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The CNEWA Connection

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Our regional director in Addis Ababa, Argaw Fantu, explains that family issues are a primary concern in Ethiopia. “CNEWA, being a partner in determining the needs of the local church, supports family formation programs nationally and locally,” he writes. “These programs are aimed at forming families morally and spiritually.” He adds that CNEWA’s support extends also to easing poverty and uplifting the poor, particularly mothers. One initiative is the Meki’s Kidist Mariam Center, a vocational program to help alleviate poverty for rural families.

Poverty, he emphasizes, is a critical issue for families in Ethiopia. It is driving many children to the streets, so there are efforts underway to help empower mothers economically, with skills training and education. The decline in formal marriages is another concern, so CNEWA is supporting initiatives to strengthen families and give young people the support that comes from a good home life.

The benefits, Mr. Fantu writes, are immeasurable.

“These programs,” he writes, “are aimed at forming families in which Christian values can be lived, shared and witnessed in the wider society. Young people need to have model Christian families.”

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