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Omo-Child Ethiopia

€3,000 goal

Campaign created 9 months ago
What is Omo-Child Ethiopia?  

Omo-Child is an Ethiopian organisation founded by Lale Labuko to rescue children and to stop the Mingi-tradition. New born babies and children are killed by the elders because of this tradition. In their eyes, those children are cursed and will bring harm and bad luck. There are 3 different reasons for killing children:  

•               If they are born out of marriage  
•               If the elders and the king don’t approve to the birth of them  
•               If they grow their first teeth on the upper jaw and not on the lower jaw  

Then, they wait until the children are born and kill them by drowning them in a river, throwing them from a cliff or just letting them starve to death in the bushes. Lale Labuko, who was also born in one of those tribes, was the first to attend a school and get educated. Now he committed his life to rescue those infants and stop the Mingi-tradition, which he already achieved in his own tribe. After he saves the children, he brings them to (his home/the Omo-Child shelter), where already about 50 children live, who are taken care of with love. (by step-mothers, his wife and himself)  
 
Who are we?  

We are three students attending the Fadingerstraße 'high school' in Austria. Lale Labuko came to our school and presented Omo-Child Ethiopia. He told us what he has already achieved and invited us to come to his village/house. At the moment his organisation is raising money for building a new school, where they will need voluntary teachers for the children. All of us three were heart-touched by the story he shared and immediately loved the idea of visiting the Omo-Child home. Now we are trying to organise this trip to Ethiopia and need financial support.  
 
What do we do there?  

We will bring them goods like clothes, school supplies and some soccer/basketballs and we want to learn more about those children and the project. This journey should help us get a first impression of how it would look like to go there and teach the children for a longer period of time (half to 1 year).  
 
Why do we need so much money?  

Especially the vaccinations and the flights cost a lot of money, where we would need support. If donations reach our goal, 50% of the money will directly go to the Omo-Child organisation. Also, if we need less money, the rest is going directly to Omo-Child Ethiopia.  
 
Where can you find out more about the Omo-Child foundation or us?  
 
There is an official website for Omo-Child Ethiopia which you can look up if you want to learn more about the project. -->  http://omochildethiopia.org/  
Despite that, there is also an official German website where you can find an article about us supporting this project. -->  https://www.omochildren.info/news-en/
Lale Labuko also created a documentary film about his efforts against the Mingi-tradition. -->  http://omochildmovie.com/    and  https://www.amazon.com/Omo-Child-John-Rowe/dp/B076X85MQ1
We will try to create an Instagram account, where we keep you updated about the trip and what is going on. (Sadly, the internet in Ethiopia isn’t the best and there are a lot of connection breakdowns.)  

If you have a question about us or this campaign, don't hesitate to contact us via email:
maerkl.laurenz@gmail.com
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€3,000 goal

Campaign created 9 months ago
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