Wolayta Village

A self sustaining model orphanage in Soddo, Ethiopia.

Warren, Jennifer, Henok, and Daniel doing survey & design work at the Wolayta Village Building site.

Warren, Jennifer, Henok, and Daniel doing survey & design work at the Wolayta Village Building site.

A vital part of Uryadi’s Village mission is to empower the local people to create a model orphan village that is self-sustainable and thus not reliant on foreign aid. Unless the environment that creates the situation is changed to provide the basics of on-going clean water, nutritious food, warmth and safety... the same cycle of poverty, disease, famine, and child mortality runs rampant.

With a team of international experts and local community leaders, we are excited to announce that the plans are underway to solve these systemic challenges by creating Ethiopia's First Self-Sustainable Orphanage - Wolayta Village, in Soddo, Ethiopia. It is our hope that this leading-edge village will be a thriving example that can not only save children's lives and empower the local people in Soddo Ethiopia, but whose success and inspiration can be replicated around the world.





Wolayta Village will:

  • Provide caring, family style housing to 84 children and 7 house mothers.

  • Produce nearly all of its own food through kitchen gardens, integrated perennial food systems, animal husbandry, aquaculture, and more providing culturally and ecologically appropriate food (with enough excess to share with the local community).

  • Insure clean, available water through a fresh well, rainwater catchment, greywater, and water saving earthworks.

  • Meet its power needs from renewable energy systems including solar panels, back-up generators, and biogas digesters - which convert human and animal waste into methane which can be used for cooking, fuel, and other needs.

  • Provide a locally-run, on-site Health Clinic to support orphans, residents and overall community health.

  • Stimulate the local economy with cottage industries including food production, a bakery, a sewing shop, and a small mitten factory - a locally made, protein rich baby formula.

All of these aspects and more will add to the economic stability of Wolayta Village and create a fully self-sustainable orphanage that serves and empowers the local community.


Wolayta Village Design

An Integrated, Sustainable COMMUNITY


The Wolayta Village will consist of 7 family huts - housing 84 people or more in total. Surrounding the Family Huts is a Central Courtyard Area, Community Kitchen & Gathering Area, Health Clinic, and Guest House. Blending further out the design integrates other features, sustainable agriculture, and appropriate technology systems which support the Village at large.

The Central Courtyard Will Include:
• Gazebo/Shade House: In the center of the courtyard there will be a gazebo with no walls and a matching grass roof for shade and rain protection.
• Grounds: Surrounding the gazebo and connecting all the huts will be an open lawn and play area.
• Playground:  Non-plastic playground built from local materials between the community hut and the gazebo situated on the grass.
• Herb Planters: Stone planter boxes between the front of the huts and the circular stone pathway growing kitchen herbs for each hut.

The Community Hut Will Include:
• Main community kitchen • Food pantry/storage • Water filtration system
• Office • Staff changing room and shower • Supplies storage • Eating area• Courtyard porch leading towards pond • Clothes washing & drying area• Amphitheater (small sitting area with a fire pit for gathering for community, programs, etc.)

Spiraling out further from the Family Huts, Central Courtyard, and Community Hut are gardens, animal zones, composting systems, orchards, food forests, perennial systems, regenerative earthworks, ponds,  biogas systems, water tanks, food production buildings, solar panels, parking, welcome area, the mitten factory, and more.


All together, Wolayta Village is an integrated, sustainable system which provides for nearly all of its own food, water, energy, housing, and economic needs while nourishing the community and ecological systems within and around it.


 The Family Huts - Local Vernacular

The Wolayta Village Family Huts will house 12 children per home plus 1 house mother - 84 people or more in total. All buildings will be constructed with the local vernacular using a grass roof, but with a modern design integrating appropriate technology and connecting them to a greater ecosystem of self-resiliency.

Each Family Hut Will Include:
• Boy’s room • Girl’s room • Bathroom with changing table and storage • Kitchenette • Play area • Porch, shade and rain overhang to central plaza • Central fire with chimney • Solar hot water heater • Connection to solar electric hook-up • Rainwater kitchen garden from roof gutters of huts • Hydronic floor heating tubes • (All elements are very inexpensive)



Wolayta Village Construction - We Need Your Help

The impacts of this project are profound and may have impacts not just locally, but for orphanages and communities around the world.

It is our hope and intention that the Wolayta Village can not only care for the needs of these children in dire need and empower the local people in Soddo, Ethiopia in a way that supports self-resiliency and decreases dependence on foreign aid... but that it can become a thriving model which can be replicated elsewhere in Ethiopia, Africa, and around the world.

Help us make this project happen by contributing to our cause and donating below.

It takes a Village to raise a Village. Thank you for your time and support.

Uryadi's Village is a registered Not-For-Profit Organization in Canada, as well as a project of Empowerment WORKS, a US registered 501c3 charitable  organization.

All contributions in support of Uryadi's Village are tax deductible in the US and Canada as allowed by law. US residents please donate in USD and Canadian residents, please donate in CAD to receive your charitable donation receipts.

To donate to Uryadi's Village, please use the Paypal link below:

You can also send your donations by check directly to: Uryadi's Village, P.O. BOX1086, Sandpoint, ID 83864