Got Wat?

I wanted to share one of our families favorite Ethiopian recipes.  This is from Marcus Samuelsson (you know, the gorgeous Ethiopian chef).  My five year old loves what he calls, “spicey chicken bones”.  If you don’t have injera (the sourdough bread typically served with Ethiopian meals) near by you can serve it over rice.

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Doro Wat Recipe

Servings: 4


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 red onions, finely chopped
  • One 2-inch piece ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp berbere
  • 8 skinless chicken legs
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 lb collard greens, finely shredded
  • 4 peeled hard-boiled eggs
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese, 4% milk fat


1. Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven over low heat. Add the garlic, onions, and ginger and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 30 minutes. Add the tomato paste and berbere and cook for another 15 minutes.

2. Season the chicken legs with the cardamom and salt. Add the chicken to the sauce, along with the butter, chicken stock, and wine. Bring to a simmer and cook until the chicken is cooked through, about 1 hour.

3. In a separate pot, bring salted water to a boil. Add the collard greens and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Remove the greens with a slotted spoon and transfer to the chicken stew. Serve with the hard-boiled eggs and cottage cheese on the side.

Backpacks for Lola

Need a summer project for your kids? Love to shop?  We have just the project for you.

This November EOR has a team of donors traveling to Ethiopia to see first hand the projects that have been accomplished with the generous giving of all our EOR donors. We love trips like this as it gives donors a front row seat to see where their gifts are going, the lives that all our donors are changing.

On this trip we will also be hand delivering 40 backpacks for the children at Lola Children’s Home in Mekelle, Ethiopia. We are looking for families who would like to fill a backpack with little gifts for a child. Some ideas are, small toy, tee-shirt, hair accessories, soccer ball, small games, bandaids, washcloth, and whatever little things you want to include.


We provide the backpacks and you provide the treasures. Feel free to include a family photo and letter.

If you would like to help us with this project please email us at and let us know if you would like to fill a bag for a boy or girl and approximate age.

We will pass along more details on packing the gifts once your assigned a child.

Thanks so much!

World Water Day

World Water Day has been observed on March 22 since 1993 when the United Nations General Assembly declared March 22 as “World Water day”.


Today Ethiopian Orphan Relief, Inc. (EOR) is pleased to announce that $13,000 has been grated to Water 1st International which will complete funding of a large water project in Dawo Kara, Ethiopia.

Walking several times a day to get water keeps children out of school.

Walking several times a day to get water keeps children out of school.

The generosity of our donors along with guests at February’s Night of Warmth in Columbus, Ohio enabled this grant. Water 1st International successfully implements community managed water projects that provide water, supply, sanitation, and education in some of the poorest areas of Ethiopia. Ethiopian Orphan Relief, Inc. has been partners with this organization since 2010 and has granted a total of $53,000.00 supporting the amazing work they do in Ethiopia.

Water source used by the community of Dawo Kara. Thanks to the Water 1st & EOR donors they will now have clean water.

Water source used by the community of Dawo Kara. Thanks to the Water 1st & EOR donors they now have clean water.

This grant, as shared completed the funding needed for the Dawo Kara project. The well is 184 meters deep, serves 3,700 people, will produce about 6 gallons of clean water a second. Water 1st shares that it will produce over 500,000 gallons of water a day. The community can use for cooking, cleaning and drinking.

This November EOR will be traveling to Dawo Kara, Ethiopia to see first hand the impact clean water has made on this community.

Thank you to each and every one of you who provided the funds for this water project.

Lights of Hope

Tickets for the 7th annual Lights of Hope in Portland, Oregon went on sale this morning.

Join us May 16th for an evening of HOPE for the children in Ethiopia. You’ll find some great auction items to bid on, dinner and live auction.

Lights of Hope is EOR’s largest fundraising event of the year. This year we will be back at the Hilton with more space! We’ve also been granted free parking at the 5th and Taylor garage!

So gather your friends and join us for a great evening in Portland!

To purchase tickets visit here. To follow Lights of Hope on Facebook and learn of the latest items and news follow us here.




Adanech was a beautiful young girl who was part of the Children’s Heaven program for five years.

Tragically in October 2013 she was murdered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Her death was devastating to the girls at Children’s Heaven and many of them considered her their sister.

Ethiopian Orphan Relief is committed to honor her memory and today is the opening day for submissions for the “Adanech Gives Hope” Scholarship.

This scholarship will be presented to one girl from Children’s Heaven and will provide one year of private schooling for her. In addition a $1000 scholarship will be presented to a high school senior in Oregon who will be attending an accredited college in the fall of 2015.

The Adanech Gives Hope Scholarship is created to assist a female graduating high school who faced and overcame great adversity in their young lives or their families lives, including victimization. One $1000 scholarship will be awarded. Qualified applicants must be Oregon Residents pursuing a bachelor’s degree at an accredited US University or College, and display integrity and perseverance by overcoming obstacles. A 200-500 word essay and one letter of recommendation from personal or school counselor, or teacher is required.

To learn more information about the Adanech Gives Hope Scholarship requirements including deadline information please visit here. To fill out an application for the scholarship please visit here.

Let’s get organized

That’s the theme at Lola Children’s Home this week. They have had on their wish list some much needed clothes cabinets to store all the children’s belongings.

With the generosity of our wonderful donors, Ethiopian Orphan Relief was able to grant funds last week to purchase several new cabinets.

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The children now have their own place to store their clothes and are happy to have it more organized.

Thanks for all you do for the children at Lola.

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