Elshadai now

Currently 160 children are cared for by Elshadai, 148 at the orphanage itself and 12 young adults studying at universities & colleges around Ethiopia. The children’s ages range from babies to young adults and all live as one large family cared for by a dedicated team.



Visiting FECIN members catch some of the children on camera.

Circle games at Elshadai.

The bulk of the present funding comes from Elshadai’s charitable partners in Switzerland who are over-burdened with the responsibility of meeting the children’s day-to-day needs, So FECIN is inviting people to sponsor the work of the orphanage so care can continue to be given at Elshadai. See more here                                              

Elshadai was begun in 1989 in response to atrocities during the civil war that left children destitute. Famine and the ravages of HIV/AIDS meant more children lost homes and parents so needed a new home. 

The Elshadai school that provides good quality education for the orphans on site has grown in strength so that it attracts pupils from the local village of Wukro too. It has a well-managed, well-equipped kindergarten providing high quality pre-school education.



Lining up for class.

Music lesson with instruments funded by FECIN members.

There is a complete primary school up to Grade 8, each grade with its own teacher. It has a science laboratory with equipment funded by FECIN and a growing library available to both Elshadai and local community students.

Elshadai has its own extensive farm enabling the orphanage to be partly self-sufficient, contributing food to keep the children well fed as well as giving teaching and learning opportunities. All the children help on the farm where cereal crops, vegetables and fruit are grown. There is a herd of milking cows, sheep, chicken and beehives all of which help to feed the children.


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