In case you haven’t heard, Fields of Hope has been approved by the Ethiopian government to open a school called Yetesfa Mesk International Academy! We signed an agreement with the government a few weeks ago, which outlines exactly how this school will function. The process took us a little longer than one and a half years, so we are definitely glad to have reached this point!
Yetesfa Mesk International Academy will be an international standard, tuition free school for children who come from families in extreme poverty. We are mostly focused on children of mothers who are either currently involved in or are likely to become involved in low level prostitution. Because many of the girls born to these mothers will also start working as prostitutes as young as 8 years old, it is a major goal of ours to get these children in school as early as possible.
We will start with an initial group of twenty preschool aged children. From there, we will add a grade level and a new group of twenty students each year. Aside from educating the children, we will also focus on providing parental and skill training to the mothers. Through this, they will be able to strengthen their families and provide more stable sources of income.
We have found a place for the school and signed a rental contract! The compound is in a perfect location, is just the right size, has enough space for classrooms, a wonderful outside area, cheaper than we expected…you get the point.
Originally, the price per month was about $1,850 per month. But, when the landlord heard about the purpose of the school, he lowered the price by 25% to $1,400 per month! With broker fees, our total will come to $1,500 per month. We are looking for 12 sponsors who will each cover one month of rent. In two weeks, we will need to pay for the full first year of rent, $18,000. We already have one family who has pledged to cover the first month!
Who will join us for the 11 remaining months?
Currently these children and their mothers are living in a cycle of poverty, prostitution and despair. With your help, we can break that cycle and build a new one of hope, freedom and restoration.
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