According to UNICEF, Ethiopia’s children are among those who are most desperately in need of help. There are about 4 million orphans in Ethiopia, a great number who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. Furthermore, about half the deaths of children under the age of five is due to malnutrition. Education is a great need there as well, as less than half of overall children attend primary school.
Restore a Child started helping children in Ethiopia with basic needs as food, clothing and medical in 2005-2006. Then in 2007 we built a home for 42 orphans in Ambo, Ethiopia. Our partners, HELP International, built the elementary school on the same land in Ambo and together we purchased a school bus that was shipped from Germany and it is still being used now in 2017. We also provided electricity and water for the school with equipment and school supplies. We planted fruit trees through our volunteer from Hungary, Tom Lestar.
In 2008 Norma Nashed met with five Ambassadors to Ethiopia who expressed desire to help her work in Ethiopia. The Chinese Ambassador was instrumental in connecting us with a Chinese Road Construction company who built 1.5 km access road to the land that we purchased in Legedadi, 13 km west of Addis Ababa, all for FREE. Norma also was present with government officials when we compensated the farmers for their land in Legedadi.
In 2009, we partnered with Dr. Dick Hart, president of Loma Linda University and Adventist Health International to build a children’s ward at Gimbi Adventist Hospital in Gimbi, Ethiopia and paid for the medical care of poor children. Since education is key to the future, we also sponsored the Gimbi school with 150 students and paid for their tuition.