Hope and a Future provides education for up to 500 of the poorest children in Shashemene. The children are given a nutritious daily meal, clean drinking water, basic health care, school uniforms and shoes. Teachers and support staff are employed from the local community.
Over the past two years the charity has developed a farming project with the local leprosy community and has completed the building of a Disability Centre and Youth Centre.
The Hope and a Future Charity was founded in 2007 by Kevin and Christine Keenan following a humanitarian trip to the town of Shashemene in the south of Ethiopia. The primary aim of the charity is to show God’s love to some of the poorest people in Shashemene in a practical and meaningful way. The charity is overseen by a Board of dedicated people from Randalstown.