Having worked in Ethiopia for over 16 years, Real Humanitarian has established a proven model to achieve its mission and break the cycle of poverty in Ethiopia. This model is called the ‘Holistic Child Centered Network’ (HCCN) which we run in our nine educational and support centers.
Our holistic centers provide comprehensive support to each child participant to fill the critical gaps impeding their development and success. Our holistic centers provide support and programs in the following areas:
We provide comprehensive educational support to all the children registered in our programs. Our Holistic Model fills the most common gaps and obstacles that face a child’s path to education in Ethiopia, this includes covering school fees, purchasing school uniforms, providing educational materials (pencils, notebooks, books, etc.). The most impactful asset of our Educational Support program is our tutoring and academic support services; each child visits their center daily to work on homework and receive personalized support from our educators and tutors as needed.
We provide healthy hot lunches and daily snacks to each student at our centers, five days a week. For many, this is the only hot meal they will receive. During times of crises, we also provide food and hygiene hampers for our families.
Health & Dental Support
Each child has an in-take physical and an annual check-up to monitor their medical and dental health. Expedition groups bring foreign-trained medical and dental professionals to care for the students and their families. Contracts with local medical and dental service providers are in place to provide care when needed.
After School Clubs
All of our students are also encouraged to participate in after-school clubs and special projects, such as art, drama, music, dance, sports, literature, environment, gardening, debate, and more. Our clubs are run by local volunteers, many of whom are alumni of our programs.
Empowerment & Gender Equity Programs
Starting in 2021, each of our centers will run girl empowerment, positive masculinity, and gender equity programs. These year-long comprehensive after-school workshops are created and implemented by the REALgirl Foundation.
Post-Secondary Scholarship Programs & Alumni Support
After completing high school, students also have the opportunity to continue their studies in Universities, Colleges, Technical and Trade Schools, and Vocational Training Program. Graduated students have also come together to form ‘Alumni Association’ which helps the students connect with fellow Alumni and support one another, emotionally, socially, and professionally. Alumni also return and provide support to the Centers as mentors and tutors.