Family Hope International partners with US sponsors, church partners, corporate sponsors and vision partners to do this work of preventing orphans and empowering families.
We have a clear, step-by-step process that enables us to move families through a program within a 3 year timeframe. Our goal is short-term support for long-term transformation.
Our Family Preservation Model
Embrace families on the verge of collapse with compassion and support
Equip families by meeting their basic needs through sponsorship
Empower families with small business loans and mentorship
Employ families to be self-sufficient through small business
Family Hope International
Family Hope International was established in August of 2012. The Vision was born out of the desire to prevent more orphans in Ethiopia. Before Family Hope International, there existed no solution to help families on the verge of collapse. Due to severe poverty and disease, many families disintegrated because mothers had no means to care for and feed their children. Often, the only option was for mothers to relinquish their children to orphanages or abandon their children to the street.
Since 2012, Family Hope International, in partnership with the Ethiopian and American church, has been able to welcome over 500 families into the program. These families have been embraced, equipped and empowered towards a better life! This represents nearly 3,000 men, women, and children who have been helped. These families have been able to stay together and thus prevent their children from becoming orphans!
Family Hope International is a Christian 501c3 organization that was established to prevent orphans by helping the most vulnerable Ethiopian families before they completely fall apart. We work with families in some of the poorest areas of Ethiopia. We do this by mobilizing U.S. Sponsors, Vision Partners, U.S. Church Partners, Ethiopian churches, and our in-country FHI Leadership and Staff. Currently, we are serving nearly 400 families in four geographic areas of Ethiopia. This represents about 1,500 individuals and over 1,000 children.
Sponsorship - Family Hope International is funded in-part based on a sponsorship model. We advocate for our families by finding individuals and families in the U.S who will sponsor them. One hundred percent of the $50 monthly sponsorship goes to Ethiopia to support our program.
Case Managers work directly with these families and are visiting them on a regular basis, mentoring them, and praying for their needs. They create a report that allows us to share progress, set-backs and imminent needs of our families with their sponsors. Except for imminent needs, we provide their report to sponsors twice a year. Case Managers are also responsible for distributing the monthly food and household items the families need to make it through each month.
Business Managers work hand-in-hand with the Case Managers and families to identify small business opportunities that will support the family after they graduate from the program. They train the business owners, usually women, in how to run a small business successfully. They will visit the small business on a monthly basis offering advice and mentoring on how to grow their business and manage it in a profitable way. They also manage the banking for each small business to ensure accountability.
We require the local pastors to visit with our families at least twice per month sharing the Gospel and praying with the families whether they are Evangelical Christians, Ethiopian Orthodox or Muslims. We do not limit the families that enter the program based on their faith. In fact, we have found that by showing the love of Christ through Case Managers and the local pastors, entire families are giving their lives to Christ in all areas that we serve.
We oversee a three-year program that begins with an intake interview to embrace families identified as the most vulnerable by the local churches and Case Managers. A U.S. sponsor is paired with each family and equips them by providing a monthly donation that is used to supplement rent, food, basic medical care, school supplies, and other minor household expenses.
After the first six months, we empower families by identifying a small business opportunity to create meaningful and profitable work. A small business loan from a U.S. sponsor is provided along with training and mentoring from our local Business Managers. The loan is paid back over the next twenty-four months, at which time they can run the business on their own. They are now employed and self-sufficient. Once a family has “graduated” from the program, the U.S. sponsor is contacted and asked to consider sponsoring a new family that is in need.
We expect to have over 40 families graduate in 2021, with a similar number expected in 2022 and over 60 graduates expected in 2023.