Vast Cares Trip
Take a trip with VAST Cares and volunteer your time and donations while you´re in Ethiopia. VAST Cares integrates community service and group donations into your Ethiopian tour. VAST Cares has a variety of partners doing different activities. VAST Cares tends to place a strong emphasis on education and learning and can organize visits in which you can work with school children, donate school supplies or be part of the curriculum.
VAST Cares partners and facilitates support for the following organizations:
Fregenet Foundation: A primary school set up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2004 to honor Fregenet Tafesse Woubshet, a 29-year-old American citizen of Ethiopian origin, who died in an auto accident. The school enrolls children from the poor communities of Addis Abeba and HIV/AIDS orphans. In 2014, there were more than 285 students enrolled.
Ethiopia Reads: NGO that has planted over 60 libraries across Ethiopia and created and implemented a librarian and educator peer mentoring and training program.
PET Mobility Project: Every year students from McPherson College help raise awareness and funds to benefit the Personal Energy Transportation project, which creates all-terrain wheelchairs designed for disabled people living in developing countries.
Leverage for Lalibela (Hefboom voor Lalibela): The Belgian-based NGO was created as a result of the city-partnership between Peer, Belgium and Lalibela. The partnership has resulted in supporting youth and sport, healthcare, agriculture and education programs in and around Lalibela.