What is Look Development?
Look Development is a nonprofit ministry located in Ethiopia with the purpose to follow God in defending the cause of the fatherless and rescue the orphaned and needy from poverty.
Look Development seeks to be a model of a holistic approach to a self sustaining community that provides hope through love, nutrition, education, shelter, clothing, and healthcare to needy and orphaned children through child sponsorship. A vital component is a self generating income and training that is offered to sponsor children's parents and guardians. There are opportunities for them to be involved in small scale income generating activities and develop skills for them to generate income for their families. There is a shoe making apprenticeship, a saw mill, and a wood working training school. There is also training with using sewing machines, soap making tools, and masonry tools. They also receive help starting small coffee/tea brewing businesses, small home front stores, hair salons, and raising dairy cows, goats, and chickens.
Hope Ranch of Montana is a 501c3 nonprofit that serves as the US side of Look Development coordinating all sponsorship, sponsor travel, and development of projects.
The vision of Look Development is to look at the injustice of the poor and have a God developed response to be part of the solution through serving vulnerable children and their families. To show the love of God by being an instrument of his mercy and compassion through providing children with dignity for a better future through access to education, discipleship, proper nutrition, and medical care.
Our mission is to serve the poorest of the poor and provide holistic and transformational humanitarian service. To build up the life of vulnerable children to be self sufficient on sustainable bases, and make them active and creative members of the community through access to education, health facilities, and social service and to reduce the negative impact of HIV/AIDS on orphaned and vulnerable children, their family, and the community.
AwassaAwassa or Hawassa is on the shores of Lake Awassa in the Great Rift Valley. The city lies on the Trans-African Highway. Fishing is a major local industry. The Look Development Project is located in the Tulo Kebele which is located on a hill side along Lake Awassa. The total population in Tulo Kebele is estimated about 14,138 people. This area is very poor and the children are living in difficult circumstances and face many hardships such as polygamy, no running water, or electricity and lack of access to the most basic of needs if not sponsored. It is currently estimated that there are about 535 orphans in Tulo. Sponsored children attend a local school, are given clothing, uniforms, supplemental food aid, educational support, Christian mentorship, and educational, economical, physiological, and social services.
ShoneShone is in Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR) , is roughly 350 km south of Addis Ababa. It is the Hadiya Zone which has a population of 1.35 million and is divided into 11 Woredas (districts), including Shone town. Shone is in a rural setting much as one would picture Africa with huts, carts pulled by oxen and a very simple way of life that appears beautiful if visited after the rainy season. But sadly Shone is a region that continually suffers from droughts that greatly effects the way of life for the people and exasperates poverty and malnutrition for countless precious children. The sponsorship program is changing the lives of the children in Shone for good. A school has been built, as well as basketball courts, and three playgrounds. This is also the location of our vibrant Care Center for orphans. Look Development Shone is the center for the implementation of self generating income activities for parents and guardians.
AdamaAdama is a busy transportation center in central Ethiopia. The city is situated along the road that connects Addis Ababa with Dire Dawa. A large number of trucks use this same route to travel to and from the seaports of Djibouti and Asseb. The sponsor children in Adama enjoy time at the Look Development office where they play games together, are mentored, tutored, receive supplemental food aid, training in different life skills and a safe haven from the streets of Adama. Their sponsorship includes school fees, uniforms, access to medical care, educational support, Christian mentorship, and educational, economical, physiological, and social services.
Care CenterThe Care Center children are temporarily in foster care with local families in Shone. The facility is currently functioning as a day Care Center and a safe house. A few children remain at the project full time. A new Care Center has been purchased and is being renovated. Our prayerful purpose is for the children to be able to return to their home at the Care Center.