Lighthouse of Ethiopia is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity organization founded to reduce poverty and disease in Ethiopia by developing local partnerships with lifesaving medical clinics in significantly underserved and rural Ethiopian communities.
Our mission is to improve the quality of healthcare services available in Ethiopia, by donating funds and distributing vital diagnostic medical equipment and healthcare supplies to local health facilities in need. These Ethiopian clinics and hospitals provide doctors, nurses & international medical volunteers a place to offer compassionate non-discriminatory healthcare services to patients of all ages.
Our Founder and Managing Director, Kendall Valenzuela, established Lighthouse of Ethiopia in 2019.
A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, improving the quality and availability of vital healthcare services for Ethiopians suffering from poverty and disease.
Largest population in Africa, Ethiopia has
119 Million people.
Live below the poverty line, where the average wage is $1.49/ hour.
1 in 13
Children in Sub-Saharan Africa die before reaching their 5th birthday...15 times higher than in high-income countries.
Live in rural areas, with limited or no access to existing health care services.
DID YOU KNOW?
Ethiopia is one of the twenty most impoverished countries on earth, and is known at a global level for having the lowest density of healthcare workers.
An estimated 60-80% of health problems are due to infectious and communicable diseases and nutrition problems.
Ethiopia is one of the largest refugee hosting countries in Africa, sheltering 748,448 registered refugees and asylum seekers as of February 29, 2020.
70% of the Ethiopian population lives in rural areas, and do not have easy access to obtain health care due to long traveling distances with lack of transportation.
According to the World Health Organization: "The main health concerns in Ethiopia include maternal mortality, malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS compounded by acute malnutrition and lack of access to clean water and sanitation. The limited number of health institutions, inefficient distribution of medical supplies and disparity between rural and urban areas due to severe under-funding of the health sector, make access to health-care services very difficult."
Nearly 33% of the population relies on unprotected water for their daily needs, and almost 25% of Ethiopians are without a toilet.
Half of all under-five deaths in 2018 occurred in just five countries: India, Nigeria, Pakistan, ETHIOPIA and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
With your tax-deductible financial support and donations of medical equipment and health care supplies, Lighthouse of Ethiopia will serve and support medical clinics in some of the most impoverished Ethiopian regions of Africa. We currently are supporting the community medical outreach mission work of the Light House Ethiopia Medical (LHEM) clinic in Addis Ababa. Our goal for 2022 is to help open a second Light House Ethiopia Medical clinic in Gondar, Ethiopia.
WITH YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT, WE WILL WORK TO :
1.) SUPPORT LOCAL ETHIOPIAN HEALTHCARE CLINICS TO BETTER SERVE THOSE SUFFERING FROM POVERTY AND DISEASE.
2.) SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVE ETHIOPIA'S PHYSICIAN TO PATIENT RATIO BY INCREASING LOCAL JOB OPPORTUNITIES. (Currently, only 1 Doctor is available in Ethiopia per 17,000 citizens.)
3.) OFFER QUALITY PATIENT CARE THROUGH THE PROVISION OF MUCH NEEDED MEDICAL EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES.
Our vision includes collecting donations of healthcare equipment and medical supplies within the United States, for distribution to various Ethiopian clinics and hospital facilities in need. By working in partnership with various hospitals, universities and other pioneering health personnel and organizations -- our goal is to discover and implement improved training opportunities, and innovative patient care solutions. As we serve to help generate more modern medical care facilities throughout Ethiopia, we aim to improve the QUALITY AND AVAILABILITY of vital healthcare services offered, as well as better the existing training and working conditions for local Ethiopian medical personnel.
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All donations, BIG and small, will help us tremendously in this effort.