Wegene Ethiopian Foundation

 

Where does our work take place?

We assist impoverished families both in Ethiopia and United States.

Our work in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is the second-most populous country in Sub-Saharan Africa with a population of 92 million (United Nations, 2012). Ethiopia is one of the world’s oldest civilizations, as well as one of the world’s most sacred religious locations, with over 50 mentions in the Bible (King James Version). Ironically, Ethiopia is also one of the world’s top ten poorest countries. Most of our sponsored families and children in Ethiopia reside in Addis Ababa. Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, has about 4 million people, which makes up 6% of the country’s total population. Poverty is rampant and widespread throughout the country, as well as in the capital city. Life-threatening diseases such as HIV/AIDS exacerbate poverty levels by worsening the social and economic conditions of poor and disadvantaged families, jeopardizing the future lives of children.
Destitute families live under those mentioned & other many terrible circumstances. Others include instances where their children are deprived of the basic conditions such as food, shelter, health-care, and protection, essential things that every child needs to survive and thrive at a young age. Families live in abject poverty, literally living in the streets, under plastic bags, barefoot, and in rags. WEF has witnessed broken family structures, with children in some cases attempting to live on their own, dwelling independently from one street to another in search of money, food, and clothing, all the while exposing themselves to the dangers of street life. For so many of these children, school is an impossible dream, one that is incredibly unreachable given their family standing and social standing. This is what we are trying to change.

Our work in the United States

Our project in the U.S. is centered in and around the Washington, D.C. metro area. We focus all fundraising efforts in the U.S., such as our annual Dinner Gala, Oldies Nights, Movie Nights, Family Field Days, and many other events. Our philanthropy in the U.S. focuses in homeless shelters around the Washington DC area. WEF’s sub-group, the Wegene Youth Club (WYC), volunteers in multiple homeless shelters in this area. They distribute food, toiletries, clothing, shoes, jackets, backpacks and school supplies to homeless shelters.