Night of Warmth Success!

Thanks to the incredible hard work and generosity of many, our 3rd annual Night of Warmth Live and Silent Auction was a huge success! I’ve finally emerged from the post-event paperwork vortex and am here to tell you it was a truly fabulous evening. We had a great turnout and raised just about $30,000 for our partners in Ethiopia! The most special part of the evening, for me, was when YOU raised your paddles for the girls of Children’s Heaven. In just 10 minutes, we raised $9,000 for our new education program at Children’s Heaven. Check out this photo of when we asked everyone to raise their paddle for $100…

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I could barely breathe, looking out at the sea of paddles raised high into the air. It was a moment I will never forget.

I can also confirm that a good time was had by all. Although I was hard at work most of the evening, I heard from many that the incredibly music (thank you, Team DJ), food (the amazing Creativa catering), and atmosphere made for a truly great party. And of course I have these photos as hard evidence:

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That’s what I like to see! Our incredibly donors having a blast and doing some good at the same time.

Our Wall of Wine was, once again, a big success. We sold all 50 bottles and have set a new goal of 75 bottles for next year. Next time your visit your local wine shop, don’t hesitate to pick up an extra bottle to donate to our Wall of Wine!

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This year we added a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony to our event. A huge thank you to the volunteers from ETSS who came and shared such a special tradition with our guests.

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Another HUGE thank you to our MC, Monica Day. Once again, she proved to be an amazing MC and auctioneer! I can say without a doubt that the success of our live auction is due in large part to the wit and personality of Monica Day.

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Finally, a last thank you to the Night of Warmth Committee. You all put in some long hours to make this event the most successful yet. Thank you for sharing your time and considerable talents with EOR.

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(she wasn’t present for the picture, so everyone close your eyes and add in the fabulous Paige Chapman-Layland)

As you can see, the evening was a success in so many ways. The most important thank you of all is to YOU, our donors. Thank you for spending the evening with us and sharing our passion for improving the lives of vulnerable children in Ethiopia. I can’t wait to report back to you on all the good that was done with the money we raised. Thank you again and see you next year!

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Four Year Old Philanthropist

Four Year Old Philanthropist

I often wonder what my son will think of my work for EOR when he is older. He sees me run off to meetings and knows I sometimes miss tucking him into bed. After Night of Warmth, our Ohio fundraiser, my son asked how it went. He wanted to know if a lot of people attended the event and did we raise much money. He had asked, many times, what the money raised would be used for. So, when I told him that Night of Warmth made over $30,000 he was pretty excited.

He said to me, “You know, I can help get money for clean water”. We talked about how he could help and he thought donating his birthday was a good idea (as long as I promised he’d still get a few gifts, too). On Saturday we had a huge birthday celebration. Many of our friends brought donations for EOR instead of presents. He opened his gifts and was really excited. When I told him that he made $185 for clean water he was all smiles. Then he said, “Mommy, we are really good at making money for EOR”.

–Amy

It’s Monday…Missing the kids at Lola

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Here is a picture of EOR’s first trip to Mekele, Ethiopia to visit our partner LOLA Children’s Home. This picture was taken in November 2011 with the kids and our team of eight who travelled all over Ethiopia.
We were so impressed with Abebe Fantahun and his small, yet comprehensive program for HIV affected kids. This was the beginning of a long and successful partnership.

Lauren – Partner & Project Chair

World Water Day

Today is World Water Day. In honor of this, earlier this week Ethiopian Orphan Relief granted $10,000 to Water’s 1st Dawo Kara project in Ethiopia.

Our partner Water 1st International is doing amazing work in a country where clean water is lacking over much of the country. Water 1st shares that Ethiopia is one of the world richest countries in terms of history, culture and heritage, yet is one of the poorest countries economically.

The burden of water collection is very high in Ethiopia. Women and girls spend hours every day collection water from distant sources. This time of collecting water is taking away from time they could be in school learning, working and much more.

