church service he witnessed van loads of orphaned children literally turned out, abandoned onto the crowed city streets.
Born out of this event, a year later Hope for the Hopeless began by taking 39 of the most vulnerable children off the dangerous streets and placed in loving and nurturing environments where they were provided food, education and love.
25 years later, nearly 500 children are off the streets. One hundred of them are moving from the streets to drop-in centers where they are reintroduced to a loving environment and a culture off the streets. 300 children are placed in foster homes where they are provided for and go to school. Some children live and go to school at the boarding school in Saluta. All children receive the love, nurturing and education to become caring leaders within their communities. Many of the youth go on to college while others move to good trades through vocational schools.
There is Hope!
Opening the Multi-Purpose room 2016
Current Projects Underway
Well: We have had a study completed and are now seeking bids to drill a well. The community’s infrastructure is easily overloaded and often there are times the system breaks down and the residents go days without water, and extended periods of brownouts and blackouts.
Vocational programs are being prepared. Agricultural programs like aquaponics and organic farming practices such as composting and raising worms are being developed.
Start-up Loans: We that will begin providing startup funds for small businesses helping people get the hand-up they need to provide sustainability for themselves and their families.
HIV/AIDS: Hope also works with the local Protestant Churches to provide training for local pastors and church leaders. Hope has led 4 seminars on the church’s response to HIV/AIDS, training over 400 leaders that serve churches with collectively over 100,000 members. These seminars have addressed the stigma of AIDS in the church and communities and helped them move to ministries of compassion and support.
Leadership and Development: There are a number of new programs in the planning stages which continue to meet our commitment to helping children become productive adults and good citizens of Ethiopia. Hope will continue to provide safety and shelter for those who live and are victimized on the streets. Our commitment is to then nurture them, educationally, socially and spiritually helping themselves realize their fullest potential, and helping Ethiopia be the best it can be.
H4H More of our Story ...
Are there really people who live without hope? As Christians, we trust that with God all things are possible, but realize it often requires that we become the source of hope for those in need. This is the cornerstone of Hope for the Hopeless as we reach out to the children of the streets and help them to be children with a future.
How can a child become a good parent if they have never been part of a loving home? How can a child become a good citizen unless they have been taught how to care for others? How can a child be a contributing member of society unless they have been given the skills to contribute? How can a child become a loving expression of faith in God unless they have been loved by the people of God?
A pastor returns to the home he had to escape from years before because of the persecution he faced for his religious beliefs. He finds a country that needs to rebuild. His heart is convicted to help in this rebuilding by supporting the most vulnerable, least powerful members, the children. Hope was originally started to get young girls, some as young as 4 years old, off the streets of Addis Ababa. Because of war, the A.I.D.S. epidemic, and extreme poverty thousands of children were, and still are, orphaned or abandoned with no social service network to help. Hope continues to expand to make hope “alive” for as many children as we can.
For the next years, it was Pastor Surafel’s pure determination that kept hope “alive” both literally and figuratively. Maxing out his credit card, raising what funds he could through local Ethiopian contacts and any mission group that would listen, the ministry continued. Finally, the story of Hope began to be heard and more people were moved by Surafel’s compassionate and dedicated heart.
Even while he was barely keeping the ministry funded, he would tell everyone of his dream that someday Hope could purchase some land and build a self-sustaining community for the kids. Many would smile and nod, but few believed this hope would be realized.
Finally, in 2006 a group accepted Surafel’s repeated invitations and visited Ethiopia to see the ministry. The group was hooked. By 2008, 5 acres of land was purchased in Sululta, a city just outside Addis Ababa. In the following years, dorms were built which can house up to 90 kids, a school was built and has been open for two years, with an enrollment of 180 students this year, a multi-purpose building was completed in 2016, and a clinic was completed 2017. During this time we opened a new group home in Addis Ababa for youth.
Both the school and the clinic serve not only our children from Hope, but also the city of Sululta. Sululta, which we guesstimate to be around 40,000 people, only had two clinics to serve the community until we opened ours.
Opening of the Medical Clinic 2017
H4H Youth leading Worship in the new Multi-Purpose Room
From the streets