Elevate Ethiopia

Last Saturday they held a special program in which students were rewarded with a new backpack for showing exceptional work ethic in their studies.  Elevate has always tried to recognize and reward work ethic and improvement over just high results. These students may not always have the highest grades, but they always work hard when they come to the center. The 7th grade students were also recognized as an exceptional class in our program. Their collective effort always encourages us. They will be rewarded with an outing to the movie theater!


Hear from Lincoln, the co-founder of Elevate Ethiopia, as he speaks on the Journey to Impact podcast by clicking HERE.


This will be our third year partnering with Elevate Ethiopia in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Lincoln Vallett grew up at Hermitage Hills Baptist Church.  He is now the Co-founder and Executive Director of Elevate Ethiopia.  Their mission is to work with families through empowerment and education programs to help them become self-reliant and positive impactors in their families, communities, and country.  They provide education resources of after school tutoring, summer learning, spoken English class, computer lab, school materials, individualized academic follow-up and field trips.  They provide mentorship resources of life skills class, individual/group counseling, Bible study class, motivational speakers, vision building/goal setting activities, and counseling/training for parents.  They also provide for parents economic empowerment resources of micro-business grants, business/financial management training, savings program, and family medical support.  Students and families in the program receive food provisions each month.  Last year, Hermitage Hills provided financial support for their food program.  We also provided financial support so all the parents of the children in the program could purchase new tennis shoes for their child.


HOW TO GO:  We are excited to continue to provide the financial support through the One Fund so that they can provide food for the students and families.  We are also providing support for the tutoring program where all children receive one hour of individualized tutoring each week.  We are planning a trip in July to see how we can partner further by sending teams.  If you are interested in going, email Brigitte at bsimpson@hermitagehills.com.  You can explore more at elevateethiopia.org.


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