Below is a photo provided to us a few days ago of a water point that YOU our amazing donors sponsored in the Gonbisa Kussaye in the Oromia region.

To date Ethiopian Orphan Relief has granted $40,000 to Water 1st for projects in Kelecho Gerbi, Tute Kunche and now Dawo Kara.

To learn more about Water 1st or to make a donation in honor of World Water Day please visit our website. Together, we can make clean water a reality for more Ethiopians.

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Education for All

 

Education for All

 

The girls at Children’s Heaven want to become doctors, nurses, and teachers.  Night of Warmth, in Ohio, raised $9,000 to help provide these amazing girls an education.

YOU give them hope.  YOU are making their dreams possible.

 

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

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International Women’s Day

The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2014 is Inspiring Change.

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While most countries have made strides in development of women’s rights, there is still much to be done. The UN reports: Many women around the world still cannot get access to secondary education. This holds true for the women and girls of Ethiopia. That’s why we are so very glad that Ethiopian Orphan Relief is partnered with Children’s Heaven. Children’s Heaven’s mission is to:

Embrace and empower the precious orphaned girls entrusted to our care in an effort to minimize their socioeconomic vulnerability.”

This is accomplished through various means of support. The 115 girls at Children’s Heaven to go public school, receive tutoring, learn vocational skills, are provided with health care, and participate in a daily program all in an effort to….”see all our girls lead healthy an productive adult lives. “

Many of these services are provided by YOU, the supporters of Ethiopian Orphan Relief. Your donations advance the cause of Ethiopian women. Be proud of the work that you do. You make it possible to end hunger and poverty for the Children Heaven girls.

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Ethiopian Orphan Relief is thrilled to share with you that in June 2014 we will be making our first grant of $25,000 to Children’s Heaven’s Education Fund. This grant will be used to send girls in the program to private school. Funds will be used for tuition, school supplies, books and transportation.  Private schools in Ethiopia provide a much better learning opportunity, have higher qualified teachers, learning resources i.e. science labs, math labs, etc.  and data has shown more success in their learning.

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In addition to this $25,000 grant this June, we will grant an additional $25,000 for June 2015. This $50,000 Education program is groundbreaking for EOR and we are thrilled that you are joining us in this.

Last month in Ohio donors gathered at Night of Warmth and generously gave with their hearts to start the funding of this grant. In May, in Portland, Oregon all the proceeds from the silent auction in Lights of Hope will be designated to this grant.

Thank you for all YOU do for the children in Ethiopia.

A Day like no other……In Ethiopia…..

Can’t even put into words the past 36 hours. Soooo many life changing moments. We started our morning out stopping at a village home in Shanto and left three big Mosquito nets. They welcomed us into their little toukoul (home) that they share with two families 6 kids and one on way along with their goats, cows and chickens. They all sleep together. They were so kind and thankful for the nets. The man if the home shared his wife’s dowry was 5000 birr which is $264. They have 6 children and one due anytime. When we got back on bus I had my first cry since here. We have so much and resources at home. This family was forever grateful for the $10 nets. We have so many surgical gloves that we wanted to also pass along to a local clinic in Shanto. This clinic serves 120,000 villagers. Yes that’s a ton. As we were walking down the road a donkey and cart had a women on it and her family carted her off and took her in clinic. During our tour we see that she is in labor. They share that we can watch the baby being born. All of us are thrilled! We leave several boxes of gloves, fetal Doppler and some suctions for delivery. We leave our security guards number and they will call when she is about to give birth. We then arrive at FOVC to see the beautiful children. They greet us with I love you’s and hugs. We start weighing all 150 kids, info some follow up medical exams, irrigate a few wounds, we do crafts, pass out st pius tee’s, pillow case dresses, friendship bracelets, organize all the school books donated and medical supplies. We soon get a call she is about to have baby so we race in bus to get there. The roads are muddy and pot holes everywhere. We’ve got stuck a few times. We arrives 5 minutes too late and she’s given birth two a baby boy. He was so adorable and tiny. I got to watch tying the cord and was taken back at the no sterile technique , very basic medical supplies. We return back to FOVC and continue working. Then another emotional moment. Bananas here are a luxury for children to have. They have only had a few times. We purchased bananas with $100 and it provided each child 150 kids with two bananas plus more for breakfast! They honored us with a Bon fire with lots of dancing and singing. We ended the night kicking off the eor plumpy nut campaign. These little sachets have 500 calories and will help with malnutrition. What a moment. So thankful for the kids at FOVC and will miss their beautiful faces. We left soddo at 6:30 this am and are now at lewi having breakfast watching the wild monkeys here. Back to Addis tonight.

