Arukah Global will be forming teams for our 2017 trips in Feb and March.
Next team trip: Oct 1 - 17, 2017 (includes travel days)
Wondering what a trip to Ethiopia might look like? See HERE
Interesting in joining a 2017 team? NOTE: As of March 25th, our teams are full and we are no longer accepting applications or holding interest meetings for our 2017 trips. If you would like to get on our waiting list, please type "waiting list" in the comments of THIS form and we will get back to you by April 2nd.
TEAM SIZE: 9-10 each. ESTIMATED COST: Estimated $3500 per person (The overall cost is subject to slight change and covers all costs including those associated with in-country work and interventions)
WHAT WILL OUR 2017 TEAMS BE DOING? - Home repair: We will partner with the city oficials and local Ethiopian churches in selecting homes of the poorest of the poor in their communities. Arukah Global will provide funds to purchase materials for home repair. We will also hire local laborers and work alongside of them as we partner with the church in building relationships in the community. We have found that because of it's connection to the communities in which we serve, the local church is the best partner in the process of helping those with the greatest need. As we work in these communities, our team is trained to keep an eye out for areas where intervention might be helpful (medical, some basic material need, etc). Often times the greatest need is met simply by being "present" with somebody who is hurting or feeling lonely and discouraged. - Workshops/classes for former prostitutes in rehabilitation: We will conduct at least 3 different workshops for 40+ who are being rehabilitated from a life of prostitution. These workshops include one on STD/HIV care and post abortion care, and also one of effective child rearing and effective loving discipline. - Children: We will conduct 2 "fun days" for impoverished children. One day will be devoted to 80-100 children of former prostitutes. As simple as it sounds to do crafts and play games for a day, this time sows seeds of love and value into children who have often been neglected and abused. - Local school: In 2016, your donations helped us educate 67 children of former prostitutes for and entire year. In 2017, that number is expected to be close to 85 kids. It costs only $180 per year, per child for uniforms, tuition, supplies and few other basics. That said, we are looking to raise an additional $15,000-$16,000 to cover this schooling. Also, we will work with a local school that educates over 500 impoverished children from the Nazret area. - As we continue to help with college funds, Arukah Global with continue to work with our Ethiopia based (micro-finance) partner, Temarn Merarat to work with more students and families in need. - There is more in the working and we will keep you updated! Thank you for taking time to learn about us!
Below is a partial snapshot of the result of our efforts in Ethiopia:
1. ) We partnered with Ethiopia-based, ELLILTA-Women at Risk (EWAR). This organization rescues women from prostitution and provides holistic rehabilitation to them and their children. -Arukah funded school costs for 67 of these children. -One of our USA partners, The Tabitha Project, provided hand-made clothing that was distributed to the children. -Arukah team members conducted a class to help the women cope with post-abortion issues, STD's…including HIV and general and feminine hygiene.. Additionally, it was reinforced to the women that they are each unique and special human beings that are valuable to God and society. After the class, the women were given gift bags with personal "pampering" items. -We also conducted parenting classes for the women in the Ellilta program. -Arukah team members organized and facilitated a play/craft day for the children of the women. This kind of activity is very rare…if not completely void in the lives of most of these kids. As these children do not have interactions with a father, the men of the Arukah team demonstrated to the children what appropriate and loving male attention looked like. -The Arukah team spent an additional day with the Ellilta staff and women in the program, Though this was a casual day, the value of interactive "down-time" is priceless in such a difficult environment of recovery.
2. ) Arukah Global has funded home and latrine repair for numerous neighborhood compounds that each housed 5-10 families. We not only purchased all the material and help in the work, but hired local laborers as to create additional employment. During these projects, a main objective was to build relationships and look for needs that could be meet without creating dependency. We supplied a new mattresses and bedding for elderly widows and helped administer basic medical treatments where needed.
3. ) Through our Ethiopia-based micro finance partner, Temarn Merarat Volunteer Association, Arukah was able to fund an 18 year old girl's 3 year-long trade school program. She is the first of what we hope will be many young people we help get higher education.
4. ) In partnership with Compassion Ethiopia, Arukah funded and facilitated a play/craft day for impoverished children sponsored by team members and their friends and family in the States.
5. ) Arukah has provided blankets to the local church that would be distributed to impoverished elderly citizens in the community.
6. ) We are in process of funding the building of a new home for a mother of 2 who was recently widowed. This includes helping her start a business that will contribute to supporting her children.
7. ) Arukah purchased and delivered much needed learning/teaching aids to a local school that educates 500 impoverished children. Additionally, Arukah donors provided the school with monies to complete an 8-stall latrine that was sitting incomplete due to lack of funds. Arukah Global and it's partners also funded the building of 2, eight spigot water systems for the school - which until then, had only a single spigot for 500 kids.
8. ) Arukah Global was invited to the Child Development Training and Research Center just outside of Addis Ababa. In order to gain greater insight into child advocacy, we spent our time learning from a team of the best known child advocates in the country.