Lovegrove Solicitors 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
Some of the children at
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 SOLICITORS 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 partners of
Lovegrove Solicitors, 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.
If you would like to
contribute to Hope For Children, click the hand to the right to
find out more.