Nov 29 - The Betasab Project: The Global Family Initiative Helping Orphans and Women in Ethiopia

Thursday, November 29, 2018
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Lawrence Memorial Library, Bristol, Vermont

Betasab means Family in Amharic, and the Betasab Project provides permanent family homes for orphaned and abandoned children, where they are cared for by a mother and auntie. Located in Addis Abbaba, Ethiopia, the Betasab Project seeks to provide stability and love for children who would otherwise miss out on knowing what being part of a supportive family means. The program works to halt the cycle of poverty by empowering women and children with infrastructure, resources and educational opportunities. 

Claudia Cooper has been visiting and working in Ethiopia since 2003. She is co-founder of the Global Family Initiative (GFI) whose first venture is the Batasab Project. She will speak of her personal experiences, highlight the program’s successes and hurdles, and share stories of the children that GFI’s Betasab serves. Cooper will explain where the organization is now as her daughter Meskerem, who she adopted from Ethiopia, is about to take the helm.

This event is sponsored by One World Library Project and supported by the Vermont Humanities Council. It is free and handicapped accessible.