New Life Development Project (NLDP) is an NGO registered in Ethiopia. Our goal is to help educate vulnerable children in order to free them from the vicious poverty trap.
NLDP has been empowering impoverished children for 20 years, providing them with education from elementary school all the way through university. As men and women, they are now adding value to their community and providing for their families through their work.
NLDP currently supports thirty youth. Eleven of the children live in our children’s home, a sanctuary complete with house-mothers and an educational program. Seventeen live with either single mothers or grand-parents, and the remaining two are children who have graduated from school and now are attending university.
For the eleven children in the NLDP home, their educational, emotional, spiritual and health needs are met through accommodation, food, parental love and a place to play. This ensures that they grow up in a constructive and loving environment where they can develop their talents and skills. Like most of the other children from the surrounding community, they attend the local public school.
The older kids from the home train football (soccer) teams made up of the younger children along with some others from the surrounding community. This is a great opportunity for them to develop their social and life skills.
We provide the seventeen vulnerable children who are partially or fully orphaned with all the materials they need for their education, hygienic accessories, and some financial support to buy food. We selected these children for our program in conjunction with the local authorities and schools to make sure that they qualify for this support. So far we have supported them with general donations but now we urgently need to find sponsors for them so that we can continue to support them.
It is the joy and honor of the project co-workers to encourage and support these precious children in achieving their dreams, and to give them a home where they feel loved. But their greatest pleasure, however, is in watching them mature and begin to think of others, passing on the love they receive to their relatives and other needy people as they develop hearts of compassion for the less well-off.
We would like you to consider sponsoring a child. Should you decide to, you would take a big part in aiding that child’s development and get to share our joy in seeing us make a big difference their lives. So far all the children who grew up in our home have had great opportunities to succeed in the world with many advantages over other children.
- Sponsorship for one child supported in the community is USD 45 per month
- Sponsorship for one child living in the NLDP home is USD 115 per month.
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Hadis was one of the children who entered our home at the young age of 6 – 7 years. His father had died in the civil war in Somalia where he came from as a refugee. His mother returned to her home country of Ethiopia, but had nothing to support her children with. She gave Hadis to his uncle who put him to work taking care of his cows, goats and sheep.
From the age of 4 he had to work hard and didn’t receive any of the care children of that age need. The wife of his uncle was very cruel to him and made him sleep outside beside the cows and took every opportunity to mistreat and abuse him. His uncle was not much better and sometimes even disciplining him with an iron rod. A relative of his, for whom Hadis’ father had done a favor in the past, had pity on him and wanted to return the kindness by helping Hadis out. As she was familiar with our project, she brought this precious boy there. He was able to enter into school straight away, but had to resit 1st Grade because of the time it took for him to adjust. He fit in well to this new environment and was happy with so many other children around. He understood the opportunity he had been given and got very good results in school. His mother remained out of contact until he was in Grade 10, when she sent him a message from a refugee camp in Kenya. Thus Hadis grew up with other children who came from similar situations and they were just like brothers and sisters.
As the boys like him from the project were very passionate about soccer (football), a club was started by the project, trainers were hired and competitions held. Other children from the surrounding community were also included in the club, so Hadis found himself a part of one of the favorite junior clubs in the town.
The project regularly invites international helpers to the home, especially during the summer holidays so Hadis had extra English lessons and could practice speaking with them. Besides acquiring fluent English this also meant he was introduced to other cultures and customs, opening up his mind to the world. He finished Grade 12 with good results which enabled him to go to the public university. There he studied Animal Science and Management for 3 years, and after graduation he was employed as a hotel receptionist. Then he joined an international publishing company. In his free time he helps out at the project, taking care of the smaller children, encouraging good behavior and assisting the older ones’ with their home-work. On top of all that, he helps out by doing other practical jobs for the project.
He decided to go back to university, taking evening classes in Law and he believes that he could become a good lawyer. He wants to help the disadvantaged and oppressed and so make a difference in the world.