The children at Hawassa Children's Center have waited a long time to start playing in and spending their nights at the new dormitory built with support from the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Small Grants Program.
For many of the staff and supporters of the Center, the opening of Hawassa was a special and nostalgic moment. As the children rushed into their new home and explored every nook and cranny of the space, it became clear that a small amount of funding can change lives.
Originally, the Hawassa Children's Center could only house some 70 orphans and vulnerable children. But after receiving a PEPFAR small grant in 2008, the Hawassa Children's Center, located in southern Ethiopia, was able to enlarge the dormitory. Now open, the new construction has increased the intake capacity of the center by 100 children.
The inauguration of the new dormitory was attended by the PEPFAR Ethiopia team, representatives from the town, and more than 40 children who will be living in the new center.
During the inauguration of the new dormitory representatives from the town administration and the PEPFAR Ethiopia office emphasized the need to focus on sustainability of projects and the importance of integrating the children into the community.
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