Addis Ababa…it sure is fun to say, but living there can be pretty rough. The Lelt Foundation is dedicated to serving vulnerable youth in and around this city in Ethiopia. The extremely poor neighborhood of Kara Kore, where families live in small huts and food is not a guarantee each day, has a primary school called the Repi School. Lelt supporters target individual students with donations so they can eat a nutritious midday meal at school, thus allowing them to actually pay attention to class instead of a grumbling stomach. Attendance goes up, health increases dramatically, education begins to thrive…al because the human body begins to get the calories it needs. The foundation also provides tutoring, computer training, shelter, medical attention, psychological counseling, and morale boosting. For 35 bucks a month you can support the full cost for a student, and adding an additional $15 supports his or her family as well (providing cooking oil, grains, rice, medical supplies, etc). The foundation runs lean and mean, with 100% of your donation going to the mission statement–all overhead is already covered by a private donor.
The Lelt Foundation has expanded to provide a music program at a boy’s orphanage, and they are gearing up to create a program home for up to ten orphans plus two widows who will be employed as House Mother and Auntie. The kids will be cared for practically and also in the immeasurable ways that a nurturing home environment provides. The organization is an example of direct assistance, where you know the dollars you invest go directly where you intend…and that’s an investment in the future.