During the SI team’s trip to Ethiopia this month, they had the privilege of serving Beyond the Orphanage while in Addis Ababa. For more information on BTO, visit www.beyondtheorphanage.org.
Marta, a teacher with BTO, educates the orphans about health and hygiene.
Beyond the Orphanage serves Ethiopian children orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS. Almost all the children they work with are “double orphans,” meaning they have lost both their father and mother. BTO does not have housing accommodations or a school; however, they help connect children with a living relative, such as an aunt, uncle or grandparent, and help pay for housing or rent. They have tutoring for kids after school as well as a library and computer center. BTO also offers counseling for children, as most have seen horrific things and are understandably in shock. They have a medical clinic and provide health nutrition supplements. In addition, they help buy clothes for the children and teach them practical skills like gardening.
Benjamin, an orphan served by BTO, and his grandmother share a meal in their home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Benjamin is an orphan BTO works with. He lives with his grandmother in Addis Ababa and is thriving with the help of the BTO staff.
Benjamin thrives with the aid of Beyond the Orphanage.