Wolaitta Village is a community centered project that will help to serve the hungry, poor, widowed, and orphan children in the Southern Region of Ethiopia. Located 500km south of the capital city of Addis Ababa, the community of Soddo Ethiopia is rich in beautiful people, culture, and natural resources but the overwhelming sorrows of poverty have diminished the hope of survival for many of it’s people.
In 2009, 10 beautiful acres were secured and the plans, designed by Arizona State University School of Architect lead by Jack DeBartolo in 2012, was for an orphanage. However, over the past 2 years the governmental oversite and view of orphanages and orphan care has changed drastically. The 4Mati Foundation has adapted it’s original design plan to help continue to care for orphans and the community through a 2 Phase project: start of self-sustaining businesses and a children’s transition home. The goal of these projects are to provide long term care for orphans through the work of it’s own people rather than relaying on constant donations. The orphanage designs will become a Children’s Transition Home that will help children transition back into their families or find new families through in-country adoption/foster care.
Currently there is only 1 orphanage under the support of Children’s Cross Connection that is located in Soddo. This orphanage continues to struggle to feed, diaper, clothe, and provide healthcare to hundreds of children. When international adoption slowed down to a near end, so did the support and donations to orphanages. However, the number of abandoned starving children continued to rise and the cycle of abandonment, starvation, and death continues to be insurmountable.
The 4Mati Foundation is passionate about supporting orphan care through self-sustaining projects that will provide life-long care for these abandoned children while teaching the community how to care for their own people without long term international support.
The original architectural designs will be used to incorporate a 2 Phase project plan that is designed to teach a self-sustaining buisness model, concept of “donating” back to the community, and most importantly breaking the cycle of dependency that will prove to uplift a community long-term.
PHASE 1 Self-Sustaining Businesses:
PHASE 2 Children’s Transition Home