Medhen Social Center
Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program
The Orphan and Vulnerable Children Program (OVC) is a unique orphaned child care and support program located in an impoverished settlement outside of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and is guided by the mission of the Medhen Social Center (MSC). Our children are placed with foster parents/families in familiar surroundings. These ‘adoptive’ families are given desperately needed financial support in order to help care for the orphans – a formula that helps the children, their caregivers, and the community as a whole. The OVC program is funded almost entirely from private donations. Recently, a U.S. Not for Profit 501(c)(3) – named the Medhen Orphan Relief Effort (M.O.R.E.) – was organized by a group of individuals in the U.S., that since the program’s inception, has supported this specific communities’ orphans and vulnerable children.