Building Family Ties is for families and orphaned children who have lost faith in themselves and their community.


Building Family Ties connects you and your family to families and children in Ethiopia, India, and the Philippines who need a hand-up to transform their lives.

A community-focused initiative that incorporates meeting the immediate and long-term needs of impoverished families and orphaned children within the context of their communities, Building Family Ties enables families and children to restore their lives one day at a time.

For more information contact Cathy Lange, Building Family Ties Coordinator
Phone: 1-866-525-4673
Email Cathy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Learn about supporting:
A family in Ethiopia
An orphaned child in Ethiopia
A family in India
Support a child or young person in the Philippines


Building Family Ties in Ethiopia
Supporting a Family

Many Ethiopian families struggle with poverty, especially those living in rural areas and dependent on meager home gardens. Resources are scarce and opportunities to become self-reliant are impossible to attain for the most part.

Your support of $30 per month for an Ethiopian family will provide them with everything they need to improve their lives and become permanently self-reliant.


Improved health
From lessons about diversifying crops to courses on family nutrition, a little bit of knowledge will go a long way to helping your family to become healthy and strong.

Nutritious food and lots of it!
Most families grow too few vegetables and those that they do grow tend to lack nutritional value. Training, tools, and a wide-variety of vegetable seeds give families the knowledge and resources needed to create home gardens full of nutritious produce. The produce families don’t eat or set aside can be sold at the local market, generating additional income.

Income-earning opportunities
In addition to growing a variety of nutrient-rich vegetables, families are also taught skills that provide income in seasons when the harvest is less than anticipated. This helps build the local economy as well as ensure that families will always have enough income.

Increasing household income
Families are also able to buy animals such as sheep, goats, chickens, and cows. These animals provide food, labor, and offspring that can be sold at the local market, generating even more income.

As a Building Family Ties supporter, you will receive the following:

  • A profile and photo of a family in Ethiopia
  • An information sheet on Ethiopia
  • An information sheet on the project in Ethiopia
  • Regular reports on your family's progress

Support a farming family in Ethiopia

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Building Family Ties in Ethiopia
Supporting an orphaned child

HIV/AIDS continues to take its toll on children and their families in Ethiopia, especially in the country's capital, Addis Ababa.

Recent estimates report that 1 in 5 adults are HIV positive. Although HIV/AIDS is primarily a disease associated with adults, its impact on children is staggering as evidenced by the fact that half a million children have become orphans as a result of losing their parents to AIDS. Beyond the trauma of losing their parents to AIDS,orphaned children find themselves without shelter, food, education or basic care.

Your support of $40 per month will rescue an orphaned child from the streets of Addis Ababa and provide everything they need in order to restore their childhood.


Care and shelter
Parental care, nutrition, home economics and health education for guardians of a child as well as skills training for guardians (relatives) of children, enabling them to become self-sufficient and contribute to the life of a child.

Nutritious food
Nutritious food and where needed, vitamins and supplements.

Education & Training
Tuition fees, school books and supplies needed to provide your child with an education. And vocational training (for an older child), to give youth the skills needed to earn a good income when they enter the workforce.

Opportunities
After-school clubs and activities that provide a safe place to play and study.

As a Building Family Ties supporter, you will receive the following:

  • A profile and photo of an orphan
  • An information sheet on Ethiopia
  • An information sheet on the project
  • Regular school reports on your child's progress
Support an orphaned child in Ethiopia

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Building Family Ties in India
Supporting a Family

Rural India is one of the poorest places on earth. Families, most of whom earn less than $2 a day, are barely able to survive; much less work their way out of the poverty that holds them captive in a life of suffering.

Your support of $30 per month will ensure that India's poorest families have the opportunity to vastly improve their lives and create a better future for their children and their communities.


Homes
Basic housing meets a family’s need for sturdy shelter and safety.

Health
Clean drinking water ensures families are no longer chronically sick. Training in health care, sanitation, and personal hygiene reduces disease.

Growing more food
Agricultural training enables farmers to grow more food.

Opportunities
Education for children enables them to learn their way out of poverty. Community-based self-help groups provide low-interest small business start-up loans and savings opportunities.

Income
Skills training enables young adults and older adults to earn a livable wage.

As a Building Family Ties supporter, you will receive the following:

  • A profile and photo of a family in India
  • An information sheet on India
  • An information sheet on the project in India
  • Regular reports on your family's progress

Support a family in India

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Building Family Ties in the Philippines

Providing for the basic needs of children is difficult. Families simply don’t have enough money to pay for school because most live well below the poverty line, despite earning daily wages for their back-breaking labor.

Your support gives indigenous children and young people in the Philippines the opportunity of a lifetime - an education. Learning frees children and young people from a future of servitude and poverty.

Children and young people that have the advantage of education are likely to gain better employment later that leads to an improved standard of living for their families.

Your support of $10 per month for a child, or $80 per month for a young person, will ensure a bright future for indigenous children and young people.

For indigenous children, your support provides:

  • Tuition fees, school books and supplies needed to ensure that your child receives a quality elementary school education with the opportunity to enter secondary school.
  • A safe environment in which to learn, including personal hygiene skills and HIV/AIDS prevention.
  • Assistance and additional skills training for rural teachers instructing the children, with a focus on educational content relevant to indigenous children.
  • Nutrition training and, where needed, nutritional supplements.
  • Resource materials for use by school children and the entire community.

For indigenous young people, your support provides:
  • Tuition fees, schoolbooks, and supplies.
  • Training in practical skills such as sustainable agriculture techniques and community organization and education.
  • Education specifically designed to allow your student to become a teacher, community leader, and/or development worker.
  • Formal skills training for rural teachers on how to educate children, with a focus on relevant curriculum for indigenous children.
  • Your student’s opportunity to help his or her community move towards self-reliance and freedom from extreme poverty.

Support a child or young person in the Philippines

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For more information contact Cathy Lange, Building Family Ties Coordinator
Phone: 1-866-525-4673
Email Cathy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.