Changing the world -one child at a time - Saving Kids from living on the streets.
The Drop-In Center has a short-term transition program providing a safe home, food, counseling, and spiritual direction to street children. They work to heal, return to school, and develop skills to live in a family environment.
The Boarding School cares for children ages preschool to 17. They receive schooling, medical care, room and board, and spiritual nurture. The school mainstreams the HFH children as well as serves community children.
The Bethel Group Home provides a home environment targeted to older children while they complete their high school educations. They are prepared for independent living either while getting further education or to get a stable job.
Foster Homes are set up and monitored to raise the children in a family environment. HFH provides food as well as ensures medical care and schooling. Foster families receive enough food to supplement the entire family. The majority of HFH children live in Foster Homes.
Pastor Surafel Gebretsadik was born and raised in Ethiopia. His ministry began during the Derg’s communist reign in Ethiopia (1974-1989). He was imprisoned four times for practicing and preaching the message of Jesus Christ and finally fled Ethiopia as a refugee. He eventually made his way to America where he has been granted citizenship and began his family.
When the communist government in Ethiopia fell, Pastor Surafel was able to return to Ethiopia. “My heart never left Ethiopia,” he says. He continues to return to his homeland to “do God’s work and help God’s children.” He established Hope for the Hopeless in 1993 to fulfill God’s commandment to care for orphans.
In addition to the work that Surafel continues at Hope for the Hopeless, he serves as Pastor for a local Ethiopian church in Phoenix, AZ and coordinates the refugee program there. He also conducts HIV/AIDS training for pastors in Ethiopia and continues to preach and live the gospel. Contact Pastor Surafel - 602.487.9810
Our staff at Hope for the Hopeless
provides a loving environment for the children daily. Many have been there since the first facility was opened. We are so thankful for each one of them. All our staff have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and seek to make Him priority in their lives.
The staff is committed to seeing our children grow both physically and spiritually. They desire for each child to become all that God has created them to be. Each child is unique and so is each staff member.
Please pray with us as our staff seeks to meet the needs of the children and point them to their Heavenly Father. Consider sponsoring a member of the staff.
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Dear Sponsors of Hope,
To be a sponsor of hope is much more than supporting and organization, is it not? Providing hope for another is telling them that they have gifts, possibilities and potential in their lives, and we are here to help you realize it all. As you read our newsletters, as some of you visit our campus in Sululta, our group homes in Addis Ababa, our foster homes, you see firsthand the many stories of hope that have been written because of your care and concern. Thank you on behalf of the receivers of hope.
It is hard to believe that we are rapidly approaching one of our premier holiday seasons. In just a few weeks we will be lifting up our thanks-giving for the many blessings we have received. Immediately afterwards, we begin the season of Advent, that time of preparation to receive the Christ Child yet, again, into our lives. My tradition celebrates this season with an Advent Wreath with 4 candles representing the four Sundays of preparation before Christmas Day. One of the candles we light is traditionally the Candle of Hope.
The source of hope for all of us is indeed the blessings of God’s gracious gift of God’s Son who came into the world to show us God’s hope for us all. Jesus who shows us the best of who we can be, the promise and possibility we can live into, as we follow him in our lives. Part of this hope is extending God’s love and God’s hope to a world God loves. (John 3:16-17)
We, as the Advisory Board for Hope for the Hopeless, ask that you consider a “Hope” offering this holiday season. The hope we can offer is based upon the blessings, your thanks-giving, to the work we share together.
One of the hardest encounters several of us watched in Addis Ababa was when a small group of young boys, who were living on the street, came up to Pastor Surafel and asked if there was any room yet at the Center so they could come and live. He had to sadly tell them that there was not at that moment, but to keep checking. Help us make sure there is room at the inn and we do not have to turn anyone away when they ask for our care and a chance at living life to its fullest. Let us indeed be sponsors of hope. Will you help us spread this hope with a gift to Hope for the Hopeless?
Yours in Christ,
Advisory Board of Hope for the Hopeless
We wish you a wonderful Christmas with all the trimmings!! Christmas in Ethiopia is called Gena and is celebrated January 7th this year.
In celebration of 25 years of H4H, we want to make our annual dinner extra special for our children, staff and relations, potentially over 500 in attendance! Please be a part of the celebration and appreciation of the amazing staff who care for our children.
One of our Ethiopian volunteers told us that Ethiopian Christmas is Jan 7th this year and is called Gena. In researching this tradition, I learned that the celebration includes dressing up and welcoming guests to share in worship, singing, testifying and special meals with spicy chicken and injera (bread). It seems that the celebration remains more of religion and less commercial than in the US but, it still includes the sharing of gifts.
We wish all of our Children and Staff the most special Christmas – Gena and wish blessing upon them all.