Our connection to Ethiopia began with the adoption of our sons, Getachew and Werkneh, in 2007 and 2011. Since then, our journey has continued with multiple trips back to visit birth family and establishing in-country contacts to facilitate ongoing relations. It was during one of these trips that a fated meeting took place at a resort pool, a seemingly random encounter that led to our introduction to an organization called Let Us Change (LUC).
Let Us Change is an approved Ethiopian NGO responsible for the care of 100 children in three homes. In addition to the children's home, LUC is also committed to helping homeless adults and poor families in the surrounding region by providing jobs within the facility's daily functions, the small weaving house, or the bakery. This creates some revenue for the facility and promotes self-sustenance.
Empower Ethiopia partners with Let Us Change to ensure that the children in their care continue to grow and flourish, knowing that they are loved and valued, and that they too can contribute to their community and society at large. This is accomplished through adequate nutrition, schooling, health care, and a nurturing environment.