Shone Gerbe CarePoint

Shone town is a major town of Badawacho Wereda, Hadiya Zone, South Ethiopia. The town is about 142 miles from Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. Geographically, the town is located in the low land. The population of the town is estimated to be around 61,000. Commonly spoken languages are Amharic, Hadiyisa, and others. Community members are mostly retired and former soldiers, and are now employed in private companies in non-professional jobs such as daily laborers and guards.

Shone Gerbe CarePoint is located in the southern region of Ethiopia. This CarePoint has had a partial partnership since 2019 and is ready to enter the next level of development with additional relationships. Currently, there are 150 children receiving support at the CarePoint, but just over half of them are sponsored. Due to the low sponsorship number and limited resources, the CarePoint is not able to enroll more vulnerable children into the program and cannot fully support the community. An additional partnership with the Shone Gerbe CarePoint will allow the children to continue to grow physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

CarePoint Leader Name: Tesfaye Shanko
Number of Friendships Available: 100-150
Other Partnerships at CarePoint: One

Economic: Most of the people in the community are engaged in agriculture — mainly small-scale crop production.  Non-agricultural occupations include small businesses, enterprises, and employment in government and private organizations. There are many business activities in the city. Community members are more involved in selling agricultural products to the local market during harvest seasons. Dry seasons are difficult and people struggle to have enough foods to sustain themselves.

Children / Gender: Children are required to perform various household and farm chores. Children have to work on farms before and after school and also during weekends. Girls in particular have double roles in the family as helpers in the domestic unit and as a source of labor for the family farm.

Education: The town has two government elementary schools (from grades one to eight) and one secondary school. This is the only high school for the whole community in a 20 km radius. High school students must travel a long distance every day. Parents financially struggle and are not able to provide school uniforms and scholastic materials for their children to send them school.

Health: Studies show that there is a high rate of HIV prevalence in the town and surrounding community. Due to low access to clean water and sanitation problems, waterborne diseases are common in the area. Access to clean water is a big problem in the community. Most of the community members are using ponds, which are not safe to drink. They are getting clean water once a week by shifts. Children in the community experience malnutrition and exposed to infectious diseases (like Typhoid, Typhus, amoeba, giardia, etc.). There is only one government health center and only one doctor for the whole Badawacho Wereda community.

Agriculture: Shone is semi-urban, and people are engaged in both agriculture and small-scale businesses and daily labor. For those engaged in agriculture, purchasing farm necessities like seeds and fertilizers are hard to afford. Other community members are working as daily laborers to help themselves and their families, while a few are working in different government offices.

Monthly gifts from your community members through the Friendship Model will support the regular activities of the CarePoint; however, these gifts do not cover all programming needs. We often request funds to support medical, education, and nutrition needs to supplement things like medical emergencies, higher education costs for some students, and even special nutritional support.

Estimated Project and Program Cost Before CarePoint Graduation (Programs and Projects):  $88,000

Types of Initial Programs Projected: $33,000
Education: $8,000
Nutrition and medical: $8,000
Income generating activities: $12,000
Youth leadership and vocational trainings: $5,000

Types of Initial Projects Projected: $55,000
Clean water and water kiosks (priority project): $30,000
Bathroom: $17,000
Computer training: $8,000

Largest Cost: Clean water and water kiosks (priority project): $30,000

Our intent here is to provide a brief overview of the ideas and vision for this community that are hoped to be realized while we continue to work, train and implement effectively. The items and estimations in here are based on historical programming and project costs, in similar areas (if applicable), achieved over time, in the country and are subject to change. For each CarePoint and community, a formal Community Profile and Risk Assessment will have been completed by our staff before we begin programming. Those factors, combined with the vision and dreams of the community are combined to form a comprehensive plan for this community over time. Every project cost that has been listed will be evaluated with a formal proposal and evaluation when it comes time to fundraise and implement the project.

The HopeChest Team Supporting Bululu

Joseph Elotu
Country Director

Michelle Smith
Community Partnership Manager

HopeChest Partnership Leader