Hanna Orphans’ Home is an orphanage based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia which cares for over 170 children. The majority of the children have lost both parents to HIV and Aids, but some have living parents who are just too sick to care for them.
Founded and run by an Ethiopian woman called Hanna Teshome, the orphanage homes are situated in and around Addis Ababa.
Hanna founded Hanna Orphans Home in 1994 after being asked to look after Samson, a baby orphaned by HIV. Since then, the orphanage has grown to care for well over 200 children throughout the years, and employs over 20 members of staff, but Hanna is still the driving force behind everything that happens.
Hanna is very involved in the children’s lives; they all call her ‘a-tetay’ which roughly means ‘big sister’. She has devoted her life to running the orphanage – something that her husband and three children can attest to!
She believes passionately that children need stability, love and opportunity as well as the day-to-day things such as food, shelter and clothes. She works hard to make sure that Hanna Orphans Home can provide that for as many children as possible.
The orphanage’s work is two-fold – they currently have eight group homes where they house children who live together in small groups under the care of a House Mother, and they also help children who live with their families through their delivery of community-based care and support. They offer financial assistance to these families as well as helping with medical treatments where necessary and helping to provide educational materials.
One of the main pillars of the orphanage is the focus on education and learning and children from both the group homes and community learn and play together on the orphanage land, alongside attending their public education.
It’s very important to Hanna – and us – that the orphanage is part of the surrounding community. This means the children grow up as active members of society and not just children who are ‘different’ and tucked away in an institution. Here you can learn more about how Hanna Orphan’s Home and Hanna’s Orphanage have worked together.