learning Lions Scholars Program

Though our Origins Homes children already enjoy a great education, at GFI, we want to extend that basic right to as many students as possible. Our Learning Lions program has this goal in mind. Learning Lions is a community based education support program for local, underprivileged children who have families, most often low-income, single mothers.

 Betasab took my burden away because I don't have to think about her school. I can focus on her meals.

Betasab took my burden away because I don't have to think about her school. I can focus on her meals.

These families lack sufficient resources to provide for all the needs of their children and struggle to keep their children enrolled and successfully performing in school. To help families avoid the terrible choice of eating, or medicine, or buying school supplies, GFI provides schoolbooks and materials including pens, pencils, notebooks, uniforms, shoes, backpacks, an extra set of clothing and shoes, and supplement school fees. Our Ethiopian staff has regular meetings with the caregivers and children, and know the struggles they face and share in the successes they achieve.

The material, financial, emotional, and educational support these families receive from GFI underscore our core beliefs: every child deserves an education because he or she is a citizen of the world.

    WHAT WE'VE ACHIEVED IN LEARNING LIONS

    • 100% school retention for our Learning Lions Scholars.
    • Program participant families report significant improvements in their children’s abilities to attend school including:
      • Program participant families report significant improvements in their children’s abilities to attend school including:
      • Improved outlook for their children’s futures as they advance in school.
    • A strong sense of “belonging” for both children and their parents and the knowledge that someone is looking out for them.