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


Supporting a family or child through our Building Family Ties program connects you and your family to families and children in Ethiopia, India, and the Philippines who need a hand up in their journey of transforming their lives.

Your monthly support will meet the immediate and long-term needs of families living in poverty, and orphaned children. Your support is provided in a way that reflects their needs and context, enabling families and children to build better lives for themselves one day at a time.

For more information contact Joel Hart, Program Manager
Phone: 1-866-525-4673 Ext. 113
Email Joel 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 families living in southern, rural Ethiopia areas lack access to clean water, and they also lack a means of earning an adequate income to meet their basic needs. Families have recently worked together to construct a clean water system in collaboration with friends of HOPE International Development Agency.

Now, as their health is improving, families don’t have to spend hours walking to collect water every day; they are seeking opportunities to take the next step towards self-reliance. This is extremely difficult without a helping hand to start the process.

Your support of $30 per month provides an Ethiopian family with support and training to begin earning a better income to meet their basic needs, and to thrive in their communities.

Families you support will join a self-help group, a small group of like-minded women in her village who come together to learn new skills, support each other in starting small businesses, and solve challenges faced by their community. Through your support, these women will develop a plan, borrow a small amount of money, and get to work making their dreams a reality.

These are basic but critical opportunities that will help families create long-term, self-sustaining change. Your support will help a family make that journey.

Once they have established their businesses and are earning a regular income, they can return the loan to their self-help group, which will provide another family with a similar opportunity. Your monthly gifts will multiply to help more families in the future!

As you support a family in Ethiopia, you will receive:

  • A profile and photo of a family in Ethiopia
  • Detailed information about the project and the community in which the family lives
  • 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.

There are nearly 1.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia. Although HIV/AIDS is primarily a disease associated with adults, its impact on children is staggering. Half a million children in Ethiopia 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 ensure an orphaned child in Addis Ababa has everything they need in order to restore their childhood and have a better future.


Care and shelter
Your support ensures children have care, nutrition, home economics, and health check-ups within a nurturing home – often with a relative caring for the child. Skills training for the guardian parents of the child, as well as regular visits from a social worker, enable guardian parents to meet the unique needs of an orphaned child within their family.

Nutritious food
Children are provided with nutritious food, especially when guardian families are struggling to make ends meet themselves.

Education & Training
Tuition fees, school books and supplies will support your child’s education. Vocational and life skills training (for an older child) gives youth the skills needed to make good decisions and earn a good income when they enter the workforce.

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

As you support a child in Ethiopia, you will receive:

  • A profile and photo of a child orphaned by HIV/AIDS
  • Detailed information about the project and the community in which the child lives
  • Regular reports on your child's progress

Support an orphaned child in Ethiopia

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Building Family Ties in India

Supporting a Family


Poverty weighs heavily on families in India, especially in the rural areas. More than 77 percent of the poorest families in India live in the rural areas. Impoverished families, most of whom earn less than $2 a day, are barely able to survive, much less work their way out of the poverty.

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.


Creating better livelihoods and income
Families you support will join a self-help group, a small group of like-minded women in her village who come together to learn new skills, support each other in starting small businesses, and solve challenges faced by their community. Through your support, these women will develop a plan, borrow a small amount of money, and get to work making their dreams a reality.

These are basic but critical opportunities that will help families create long-term, self-sustaining change. Your support will help a family make that journey.

Once they have established their businesses and are earning a regular income, they can return the loan to their self-help group, which will provide another family with a similar opportunity. Your monthly gifts will multiply to help more families in the future!

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

Health
Community health camps allow families to access health care and receive training for better family health, hygiene, and sanitation.

Growing more food
Agricultural training and community irrigation systems enable farmers to grow more food and provide better nutrition for their families.

As you support a family in India, you will receive:

  • A profile and photo of a family in India
  • Detailed information about the project and the community in which the family lives
  • 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, especially in remote rural communities. Most families live well below the poverty line and, despite working hard to provide for their families, simply don’t have enough money to pay for school.

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 $15 per month for a child in elementary or high school, or $85 per month for a young person in university, 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 a child receives a quality education
  • Assistance and additional skills training for rural teachers instructing the children, with a focus on educational content relevant to indigenous children.
  • Training for improved nutrition, health, and agriculture.
  • Resource materials for use by school children and the entire community.

For indigenous young people, your support provides:
  • Tuition fees, schoolbooks, supplies, and room and board at a unique Indigenous People’s college whose mission is to equip graduates with knowledge and abilities to work towards sustainable development of indigenous communities
  • 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 Joel Hart, Program Manager
Phone: 1-866-525-4673 Ext. 113
Email Joel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.