Dale H.O.P.E. Centre
H.O.P.E. is an acronym that stands for Helping Orphans Prosper through Education. Too many Ethiopian children do not go to school. An education is a luxury that is simply out of reach. The lack of a quality education creates an ongoing cycle of poverty. SHAPEthiopia believes that the best way to break the cycle of poverty for future generations is to provide children with a quality education now. To this end, SHAPEthiopia established a H.O.P.E. Center in Dale.
Dale is one of the woredas in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region of Ethiopia. Part of the Sidama Zone located in the Great Rift Valley. Dale is bordered on the south by Aleta Wendo and Chuko, on the west by Loko Abaya, on the northwest by Boricha, on the north by Shebedino, and on the east by Wensho. The major town in Dale is Yirgalem. Parts of Dale woreda were separated to create Loko Abaya and Wensho woredas. Based on the 2007 Census conducted by the CSA, this woreda has a total population of 242,658, of whom 122,918 are men and 119,740 women; 30,348 or 12.51% of its population are urban dwellers. The majority of the inhabitants were Protestants, with 79.98% of the population reporting that belief, 8.04% practiced Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, 4.69% were Muslim, 3.46% were Catholic, and 1.3% observed traditional religions.
Like that of any other areas in south region, the people of Dale specially those living in the rural and areas adjacent to urban setting are pursuing life under poverty (even not more than a dollar per day) due the common root causes such as HIV/AIDS, communicable diseases, lack of education or illiteracy and skills necessary to skip the challenges. Consequently, women and children lost their partners and fathers respectively due to those diseases .This in turn leads to more aggravated troubles of life for the orphans and widows that increase the burden and reversing the vicious cycle of poverty
By considering such situation specially with children and women ,SHAPEthiopia has established H.O.P.E. center in 2011 by hosting 150 orphan and vulnerable children as well as few widow women in order to break the cycle of poverty. .In Dale SHAPEthiopia has established H.O.P.E. Center at the entry to Yirgalem town below Yirgalem hospital in the village known as Awada.
As far as the prevalence of poverty and the greater number vulnerable children waiting for support is concerned, SHAPEthiopia continue to expand the service and increase the number of beneficiaries in this area project , addressing issues of community development (like clean water, sanitation ,hygiene and environment protection) so that calling any interested individuals, partnering organizations and charities to join us.