Founding

1 januari 2009

Founding

Let Us Change was founded in the beginning of 2009 by Johan Vandenbossche and Aynalem w/ Emanuel. It all started with one boy that lived on the streets out of necessity. In December 2008 Aynalem a retired teacher, and Johan, who was in Ethiopia for his master thesis as a journalist met each other, and later they met N, a small boy on the street. They promised each other to take care for him. N. would be living with Aynalem, and Johan would make sure that Aynalem would always be able to care for the boy. The idea L.U.C. soon was born.

Local NGO

1 april 2009

Local NGO

It soon became clear that it wouldn’t stop with one child. There were still so many in the same situation. Two boys joined quickly afterwards. They cosily lived together in Aynalem’s house where they received shelter, food and above all: love. The three of them were sent to school. Meanwhile the local NGO ‘Let Us Change Ethiopia’ was founded and Johan started searching for sponsors in Belgium for the big dream: a home for 20 street children.

Let Us Change I

1 februari 2010

Let Us Change I

Finally a suitable and affordable house was found: 3 rooms, a bathroom and a small kitchen. Our own small paradise. Nine sero-negative (!) children joined the LUC-family almost immediately. They were all found near the church spire, where the greatest part of the beggars live. Personnel was also hired to take care of the children, carefully picked out at the same place…

Families

1 maart 2010

Families

The nine newcomers visibly progressed rapidly in their first weeks. At the end of March one could really notice a metamorphosis had taken place, physically as well as mentally. Meanwhile the first small houses for some parents of the 12 children were rented, as well as for some other extremely poor families. Those who were capable were helped in finding a job, the children were sent to school.

Roof and Imprisoned Children

1 september 2010

Roof and Imprisoned Children

Since the house began to burst at its seams as three additional children joined in the meantime, a new building was constructed in the summer of 2011 with permission of the landlord. Between the house and this new kitchen a roof was constructed, so the children can play and eat outside, also in the rainy season. L.U.C. also started paying the educational costs of 20 children stuck in a prison in Dilla, a city south of Awassa. They were imprisoned because of crimes their mothers committed. 14 euro per child per year to make it defensible and provide education, so they have a fair chance when they become adult and may leave prison. A small price.

Birth Certificates

1 juli 2011

Birth Certificates

The birth certificates for our 19 children are all taken care of. 19, since 4 additional girls recently joined. Two of the LUC-children had such good school results they were allowed to skip a year, the others also did very well. The number of small houses we rent in Awassa for poor families increased to 40, bringing the number of aided people to around 130. Most of the adults in this group finally found a job.

Tax Deductible in Belgium

1 april 2012

Tax Deductible in Belgium

LUC became tax deductible in Belgium in April 2012 thanks to a cooperation with Caritas International. This was a big step towards fundraising and required a significant effort from our side. Also 100 warm blankets were distributed among the beggars with the most severe needs. Again a couple of LUC-children had such fabulous results during Christmas tests, they were given permission to skip a year in September 2012 – only one year after they lived on the streets! At the end of april 2012 the number of people aided by LUC by means of renting a small house increased to 170.

Volunteers

1 augustus 2012

Volunteers

More than 10 volunteers from 5 different countries visited L.U.C. during the summer of 2012. They refreshed the house and played with the children, who once again had fine results at school. Bad news was given by the Ethiopian government: a container stacked with supplies Wereld Missie Hulp wanted to send to Ethiopia was not allowed to cross the Ethiopian borders. A huge disappointment.

Expansion

1 januari 2013

Expansion

A sponsor assured us they would provide budget for a second house. Promptly no less than 15 new children were included in the current house, which brought the total of children to 34. We couldn’t wait any longer, the need was too high. Again a big step. And at least equally important: all of them (newcomers as well as veterans) sero-negative!

Let Us Change II

1 juni 2013

Let Us Change II

We have waited for a long time, but finally our second home is a fact. It’s a beautiful house with a nice garden in a quiet neighbourhood, nearby our first home. It will be the place where our girls and youngsters will grow up happily. We also have our own Bajaj now, a fantastic thing. It allows us to go where and when we want. You can read all about it here.

Exponential growth

1 januari 2014

Exponential growth

A new year, a new moment of growth. During the last quarter of 2013, more than 20 new children joined, bringing the total up to 56. We were able to do this thanks to the extra capacity delivered by the second house. Additionally, a new Trees-project was founded in Ethiopia, as well as and a partner organisation in The Netherlands (Stichting Let Us Change). Things are moving fast.

Let Us Change III

1 augustus 2014

Let Us Change III

Exactly one year after we rented a second house, we now open our third house. Due to the very steep growth in numbers of children, the second house quickly became too busy for the little ones. These 9 youngsters have now been moved to a third house, where they have a more quiet environment to grow up and adapted care can be given. Another (great) step forward!

(Nederlands) Weer enkele kindjes erbij!

7 maart 2016

(Nederlands) Weer enkele kindjes erbij!

Not only these cuties came to live in the Let Us Change house. We also offer a temporary home to children who lived on the street where the parents are living on the coutnryside. The government is working hard to link these children back to their family. But this brother and siter will stay forever with us!