Merkato Sebategna Emanuel United Church CarePoint is located in the center of Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.

The dense population of this area has made this community susceptible to HIV/AIDS, resulting in an increased number of orphaned and vulnerable children in the area. Those who live within this region lead a difficult life. The average daily income is less than half a dollar, and consequently many children are forced to work, prostitute themselves, or live on the streets at an early age. The women of this area struggle to make ends meet by doing laundry and household work for those living in the Addis region. Many orphaned children in this area live with relatives or a guardian, and suffer from malnutrition due to the low economic status of their caregivers.

With the partnership of Sarah and Daniel Dubois Connect Community, the children at Merkato CarePoint have the opportunity to grow physically, spiritually, and emotionally while the Sarah and Daniel Dubois Connect Community also experiences positive transformation!

The HopeChest Team Supporting Merkato

Fikre Fiseha
Program Manager

Tenbit Zeleke
Community Relationship Manager

Orion Netsanet
Strategic Partnership Director

Daniel and Sarah Dubois
HopeChest Partnership Leaders

Empower a Child at Merkato

Empowering a child is one of the most personal ways that you can make an impact on global poverty. It is more than providing for their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. When you sponsor a child, you build a relationship that shows that child they are valuable, worth loving, and worth investing in.

Your sponsorship is the starting point of a journey that equips vulnerable children, their families, and their communities to create sustainable transformation. When you sponsor a child with HopeChest, you are not just supporting one child — you are helping transform entire communities.

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HopeChest’s approach to alleviating poverty is asset-based, because we believe that in every place on earth there are resources, not only for surviving, but for thriving and succeeding. Local leaders tell us what they do have instead of what they don’t have, and we walk with them to see their vision for their community come to fruition through development projects.

A fundraiser for Merkato CarePoint is transformational rather than transactional. It promotes empowerment rather than dependence. Your support for these projects will go a long way as, together, we invest in holistic and sustainable solutions that address the root issues of poverty.

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