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Summaries of HIV/AIDS Projects in Africa
Working with ELCA World Hunger Program Partners

EthiopiaHome Based Support to AIDS Orphans

Partners: ELCA and Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus.


The multifaceted impacts of HIV/AIDS in the community and the socio-economic system have already become major threats in Ethiopia, as in many other least developed and economically disadvantaged nations. One of the major ill effects of HIV/AIDS is the death of young adults resulting in a huge number of orphans with little or no resources. AIDS orphans are currently estimated to be over 600,000 in Ethiopia. Current estimates show that $365 is needed to support one orphan for one year.

At the family level, the burden and stress on the extended family system that tries to care for these orphans is increased. Many orphans rely on the guardianship of elder grandparents, aunts and uncles. There are many families headed by children as young as 10 years. In a poor country like Ethiopia, where the capacity to provide services for such children is nonexistent, the burden is immense. There are a few NGOs and churches providing assistance to an extremely low proportion of AIDS orphans, and these are located mainly in the capital, Addis Ababa.


The project will assist the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, North Ethiopia Area Work to establish home and community based support to AIDS orphans in Dessie and Comoblcha town. The EECMY/NEAW believes that orphaned children are best cared for within families rather than in orphanages. It intends to assist designated guardians in meeting the basic needs of the orphans including school, vocational training and medical fees. It will assist the family in planning for the future of the children and/or widow during the counseling period in the form of permanency planning concerning wills and guardianship. The project is also involved in the initiation of income generating projects to assist the guardians of orphans and widows to achieve and maintain their self-sufficiency.

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