Ethiopia is situated between two politically unstable countries: Sudan and Somalia. A city of approximately 350,000, Dire Dawa is a relatively safe area that has experienced an influx of refugees. Many of them are children who have lost their parents through war or illness such as HIV/AIDS. The meager relief agencies, churches and few hospitals in the town are overwhelmed with demand for humanitarian assistance, which makes the orphan centre a valuable and appreciated resource.
Helping as many children as possible is the ultimate objective of New Hope. For now, we are using our donors’ support in an initial effort to provide sanctuary and relief to children whose lives have been shattered. With the help of our partners, we hope to possibly expand these efforts in the future.