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 original plans, designed by Arizona State University School of Architect lead by Jack DeBartolo, were intended 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 plan to help continue to care for orphans and the community through self-sustaining projects. 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.
Currently there are 3 orphanages located in Soddo, Awassa, and Shashamene that are struggling 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 these 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 these orphanages 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 3 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.