BAHIR DAR, ETHIOPIA

Grace Centre for Children

Marcia Erickson, known to the children as “Mama Meheret” (Mother of Mercy in Amharic), lovingly created The Grace Centre for children and families in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, where she works to change the lives of thousands of people. 

The Medical Clinic provides assistance for ill and impoverished families who otherwise would not have the means to obtain care.

Temporary Care is a very new concept for Ethiopia. This aspect of Grace Centre provides short term shelter for children whose parents or guardians are very ill or are going through extreme trials. The Day Care program is also a new concept for Ethiopia. It is such an important aspect of Grace Centre; it should be called orphan prevention.  In addition to this, they operate a food pantry and kitchen which feeds over 700 people every day.