History & Vision
Everything Starts with Education- Tomorrow Come Foundation was created to provide a safe home, to support a healthy life, and to foster growth through education for the children in and around New Hope Center for Children and Handicapped in Guder, Ethiopia. In doing this, Tomorrow Come hopes to empower the children to be productive citizens and future leaders of their community.
For the children in and around New Hope Center for Children and Handicapped, Tomorrow Come Foundation exists to support their home, their health, their faith and their future.
- For their Home: TCF is helping New Hope build, expand and maintain its facilities so the resident children have a safe and caring home.
- For their Health: TCF has built and is helping to maintain a safe, consistent, fresh water system for the orphanage as well as the surrounding community. TCF coordinates medical teams to care for the medical needs of the children at the orphanage and surrounding community. In addition, these medical teams provide ongoing medical training for the local professionals in and around Guder, Ethiopia.
- For their Faith: TCF joins the children and local community in worship, teaching, and sharing of the Gospel.
- For their Future: TCF strongly believes that if we educate the orphans and other children at New Hope, provide basic health and education to the community, assist in the development of infrastructure for the village, and empower the people, then we will be successful in our endeavor.
With your support, we will be able to create lasting changes that continue to give back to the community for many generations to come.
What’s in a Name?
Several names were offered and the actual name came from the orphans themselves. In their broken English, they would lovingly and anxiously ask, “Tomorrow Come?”, which means, are you coming back tomorrow? This question led to a larger question – when will tomorrow come for these children? The answer starts with the Tomorrow Come Foundation.
In September of 2011 Arturo Echeverri, M.D. went on a medical mission in the town of Makele in Northern Ethiopia with the International Medical Relief group. After completing the mission, he went to Guder, Ethiopia to meet the orphans he and his family had been sponsoring for the last couple of years at the New Hope Center for Children and Handicapped. When he finally reached the orphanage, he could not help but fall in love with the other 50 orphans.
Jim Huskey and his wife Pam had been actively involved at improving communities in under-served areas throughout Brazil. At the urging of their youngest son, Brian, they decided to go to Africa to help the orphans at the New Hope Center in 2011. They too fell in love with the orphans but were stricken by the poverty and living conditions of the surrounding town. The community around the orphanage lacked running water and food. Sanitation was extremely poor and disease was a daily threat. When they returned back to the United States, they were determined to improve the lives of all the orphans at New Hope Center including the 300 kids in the surrounding community.
After seeing the orphans and the extreme poverty in the surrounding area, Arturo and Jim became concerned that these young children would be on their own and forced to leave the orphanage at the vulnerable age of 16 as there is no further schooling at the orphanage. They could eventually end up on the streets with the high risk for abuse, rape, all kind of diseases and starvation. They decided to join forces to start the Tomorrow Come Foundation and start a partnership with the New Hope Center for Children and Handicapped. Within weeks, several passionate volunteers, now board members, stepped in and became a vital part of this organization working together toward a common goal. Officially founded in July 2012, the Tomorrow Come Foundation is a nonprofit (501(c)(3)) organization specifically created to build lasting infrastructure by building schools and improving the health of orphans in Ethiopia.
Our initial project was to build a secondary school to help serve the orphans of New Hope Center for Children and Handicapped near Guder, Ethiopia. This was completed in October of 2013. By improving education of these children, we also improve the health and well-being of the community as a whole, which in turn will help the country of Ethiopia.
In 2016, Faith Chapel in Billings, Montana officially handed over their outreach program to Tomorrow Come Foundation. While we had been walking alongside of one another for several years, the handling of the finances and sponsorships was turned over to TCF, and the partnership continues to flourish today. The New Hope Center for Children and Handicapped now has 71 orphans and a school within the orphanage campus. This school educates children up through grade 10 from the village as well, for a combined sum of close to 400 children. Bringing technology and the best teachers to the school will help to create children who are proud, prepared and capable, and who will be give back to their community and contribute to its prosperity.
Medical and Humanitarian Mission Trips
Ethiopia is, arguably, one of the most medically under-served countries in the world. At Tomorrow Come Foundation we could not turn a blind eye. In 2014, we started bi-yearly missions focused not only on the growth of the community, but also its health and education . Under-served populations are among the most difficult but also most fulfilling to care for. This is a monumental task we are embarking on, but we are confident that all of us together can make it possible.
There will be two groups of volunteers working together. The Humanitarian groups will focus on the orphanage, the school and the community. The Medical groups will work to educate our patients about basic preventive health and hygiene, taking into consideration the educational background and limited resources of the community. Topics that are currently under development include basic hygiene, prevention of STDs, prevention of vector-borne illnesses, recognition of common illnesses, medication adherence, and the importance of hydration. We are also working to establish a collaboration with the local medical students, interns, and doctors at a nearby Ethiopian medical school. They are all very smart and caring medical professionals who are eager to learn how to better meet the needs of their own people.
Knowing there are not significant resources available in Ethiopia, we anticipate many opportunities to think creatively when developing infrastructure, diagnostic and therapeutic plans. We look forward to the challenge of identifying the community’s specific needs and strengths. We anticipate both challenges and rewards, and we will strive to be resourceful and help the community be more self sustaining. We have our work cut out for us and we are gaining traction as more and more people get involved, volunteering their gifts to make the orphanage, the school, the village, and the country better. We strongly believe that if we educate the orphans and other children at New Hope, provide basic health and education to the community, assist in the development of infrastructure for the village, and empower the people, then we will be successful in our endeavor. People using their gifts in the service of others.
Please contact Arturo Echeverri at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
*Note: Ethiopian Seasons are not like North American seasons. If you join us on a mission, here’s what to expect.
Fall: September-November: Harvesting season.
Winter: December-February: Dry season.
Spring: March-May: Heavy rain, hottest season.
Summer: June-August: Wet season; rains almost everyday.