Belay T. Gebru ("Uncle Ben") began Hope for the Fatherless with a vision to see children thriving in loving families instead of remaining in institutions. In March 2017, HFTF began our first small-group home, Hope House, with ten children. Today, HFTF is continuing this vision for family in four primary ways:
Since 2018, HFTF has successfully facilitated the adoption of seventeen children and helped more than fifty families begin their adoption journey. HFTF partners with the Addis Ababa Bureau of Women, Children, and Social Affairs to train and equip adoptive parents, match orphaned children with their forever families, and provide excellent follow-up support.
HFTF also supports a number of vulnerable children through a family preservation sponsorship program designed to keep vulnerable, single-parent families healthy and intact. Primarily, the program aims to cover all education expenses for the children (such as tuition, uniforms, supplies, and tutors) and provide access to life skills training, medical care, counseling, and more through our HFTF Life Training Center. We have seen children thrive through this family-based approach to care.
In some cases, HFTF also provides job support for their caregivers, and HFTF regularly trains single mothers on how to begin a small business, provides them with seed money, monitors their progress, and coaches them along the way.
HFTF operates two children's homes (Hope House and Faith House). Each home serves around ten children and provides a safe, loving, peaceful environment with committed caregivers where the children can heal and flourish. HFTF children are provided high quality educational and life skills training opportunities. Living in a smaller, family-like home sparks incredible growth and healing.
LIFE SKILLS TRAINING
At HFTF's Life Training Center, residential and sponsorship children receive mentoring, tutoring, summer and extracurricular programming, and vital life skills training. In preparation for launching into adulthood, older children are also provided financial stewardship and independence training, opportunities for higher education, job training, and apprenticeships, as well as mentoring.