The Lelt Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that assists severely impoverished and malnourished families in Ethiopia. Lelt has a synergy strategy which achieves success and sustainability through a combination of programs in education, nutrition, food security, orphan care, trauma counseling, microfinance and job creation for participating families.
While visiting their respective families in Ethiopia, Anja Wood and Carrie Neel-Parker met and formed a deep bond through their desire to create both orphan prevention programs and improve orphanage safety and education in Ethiopia.
Shortly thereafter they teamed up with Wubit Ashenafi, an Ethiopian financial professional, who left her work to dedicate her life to creating successful orphan prevention programs in her home country.
Today, the programs that the founders created empower impoverished families to stay intact, and find sustainable employment and educational opportunities in peri-urban neighborhoods in central Ethiopia. Lelt Foundation also continues to help marginalized children living in state-run orphanages with improved safety conditions, advanced education, and access to enrichment classes.