 

 
 

Amazing Stuff…..

The EOR trip continues to do amazing work. They are on the go from morning until night. There are many partners to see and kids to hug!
 
No Internet yesterday at hotel so wasn’t able to update. Very busy great day at Shanto. The children all greeted us with music and singing. A beautiful welcome. Kristen McIntyre Ryder was a huge hit with hair cutting. She was able to do about 24 kids. Even with the electrical convertor the clippers were as loud as a jack hammer. Medical exams were done on some children who needed follow up’s, have a few more to do today. One girl had been bite by a dog last week, a boy had a epilepsy event last week and has been having once a week. Kids had a volleyball game today’s it’s soccer. Today we weigh all the children and start the plumpy nut program. So many of these beautiful children are in need of extra nourishment. Chris and I sponsor a girl at FOVC and my heart melted when she saw me in the crowd and ran over to give me a hug and kiss. She kept hugging me and saying “Kim, I love you”
Happy tears. So wonderful to see the kids and today we will be there till mid evening for the traditional Bon fire and goat dinner. Missing our families. Everyone is feeling great! This team is amazing, we’re small but mighty. Last night restaurant was out if chicken and no need so we dined on 7up and French fries. This morning breakfast was foods we couldn’t eat so having its bread for breakfast. So thankful we brought lots of snacks.

 — with Lights of Hope Auction.

The Road to Soddo, Ethiopia

Today’s journey brings our fearless crew to Soddo, Ethiopia:

11.5 hour drive and we made it to Soddo!!! Beautiful drive. The bus was packed full inside and on the roof. Had the best pasta ever ever ever at Lake Lagana. Most of us were able to sleep for a few hours on bus. Thrilled to have once again our security/guide Henock with us. He was our guide in 2009. Our bus driver is new to us and we have total faith in him. Traffic here is crazy with kids, goats, cows, people in the middle of roads so it’s lots of dodging back and forth and he was a pro. We stopped at a school field in a village on the way here and passed along a soccer ball, dum dum suckers and pens. We started with two kids and about in about 2 minutes 25 more showed up. It’s 10pm here so were heading to bed. Meeting Desalegn Daka at 7:30 am for breakfast then heading to shanto to see the kids. So excited to see them all again. In the next few days Kristen McIntyre Ryder will be cutting the kids hair, Jina Jones Lorati will be helping the kids with school and talking to teachers, Ally Keo will be helping with crafts and much more. I’ll be doing basic health exams and medical follow up’s on some kids. We all continue to be healthy which I’m so thankful for. Was very worried that first few days when Kristen and Ally were so sick. We stopped to get bottled water today and this was the shop attached to store. We’ve had goat a few times this week.

Another Day, another amazing adventure…..

From Kim, EOR President and super traveler:

Just landed back in addis waiting for luggage. AMAZING two days at Lola children’s home. Abebe Fantahun spoiled us and we had so much fun with the children!!! Photos hopefully tonight depending on Internet. Tomorrow we head to Shanto to see the kids at FOVC. Everyone continues to be healthy and we have laughed so much on this trip. Wonderful team!!!

EOR is so thankful for the work of these four women in Ethiopia. Its a big trip, and a big deal, and a wonderful treat for all of us at home to hear about. Keep on chugging along team EOR!