Meet Hanna Orphan’s Home

Meet Hanna Orphan’s Home

Meet Hanna Orphan’s Home

Name

Hanna Orphan’s Home

Oakseed ministry partner since 2019

Location

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Ministry Focus

Caring for Orphans

About Hanna Orphan’s Home

Hanna Orphan’s Home (HOH) cares for children who lost parents to the HIV/AIDS epidemic by providing a Christian home and family environment. Additionally, HOH provides support services to vulnerable children in their local community, a medical clinic for impoverished families, and an income-generation program where single mothers are trained and supplied with small-business loans to start their own businesses.

Around 200 children benefit from HOH’s services, including enrollment in a local school, after-school tutoring programs, meals, weekly Bible studies, counseling, and access to the ministry’s library. During the summer break, children participate in a special program designed to present the gospel while cultivating and exploring talents and interests, culminating in an art and innovation talent show.

About Ethiopia

Ethiopia borders Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti, Kenya, Sudan, and South Sudan. Although it is the largest and most populated country in the Horn of Africa, it remains one of the poorest in the world. In addition, HIV/AIDS has wreaked havoc on the country for the past 40 years, with AIDS becoming one of the leading causes of adult deaths.

Of the millions of orphans in Ethiopia, about 30% are AIDS orphans. The state is unable to provide adequate care for these orphans and other vulnerable children, leaving many exposed to neglect and abuse. Ethiopia has a child poverty rate of 88% and a literacy rate of 49%, leaving these children in a highly vulnerable situation.

Child Sponsorship at Hanna Orphan’s Home

You can sponsor a child at Hanna Orphan’s Home through Oakseed. When you sponsor a child here, you will meet his/her basic needs of food, clothing, medical care, and education. When we receive news that your sponsored child has come home sick from school, is taking a significant exam, shows interest in the gospel, or has other prayer requests, we will share that with you. You can exchange video messages, pictures, and letters with your sponsored child. For more information, visit our sponsorship page.

House Mothers at HOH

Liaison Notes

Ministry must be done carefully because the orthodox church is very powerful and very anti-evangelical in its power within the government structure of Ethiopia. At the same time, the government sees that the work these brothers and sisters are doing is effective and allows them to continue. At Hanna Orphan’s Home, much of the instruction is during school holidays (the summer rainy season when government schools are out). During the school year, Young Life volunteers come once a week and build relationships with the kids through fun activities, just loving them, and then spend moments with concentrated gospel instruction. HOH also plans support services for the parents, yielding great respect and freedom for HOH to minister to the kids.

Notes from the Program Director

“We want beneficiary children and mothers/ guardians to know and accept Jesus as their savior. We don’t want simply to feed, clothe, and send them to school or mothers to participate in the income-generating activity program. We want doors to be opened and hearts to accept Him.”

Daniel Allison, HOH Program Director

Prayer Points

  1. Please pray for the Lord, who alone can change hearts, to shine the light of the knowledge of the glory of God through the face of Jesus Christ into these young people’s hearts.
  2. Please pray for the Lord to use Hanna Orphan’s Home to clearly bring the light of the gospel to their community through all the programs and services they offer this year.

Oakseed offers several ways to support Hanna Orphan’s Home as they seek to bring the gospel to their community, including prayer resources and financial support. Please visit our prayer or bazaar catalog pages for more information.