Nurturing Hope in Rural Ethiopia

...through clean water and sanitation.

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Welcome to HORCO

Hope for Rural Children and Orphans (HORCO) is a volunteer-based charity registered with the Canada Revenue Agency to carry-out water, sanitation, education and HIV/AIDS awareness projects in developing nations. We have been working in Ethiopia since becoming a charity in 2008. Read about Bob's journey and the founding of HORCO in 2005, and Steph’s Story about becoming the Executive Director of HORCO in 2018.

Our Mission is to ensure sustainable improvement in the quality of life of marginalized people, particularly among women and children in rural Ethiopia.

How We Do It.

HORCO provides financial resources for Board approved projects which are implemented by a registered all-Ethiopian NGO. Our work is done in partnership with rural communities who have requested our help following need - and asset-based, participatory activities with the NGO and district government officials, and who are committed to resource-sharing to accomplish and sustain the work. Simply put: we help Ethiopians meet their own needs.

Ethiopia's need in perspective...
Water for All Infographic

(*UNICEF Sources)

Why We Do It

Both HORCO and our affiliated NGO are Christian-based groups registered as humanitarian organizations, and dedicated to sharing the love and compassion that stems from faith in Jesus Christ. We seek to demonstrate Christ's love through our actions.

Our "100%" Commitment

100% of the project-designated gifts we receive go directly to Ethiopia to help implement the project. This is made possible by donors who contribute directly to our administrative and fund-raising expenses.

Sustainable Partnerships

We work in concert with local authorities and rural communities, regardless of their religious faith or ethnic origin. Completed projects are turned over to the community after local personnel have been trained and mechanisms have been put in place to maintain and sustain the facilities.


HORCO is helping the Germama Village construct clean water facilities in 2018
HORCO is helping the Germama Village construct clean water facilities in 2018. The onset of the rainy season will halt work until late September, when pipelines will be laid and water points will be constructed. Take a look at our Facebook page for the complete gallery.
Kersa School Teachers 2016
One of HORCO's values is "sustainability" - we want the work with rural villages in Ethiopia to last and have ongoing impact on the people we serve. Work with the Kersa School was completed 2013. We visited the school in February, 2016 to see what has happened since then.
Villages of Menjigso
In February, HORCO visited the work site for 2016/17, the Villages of Menjigso Gora. See the complete set of photos on our Facebook page.


Ms. Muntahasan: Kersa Villages, 2014

Ms. Muntahasan is mother of 7 children and Chair of the Water Committee. Watch her interview to hear how clean water has changed life in her community.

Ms. Sisay's Story: Riqete Village

Download Ms. Sisay's story to read about how life has changed in her community of Riqete Village. A personal story outlining the importance and impact of HORCO’s Work.

Ms. Shewaye: Ethiopia - July 2012

Ms. Shewaye is one of the beneficiaries of the new water supply in Goro Buchura Village. Download Ms. Shewaye's story.

Clean Water and Sanitation Promote Sustainable Community and Economic Development
Several studies in rural Ethiopia conducted by Development Banks actually show that sustainable access to improved water and sanitation not only improves quality of life, but also brings tangible health, environmental and economic benefits, and contributes to poverty reduction. Investment in water and sanitation makes good economic sense. (Source)

Benefits of Water For All


Clean Water

The Ethiopian Dinner held on November 1, 2019, was a huge success, thanks to the 250 people who came to celebrate “Clean Water and Sanitation”. Over $17,000 was raised to support our ongoing water and sanitation program in the Gimbichu District of Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia.

An interview with Wendy and Fred Norman was the highlight of the evening. In May and June, they completed the 800 km trek of the El Camino de Santiago Trail, and raised >$20,000 for water and sanitation in Ethiopia. Their video can be seen here.


There are several ways by which you can give to support the work of HORCO in improving the quality of life in rural Ethiopia - but no matter which method you choose 100% of all funds donated to the water/sanitation fund go directly to Ethiopia to implement the project. This is made possible by donors who in addition to wanting to support projects, also realize that we will have administrative and fund-raising expenses. The General Fund helps to support these activities, and other Board-approved expenses.


HORCO Canada has partnered with to enable you to make secure credit card donations online.
Use the appropriate button below to donate to either the GENERAL FUND or the WATER/SANITATION FUND.

You can make one-time donations or sign up for monthly donations. CanadaHelps charges a handling fee which HORCO pays as a fund-raising expense. You will receive an official tax receipt from for your total gift.

HORCO has also partnered with the PayPal Giving Fund for making secure PayPal donations online. These are all one-time donations which are targeted for the water/sanitation fund.

PayPal does not charge a handling fee for charities. You will receive an official tax receipt from PayPal.

PayPal Donation


Please print and complete the donation form, and send this with your check or money order )made out to "HORCO") to the address below. Official tax receipts will be issued at the end of the year for the total amount donated throughout the year. Cash donations are received at the office.

33 Elvira Cres
London, Ontario
N6E 2N1

Questions? Email or phone 519-649-0271

Hope for Rural Children and Orphans (HORCO) is a Registered Corporation of Ontario (#1670425) and a Registered Charity with the Canada Revenue Agency (#82604 0941 RR0001)

HORCO respects your privacy and will not share contact information of our donors. Please see our Privacy Policy for full details.



Sansin Corporation

“Naturally Perfect™ wood protection”

Sansin is a major sponsor of our annual Ethiopian Dinner fund-raiser, “In Celebration of Clean Water”.

Robertson Hall Insurance

Robertson Hall Insurance is an ongoing sponsor of HORCO through support of annual fund-raising efforts.

Open Door Christian Fellowship, London

The folks of ODCF are generous supporters of HORCO’s work with rural communities in Ethiopia throughout the year, and especially during the time of HORCO’s annual fund-raising activity in the fall. ODCF recognizes HORCO as one of its global mission partners.

Wellington Construction Contractors Inc

Wellington Construction Contractors Inc is a generous sponsor of our annual Ethiopian Dinner and an ongoing supporter of our water and sanitation work in Ethiopia.

VanderSchaaf Countertops

Our friend Doug at VanderSchaaf Countertops is a generous sponsor of our annual Ethiopian Dinner and an ongoing supporter of our water and sanitation work in Ethiopia.

The Water Store, London

Our friend Greg is an annual supporter of HORCO’s work in “nurturing hope in rural Ethiopia".

Hillside Church of London, Inc

“A community engaging in God’s mission.”

Hillside is an ongoing supporter of HORCO’s work with rural communities through its global missions program and through support of HORCO’s annual fund-raising activity.

Faith Gospel Church

An Ethiopian Church in London committed to supporting the work of HORCO in rural communities through donations and partnership in presenting In Celebration of Clean Water, HORCO’s annual Ethiopian Dinner and fund-raiser.

Quench Canada Inc.

“Water as a Service”

Quench is an ongoing sponsor of HORCO through support of annual fund-raising efforts and work with rural communities.

Ethio-Canadian Association of London

Ethiopians in London support HORCO through fund-raising efforts, particularly through their contribution of injera and their volunteer support for the annual Ethiopian Dinner.


“Water Confidence”

TrojanUV is a generous sponsor for our annual Ethiopian Dinner fund-raiser and also donates directly to the work with rural villages in Ethiopia.


For more information about nurturing hope in rural Ethiopia, feel free to contact us via the information below:

Dagim Almaw
HORCO Canada
33 Elvira Cr.,
N6E 2N1

Tel: 519 - 681 - 5319

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