In the Orominya language, Mana Gammachuu means ‘House of Joy’. Our Mana Gammachuu orphanage for abandoned babies is located south and east of Addis Ababa in the Oromia region of Ethiopia in a town called Shashemene. Little ones are cared for by a wonderful staff of nannies and a full-time nurse. The babies and toddlers are officially registered with Mana Gammachuu orphanage when they are brought by the police after being found abandoned.
Permanency for Children
Since 2012 we have worked tirelessly to champion adoption for children whose biological parents are unknown. Adopting “someone else’s” child is contrary to Ethiopian culture, so we bring awareness of God’s heart for orphans and adoption to the Ethiopian Christian community through seminars and workshops. It is gratifying to see acceptance of adoption take root in the Christian culture with Ethiopians embracing the abandoned children in their communities. All of the children brought to our Mana Gammachuu orphanage are successfully adopted into Christian homes, for which we are thankful!
The heart of any orphanage is the nanny-mommies who give the day-to-day care to the children. There is one nanny for every three children along with two full-time cleaners who wash the clothes and make sure the facility is clean. A full-time nurse is on staff who supervises the nannies and ensures the children are well cared for and protocol standards are being met. The nurse makes sure the babies are fed properly, are immunized on schedule, documents their physical and cognitive progress, and intervenes when there are health issues. Mana Gammachuu is licensed to take children from birth to 5-years-old.
This ‘Joyful House’ is supported by donations from individuals and churches. The average budget to run Mana Gammachuu for one month is $8,000 which includes formula, food, salaries, utilities, transportation and office supplies. We are extremely grateful for the partners who commit their finances so vulnerable babies can grow up healthy and loved until they are placed in a permanent family.