Dear GFI Friends,
I hope the new year is bringing you joy and laughter. For many of us, the winter has been rough. But at Global Family Initiative’s Betasab project in Addis Ababa, we’re working hard to keep the sun shining for our Origins children, and the local women and students who rely on our community development programs.
As the ice melts from this intense, snowy winter, I’d like you to consider an exciting way to spread a bit more of the burgeoning sunshine around. At GFI, we’re launching our Origins Sponsorship program, and would love for you to share in our excitement. Sponsorship is a great way to connect personally with our project and our children. By pledging at the ally, humanitarian, or luminary levels, you become a meaningful part of the life of a Betasab child. Some details:
- Ally: $400/year or $34/month, and can provide nutritious food for an Origins child.
- Humanitarian: $800/year or $67/month, and can provide an Origins child with school tuition in addition to food.
- Luminary: $1200/year or $100/month, and can provide food, school tuition, recreation, medicine, a savings account, and clothing for an Origins child.
With our base sponsorship set at just over a dollar a day, you’ll be able to follow the progress of the individual child you’ve sponsored through videos, photos, and letters. And most importantly, each child will sleep soundly with the knowledge that someone has his or her future covered.
A few dollars a day might not sound like much. For us, it’s a cup of coffee, a gym membership, an item on the grocery list. But that amount can feed a Betasab Origins child for weeks.
Follow this link to learn more about how you can keep the sun shining for an Origins child, and don’t hesitate to get in touch with our giving officer, Jeff (by email at email@example.com or at 802-377-7090), or directors Claudia and Nick.
From our family to yours, we wish you the best!
Co-founder and Director
Our kids at The Betasab Project paid a visit to Don Bosco’s Children’s Village this Saturday to take on their fellow former orphans and street children in a “friendly” soccer match. The Betasab team, decked out in special red uniforms, emerged victorious, 1-0; however, the day was more notable for the new friends and the memories made on both sides of the ball.
Recreation is a key component of our holistic approach, giving kids the opportunity to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle – and, in circumstances like this one, to form new bonds. $10/month covers the cost of recreation for one child; if you’d like to give our children the opportunity to engage in events like this in the future, we hope you’ll consider making a monthly donation.
Your gift will go toward our The Math Makes Sense campaign. And, if you give on behalf of a loved one, an anonymous donor will match half of your total. (Just fill out the form after you check out.)
Below are a few pictures of Saturday’s event!
We have great news! Over the last eighteen months, we’ve shared success stories from Betasab’s work in Addis Ababa: orphans thriving in their new homes, outcast women now accepted by the community, unorthodox families celebrating the traditions of Ethiopian life.
Since its launch in May 2012, Betasab has exceeded our wildest expectations. We are particularly proud that eight of our 17 school-aged children placed in the top three of their classes this past year. These children would not have had access to education – and the chance to excel – had they remained in an orphanage or on the street.
Today, we are pleased to announce an expansion of our vision.
Betasab will now become a part of a new nonprofit: The Global Family Initiative. The GFI’s mission is to empower orphaned children and vulnerable women in developing countries through access to education, healthcare, and families.
Our first endeavor – which we’ll continue to call The Betasab Project – has given 21 orphaned children and six vulnerable women the means to a secure future. We have also created jobs for five talented staff members and given educational access to over 45 children who would otherwise not go to school due to their extreme poverty.
Our rebranding will allow us to spread this rewarding model to other areas throughout the world, all under one umbrella: The Global Family Initiative.
The GFI and The Betasab Project are funded entirely through donations from supporters like you. We ask you to consider a gift to mark this exciting occasion.
Claudia, Nick, Keith, Jeff, and I are so grateful for all of the support you’ve given us, and we’re excited to address the problems facing orphaned children and vulnerable women on a much broader scale. We hope you’ll join us in taking the initiative.
P.S. Be sure to follow our new social media accounts!
The Ethiopian calendar is much different from ours. It has twelve 30-day months, and a five- or six-day “special” month at the end. Ethiopia’s tourism tagline, 13 Months of Sunshine, plays off this.
New Year’s Day is called Enkutatash (እንቁጣጣሽ), which means “gift of jewels” in Amharic. It usually falls on September 11, or on September 12 in leap years. The country celebrates the date with special traditions, one of which is wearing brand new clothes.
This Enkutatash, marking the beginning of the year 2006 on the Ethiopian calendar, our families participated in this tradition, which represents a clean slate for the coming year.
As you look through these photos, we ask you to remember that a little over a year ago, these children had very little hope for the future. Now, thanks to Betasab, they are excelling in school, are in superb health, and serve as vital members of their community.
Please consider giving us a donation to mark this happy occasion.
Thank you again for your support! This celebration would not have happened without your generosity.
A year ago this week, we welcomed a dozen children from the government’s Kibebe Tsehay orphanage. This group formed our second and third Betasab families.
Joining us were Teddy, a top student who moonlights as class clown; Ketemash, at first shy but full of personality once she gets to know you; Mohamed, his goofy grin belying a heart of gold; and nine others. We’re so blessed to have them with us.
They have far exceeded our expectations. In just one year, their assessment-scores have gone up over 50% on education, and nearly 20% on behavior. They’re happy and healthy. They help and love their new mothers and siblings – their family.
All of this thanks to you.
We now serve twenty-one children in our Group Homes. Will you help us celebrate this milestone with a donation of $21?
Thank you again for your generosity. We have some exciting initiatives in the works, and we look forward to sharing them with you over the next few months.
US Program Director
P.S. If you are able, we’d like you to consider a recurring donation. Your gift of $21 each month will allow us to better plan our financial needs on a regular basis.
With the school year coming to an end, our schools showered our young scholars with accolades!
8 of our 21 group-home children finished in the top three of their classes, with three being named “star students”. One of these, Solomon, was first among all children in grades 1-4 with a grade of 99.25%!
In addition, two of our children graduated from kindergarten.
Your past generosity provided our children with this opportunity. Please consider a donation to support their continued education and personal growth.
We offer two different levels:
To give another amount, please visit our donation page.
You can check out our children’s certificates (and like us!) on Facebook.
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Today we received word that Solomon placed first in his class of 37! We are very proud of his work.
Solomon is a great “older brother” to the younger children in his house. He will not hesitate to assist a sibling who’s struggling with a new concept, whether it’s math, English, or science. In fact, he taught a counting game to some of our American staff, which helped them to learn the Amharic numbers up to 100.
Here is Solomon holding the certificate he received for his outstanding achievement.