A couple of weeks ago the Fayye Foundation website launched!
There was a bit of chaos during that time, and I thought it was best to wait until it died down to make an announcement on this blog.
The Fayye Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the orphan crisis in the Sidama region of Ethiopia. For more information on why we are focusing on Sidama, visit the “Why Sidama” page.
Every family deserves to stay together. However, the HIV/AIDS crisis, lack of basic healthcare resulting in staggering maternal mortality rates, famine, and financial destitution of widows have created the current orphan crisis. Many families are forced to give some or all of their children up for adoption due to an inability to provide for them.
The Fayye Foundation was created to aid the orphan crisis in two ways.
First, we provide support to at-risk families through supporting clinics offering antiretroviral medication and prenatal care. In addition, we offer micro-loans with counseling on how best to utilize and grow the funds long-term. These funds provide critical income so that a widow can keep her family intact. Children then have the opportunity to grow up in their homes, and orphanage censuses will improve.
Second, we support those already orphaned and living in overcrowded orphanages in Sidama. We do this by offering struggling institutions much needed food, supplies and access to healthcare.
We are working with healthcare clinics already located in Sidama to expand their treatments and reach. We are also working with government officials in the area to develop family preservation action plans.
We are currently working out the bugs on the site, but I think it is still something worth checking out. We have volunteer opportunities available and would love to work with all people interested in the projects we are associated with.