Children’s Heaven is a non-profit organization whose mission is to embrace and empower the precious orphaned girls entrusted to our care in an effort to minimize their socioeconomic vulnerability. In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Children’s Heaven currently supports more than 80 girls through an innovative community placement and sponsorship program and has over 200 girls on a waiting list to enter. Through the provision of essential services along with the necessary skills and knowledge, we hope to see all of our girls lead healthy and productive lives. For information on how you can help, contact us at:
P.O. Box 882
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel: +251-113-489734 (Office)
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Our mission is to embrace and empower the precious orphaned girls entrusted to our care in an effort to minimize their socioeconomic vulnerability.
Children’s Heaven seeks to see the quality of life of defenseless children and youth improved.
UNICEF estimates that 160 million orphaned youth live in the world today. This figure includes both single and double orphans and those who are abandoned due to poverty and other causes of displacement, such as emergencies, conflict, and natural disasters. Struck by the pandemic grip of HIV/AIDS, the problem in Ethiopia is further perpetuated. Without support and care, many of orphaned and vulnerable children are left to the streets, facing extreme vulnerability to the perils of human trafficking, labor and sexual exploitation, gang recruitment, crime, neglect, and even death. With a population of over 77 million in Ethiopia, it is estimated that over 6 percent of the population is represented by one- or two-parent orphans.
In July 2004, in response to the rising number of orphaned and vulnerable children living in Ethiopia, Executive Director, Hanna Fanta, opened the doors of Children’s Heaven—dedicating its operation to the goal of improving the lives of orphaned girls who had lost one or both parents to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Too often these girls experience discrimination and exclusion from the community as a result of the prevailing stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. Within the confounds of Children’s Heaven, they are given a safe environment where they can receive the love, security, guidance and provision of basic needs necessary to develop into successful adults. Currently Children’s Heaven supports more than 80 girls through an innovative community placement and sponsorship program and has over 200 girls on a waiting list to enter.
Our sponsors and donors are an important part of the Children’s Heaven family. It is through their support that we are able to continue our mission and fulfill our vision—making once far off dreams become a reality for many of our girls at Children’s Heaven. With your continued help, we hope to, one day, see all of our girls lead healthy and productive adult lives.
In the upcoming months, Children’s Heaven is looking to secure permanent housing for our Children’s Heaven family. Currently, we are renting land with thanks to the generous donation of our partner at Ethiopian Orphan Relief (EOR); however, rent prices have risen dramatically in recent years and we are only able to afford our current residence until December 9th, 2011. In anticipation of this obstacle, Children’s Heaven has already located a plot of land—donated at low cost from Hanna’s siblings after the passing of their Father. This land is available for purchase, but with the budget of Children’s Heaven already stretched quite thin, we are, once again reaching out to our friends and donors to help us make this transition possible.