Lovegrove & Cotton are committed to helping those who have been afforded less blessings than that which those in our profession take for granted. One of our pre-occupations is to provide help to HIV affected orphans and families in Ethiopia.
The interest in this country dates back to one of our principals Kim Lovegrove’s childhood in Africa, as he was brought up in Malawi, Zambia and Ethiopia in the 1960’s. His grandfather, Norman Lovegrove, held a senior position in UNESCO in Addis Ababa and indeed had dealings, very positive dealings with the then emperor, Haile Selasse otherwise known as ‘The Lion of Judah’.
In the ’60s, Ethiopia was a very poor country and alas is still poverty stricken; with a population 70,000,000 it has some 5,000,000 orphans, orphaned by poverty, HIV, war or simple neglect.
The orphanage Hope For Children was established some years ago and provides a home and sustenance for some 600 children who have been affected by the HIV epidemic. HFC provides a large number of home carers that are domiciled with small groups of children with the view to providing those children with quasi-familial support, kindness and “touch wood” opportunity.
Lovegrove & Cotton Sponsorship of Child Advocate
One of the most critical tasks performed by the organisation is child advocacy in terms of protecting the rights and safety of the children and this is admirably and capably carried out by Rahel, pictured right with Kim Lovegrove in his trip to Addis last September. Rahel does a range of activities, ranging from the protection of children’s property rights to providing them with safe custody and security i.e. safe from relatives or associates lacking bona fides.
Rahel’s work is critical, so important that the senior construction and planning lawyers of Lovegrove & Cotton, in particular Kim, have chosen to sponsor her retainer and salary as a lawyer in HFC. The firm backs her noble and humanitarian mission and the wonderful work that HFC does.
Be sure to peruse our eLibrary for more information on our work with HFC.
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