FH/Ethiopia receives trophy for outstanding educational programs

A few weeks ago, Food for the Hungry was hand-picked from among three non-governmental organizations as having the best educational programs in a specific area of Ethiopia.

The area is called the East Wolega Zone, in the region of Oromia, where 18 FH staff members minister incarnationally–living in the communities and patiently building relationships there (some of the staff are pictured above).
The district government rated FH at 100% in its contributions to quality education, advocacy of girls’ education, material support and minimizing school dropouts (especially among girls). About 7,880 students have benefited from these programs.

“Praise the Lord for the recognition!” says Feye Tolla, director of FH’s child-development programs in Ethiopia.

In the Oromia region and around the world, FH teaches parents and community leaders the importance of education and, when necessary, helps the community furnish local schools with blackboards, desks, reference books and other supplies.

In this particular region, FH strongly advocated for the establishment of a high school, as the closest one was 28 miles away and inaccessible to poor families. The distance also made high school nearly impossible for girls, as tradition says they should marry as early as possible. 

With support from FH and sacrificial contributions from the community, a high school was built in 2010, and all girls and previous dropouts were able to pursue their education. About 350 students now attend this school. 

In fact, fathers and children have begun attending 9th grade together, thanks to this new opportunity.

FH has worked in this area since 2006, introducing improved agricultural practices to help farmers provide better food for their families and earn more in the marketplace, training leaders and supporting local churches, and strengthening the educational system. The judges who awarded this trophy made a point to commend not only FH’s material support but also its work in advocacy and awareness–things that cannot be seen but have abundant impact.

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