“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.”

Proverbs 3:27

About Korah

On the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital city, there is a garbage dump which is the home to over 100,000 people. This community is called Korah. Many residents are lepers, HIV/AIDS victims, widows, and orphans—people marginalized and left to suffer. Springfield, MO based nonprofit, I Pour Life, is empowering women in Korah, Ethiopia through their 10×10 program.

What is 10×10?

10×10 is I Pour Life’s women-led, family empowerment program. The program targets impoverished groups of women with a diagnosis of leprosy at risk of losing their children. Participants learn a trade and become financially self-sufficient. Over ten months, women begin taking steps to lift themselves out of extreme poverty through earning power. The cost for a woman to enter the 10×10 program is $1000. This covers start-up capital, medical expenses, immediate basic living needs, education for children, and emergency reserve.

Amsale’s Story

Amsale is a pillar in the community of Korah. She is a street vendor, with a knack for sales. With her income, she provides for her four children and even cares for her ill mother-in-law. Not only has she overcome extreme poverty, but she is also a leader to other women in their fight to care for their families. Not long ago, however, this was only a dream for her. She was a leper, struggling with malnutrition and disease. From hardship to hope, Amsale’s life was transformed with a hand-up through I Pour Life’s 10×10 program.

Let’s Make it Happen

The needs that these women have and the opportunity we have to help are things we can all agree upon. Will you help us? The most obvious way to assist us is by making a donation, but there are many ways to lend a hand. Share our campaign with a friend, give us a place to stay, or write us a friendly email. Whatever you do is appreciated and nothing is taken for granted.