Project HOPEFUL Awassa

Richard and I sponsor two children, a 6 yr. old and a 17 yr. old, through an organization called Project HOPEFUL Awassa.  Awassa is a community in Ethiopia.

I would like you to meet them! Here are some pictures that we have received since becoming their FIGS.


Rediet receiving stickers. I die.



Yeah, that’s our man. And he pops that collar. I die. Again.



Samuel receiving a blanket for Christmas provided by Project HOPEFUL


Rediet and her Aunt receiving wheat via Project Hopeful


Rediet and Rebekah. Rebekah was part of the Project HOPEFUL team that goes over there  every year. All sponsors have the opportunity to go if they wish. One day we hope we can meet Rediet and Samuel in person.

We found out about this organization through our good friends Hannah and Jimmy.  I had seen several posts from Hannah on Facebook about becoming a FIG…and although I had no idea what a FIG was, I somehow managed to avoid looking too closely at another post about children in Africa.  Hannah and Jimmy have such good hearts, I would tell myself.  Look at them, posting something else about another opportunity to help others.  I wish I could be like that.

There I was, surfing Facebook, while sitting on my faux leather couch with my bag of chips, worrying about how many calories I’ve eaten that day what I’m going to eat next, rejecting every opportunity that God (and Hannah) were giving me to actually be like that.

One day, Hannah posted again about becoming a “FIG.”  Okay, I thought to myself. What the crap is a FIG.  So, you know what I did?  I finally clicked the link…and when I did, I was faced with lots of beautiful little faces looking  back at me, who clearly needed help. I talked to Hannah.  She connected me with Charisa and Greg Knight, who sent me more information and pictures of those kids who still needed a Family In the Gap. That’s when we found them. Samuel, who has lost his father, lives apart from his mother, and is studying hard to be a doctor one day.  His favorite subject is Chemistry.  Beautiful Rediet; an orphan, living with her aunt in the Awassa community and struggling with poverty and having enough to eat.  There they were, waiting to be found and waiting for someone to help them.  Waiting for someone to put down their bag of chips and finally click that link on Facebook out of curiosity.  You have clicked the link…now please say yes to them.  You don’t have to do a monthly sponsorship to help.  You can share this page, or other pages about Project HOPEFUL Awassa, on your social network sites.  You can purchase a goat with your small group, or just your family, at any point for $45.  You can donate.  There are so many ways that you can be like that too.

You even have an opportunity to receive pictures and updates throughout the year on Facebook once you become a FIG, and send packages to them throughout the year. This isn’t an organization that asks you to give but doesn’t allow you to SEE how you’re helping. We can SEE the wheat and the blankets they receive. We can SEE their faces when they receive an envelope full of goodies. You can SEE them receiving goats that you paid for. It is fabulous.

More information about Project HOPEFUL Awassa, and what YOU can do, below.

Why Project HOPEFUL Awassa?

In working with Project HOPEFUL’s FIG (Family in the Gap) program we have a sponsorship style program that provides the following for sponsored children- some of which live at Ajuuja while others live alone or with family in the community near Ajuuja:

  • clothing and shoes two times a year
  • medical checkup twice a year and medication in the case of sickness
  • basic hygiene materials three times a year
  • food support (formula/milk for children in the center and wheat for children in the community)
  • all the necessary school supplies twice a year with school uniform and back bag once a year
  • annual recreational trip around Awassa
  • annual get together at Ajuuja Center
  • sporting goods like balls, soccer shoe and jerseys
  • regular prayer with men of God invited from different churches at Awassa
  • Christmas and Easter celebrations with staff at Ajuuja and invited guests from the community

We are thankful for the work that Project HOPEFUL does and consider it a privilege to join the effort. We know that God loves the Awassa children more than we can even comprehend and pray that our efforts will bring glory to His name as we heed His call to bring help to widows and orphans.

In your role as FIG advocate you agree to:

  • commit to praying regularly for “your” child or family
  • financially support for $30 per month

There are many other ways to support our Awassa Initiative:

  • You can give one time donations to our general fund to help fund special needs and things that sponsorship may not cover.
  • You can be a monthly giver of any amount to help fund projects and children who do not have a FIG yet. Every single dollar helps.
  • A goat or sheep can be provided for a family to provide meat or income from their offspring for $45 each.

We will also have income generating projects and skill training to help people achieve independence. You could help a family start their own business (tailored to what that family could realistically do in their area and ability.) Contact us if you  or your business would like to be a business backer for a family in the community.

Here are a few of the children that YOU could make part of your family!

(if the slide show doesn’t show up head over to this link:
To contact us with questions or to set up a FIG sponsorship email us

You can also join us at facebook at and see live updates and pictures:

To donate go here:

Make sure to select FIG Awassa Ethiopia Initiative in the campaign box!

Thank you for your love of the orphan!

Greg and Charisa Knight


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