NEW HOPE CENTER FOR CHILDREN & HANDICAPPED – Guder, Ethiopia
Surgery for Aster (2019)
Aster is 15 and in grade 7. She has a severe deformation that affects her tongue, her right hand, and her speech. She feels pain when she eats and swallows, and needs several minutes to finish a small piece of bread. Aster gets headaches when the temperature is hot. Her tongue is also impaired and does not come out or stretch as a normal tongue. She has become so thin and frail because she is unable to eat. When Aster was two years old, her mother took her to a neighbor’s house and asked her to watch Aster for a while, but she never returned. She was embarrassed by Aster’s deformity and did not have a way to get medical help. Aster’s father did not want her, so the neighbor kept her. She started going to New Hope School and loved it there. The teachers took an interest in her, and sponsors provided food, clothing, and medical help.
In March Aster traveled to Mekele in the northern portion of Ethiopia where she met with a number of doctors. Her body mass index is very low, and the doctors fear she may suffer severe consequences due to the malnutrition and lack of food consumption if we do not intervene soon. The diagnosis is that she probably fell as a child, causing her mandible to lock. This prevented the growth of the mandible. The doctor’s plan is to reconstruct part of the jaw by removing two ribs and using them to form the new joint. She will need two or three surgeries within a year. After the first surgery, she will be able to open her jaw. And about six months later, after she builds facial muscles and gains weight, the second surgery will involve moving the jaw forward. The main surgeon from India has done many surgeries and trained under a famous Surgeon in Zurich . He is an excellent young physician and his most recent similar surgery was about two weeks ago. He showed Aster pictures of a boy about the same age as Aster, and his ability to open his mouth . Aster saw the pictures and smiled with her eyes.
Aster loves having lots of brothers and sisters at New Hope. Her favorite thing is Church and enjoys studying Oromic in school. She would also like you to know she would like to be a doctor. If you are able to help with her travel and medical expenses, we would be extremely grateful!
Boy’s Dormitory Project (2018-2019)
The existing Boy’s Dorm at New Hope Center was built in 2008 and houses 20 boys. It is a cinder block building built on a rock & cement foundation. The dorm has served well for 9 years, but because of the poor subsoil, torrential summertime rain, and the inability to economically pour a properly reinforced foundation, it poses a danger for the boys living there. The dorm is literally crumbling. Several attempts have been made to repair and reinforce the building and foundation (the most recent in 2016), but none have produced long lasting results. Each team that travels to New Hope reports more and more damage. There are places where you can put your hand through the cracks in the walls. It has become clear that a new dorm is essential.
TCF is raising money to build a new dormitory made up of six 8’ X 20’ modular bedroom units situated around a large central living room. The entire structure will be covered with a large overhanging roof, with gutters that will adequately manage rainwater. These units, built by Sango Building Industrial Ltd. in China, will be like individual building blocks joined together to create a structure that requires a minimal foundation, and one that can withstand significant soil movement without damaging the individual units. Five 2-bunk bedroom units, each with screened windows, electricity, and tables and chairs, will house at least 20 boys. One single bed unit, with a bathroom, will be for the house parent. The 20′ X 30′ center living area will be well lit, and have tables and benches for eating, studying and other activities. A 10’covered porch will run across the entire front of the building.
A. To provide sponsorship assistance for every student, teacher, and staff member at New Hope that would ensure adequate funding for the operation and well-being of the children and orphanage.
B. Build a new Boy’s Dormitory (2019)
Funds Needed: $65,000 – $100,000
Specifics: The existing Boy’s dorm was built in 2008, and because of the poor subsoil, torrential summertime rain, and the inability to pour a proper reinforced foundation, it is literally crumbling. The dorm has been repaired many times, (most recently in the summer of 2016 – see below) but has large holes and cracks that make it unsafe.
C. Develop programs that will allow New Hope to be self-sustaining.
(2016) Repair current boy’s dormitory – COMPLETED
Time Frame: Summer 2016 Specifics: The dormitory needs concrete and structural repairs. Stabilize the SE corner of the dorm, by removing the currently damaged wall, replacing the footings & floor, then building the new wall to build plans. This is not a permanent fix, but will keep the boys safer from falling in concrete, vermin, and malaria carrying mosquitoes.
(2013) Build Secondary School – COMPLETED
Our Mission for 2013 was to build an addition to the present school for children up to tenth grade.
We have successfully completed the work, and classes began in December of 2013.
(2015) Purchase Adjacent Property – COMPLETED
In 2015, with $50,000 raised through our generous contributors, Tomorrow Come Foundation purchased 6 hectares (approximately 15 acres) of land which will allow us to expand. On that same trip, we built a fence to surround the new space, give the old school a new coat of paint, and install a new security gate.
Install Solar Pump for the Well – COMPLETED
The addition of the solar pump provides the children at New Hope and the people of the surrounding community with clean drinking water every day. The old electrical pump was not reliable due to intermittent electricity, and the pumps were regularly burning out from the power surges.
We are raising funds to support all 14 teachers, including a principal, at the school from kindergarten up to tenth grade. In 2015, we gave 25% salary increases for all teachers. This ensures that New Hope will be able retain the most qualified teachers in the area. And again this year we are also giving the teachers a raise in order to remain competitive.
We will continue to put emphasis on health education for the children, the orphans and the community.
The foundation will be gathering all kinds of teaching aids, CD’s, DVD’s, educational videos, which will be complimentary to their education.
We want to facilitate medical team’s stays at the School Campus and help in setting up clinics to help the orphans, the other students, their families and the community. We are interested in setting up future clinics and establishing bridges of communications between orphanages and medical mission teams. In view of the very successful medical missions, we are planning on adding biyearly medical missions, typically in the spring and fall of each year. We will bring medical and humanitarian help to the school and community.
In 2015, two Medical/Humanitarian Teams (comprised of 10 medical doctors, 1 chiropractor, 2 nurse practitioners, 10 nurses, 1 medical student, 1 pilot, 5 painters, 5 carpenters, and 2 electricians) saw over 650+ patients! Cases ranged from gunshot wounds to complex neurological disorders. Additionally, the doctors trained and taught at the University of Ambo Medical School (local university).