Evening Eclipse (formerly known as Night of Warmth)

To all of our friends who have joined us at EOR’s Night of Warmth in the past, please join me again for Evening Eclipse! Same kind of event, just a new name! We’ll have some great items up for auction, amazing food, The Wet Bandits are performing, and more importantly, we’ll be raising money for some incredibly deserving children. evening-eclipse-logo


Whining for Wine


This past weekend two of our dear long time donors, James & Annie hosted our first ever “Whining for Wine” event. They gathered their friends together to learn more about Ethiopian Orphan Relief and Lights of Hope Auction.

Guests brought a bottle of wine, or two or three or some four that we will auction off at Lights of Hope’s – Wall of Wine. This wine wall is one of our big hits each year. It’s composed of 80 bottles of red, white and sometimes bubbly greatness. Each bottle is wrapped so you don’t know what your getting until you leave the event. You choose a number of the bottle you want and then wait for the big surprise to see if it’s a $15 bottle or $150 bottle.


Our guests dined on amazing appetizers like Goat Cheese Empanadas, Almond stuffed dates, Queso Fundido and desserts along with a speciality cocktail, beer and wine all while learning about how the bottle of wine they donated is going to directly impact our projects at Children’s Heaven in Addis Ababa.DSC_0718.jpegDSC_0719.jpegDSC_0721.jpeg

The guests were amazing and we collected 31 bottles of wine at the party and many who were unable to attend are dropping off wine to EOR’s office this week.


No party  is complete without a little party favor. Guests were given a cookie to nibble on their drive back into town.


The kids even got in the action. William was in charge of having guests record their wine donations and making sure they put their name in for the door prizes.




Viola and Anne Rose who were both born in Southern, Ethiopia greeted guests as they arrived and took their coats and purses.


Quinn was the master at clean up. He racked up some service hours for all his hard work.

Thank you James and Annie for opening your beautiful home and hosting “Whining for Wine.”

Would you like to donate a bottle of wine or auction item for Lights of Hope’s ? Visit here. 

Save the date May 13th here in Portland for our 9th annual Lights of Hope Auction. 

Medical Need

We need your help. Children’s Heaven in Addis Ababa is a community based program for at-risk girls age 7-18. Many of these girls have lost one or both parents to HIV. Once a year they undergo medical exams to assess nutrition needs and any medical issues that may arise.


Each medical exam cost $15. Will you help us provide 115 girls with medical care? Maybe start your holiday shopping early and gift a family member or friend, honor a friend on their birthday or give in memory of a loved one.

Thanks for all you do for these inspiring amazing girls.

To make a gift please visit here.


A little throwback

In honor of #TBT we thought we would show you just how much of a difference your generosity is making.

This photo is a favorite of ours. Abebe, the founder and director at Lola Children’s Home shared it with us in 2011. The photo truly captures the personalities of the children. From Selam’s beautiful smile, to  Brook’s shy grin,  and how little Eyerusalem (Geri) is.


Flash forward to a week ago and this new photo Abebe sent of the same children plus the newest member of Lola, a little baby.


Your gifts to EOR are making a big difference. These children are thriving because of many things YOU are providing. From the Plumpy Nut nutritional program, school uniforms, medicine, medical supplies, new clothing, beds, linens, and much more.

The building of the new Lola Children’s Home is coming along. Next month, EOR board member/Partner and Project chair Lauren will be visiting Lola with her family and we can’t wait to hear her update on how the project is progressing.


Each gift you make to EOR is important. It can be $1 or $7,000 each and every gift is truly making a difference. Thank you for all YOU do for the children in Ethiopia.

To make a gift to EOR for one of our projects please visit here. 


Happy Throwback Thursday!

Did you know that many of our projects are funded by our donors, personally raising funds for EOR? We’ve had friends run marathon’s, in lieu of gifts for their wedding or birthday asked friends to give to EOR, lemonade stands, garage sales, kids emptying their piggy bank and memorial gifts and more.

Today’s #TBT photo is of the Lola Children’s Home Clinic Room that was funded by the family and friends of Fred Williams. Mr. Williams son and daughter in law have been long time supporters of the work EOR is doing in Ethiopia. When he passed away they wanted to be able to give back as he was so honored that two of his grandchildren were adopted from Ethiopia.

This clinic room is used to treat any of the Lola Children and sometimes community members who are ill. Children come to the clinic to get their daily meds, weights, plumpy nut and any health related issues.

If you would like to host a party, birthday, or fundraise for EOR we would love to hear from you. Please email us at info@ethiopianorphanrelief.org

To make a gift in honor of someone please visit here.



Help us with school supplies?

It’s school supply time for Lola Children’s Home. For the past few years EOR has committed to purchasing school supplies for the kids.

We have many easy ways to give.

• $11 provides school books for one child for the entire school year

• $17 provides sports clothing for one child

• $19 provides one school uniform

• $22 provides pens for all the Lola kids

• $43 provides pencils for all the Lola kids

Do you give your children’s teacher a gift on the first day of school or during the holiday season? A gift of books would make a perfect gift. How about a friend who has everything? We can personalize a card in their honor for you.

To help us reach our goal and donate towards this project please visit us here. 

Thanks for all you do for the children in Ethiopia.


Our team is growing

It’s been exciting to see 13 new friends join our EOR race team last week. It’s going to be a great event!

Would you like to join the EOR team in Portland on October 2nd? A local group called Cause  + Event hosts a race each year and they generously give $15 (that’s half) of each entrance fee to the charity of your choice. Don’t live near Portland, no worries you can still sign up and participate in their virtual race and support the work that EOR is doing in Ethiopia.


Each year the Cause + Event Race sells out and their registration cap has already reached half the participants. I know it’s a ways off but sign up soon to secure your spot. You can participant in a kids run, 5K walk/run or 10K run. Just click here to join the EOR team.

100% of the proceeds EOR receives from the race will go toward our Lola Children’s Home expansion. Last November we had a  ground breaking ceremony  on a beautiful piece of land in Mekelle, Ethiopia.



The first home for the Lola children is presently being built. It’s been exciting to see the  updates on the progression of leveling the land out, digging the trenches, testing the soil content and so much more.

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Hope you can join us!

IGive and Smile

We’ve talked about it in the past, but it’s worth mentioning again that IGive and Amazon Smile are terrific ways to help EOR without spending your own money.

With IGive it’s free, fast and simple. Shop at over 1700+ stores and they will give a percentage of what you spend to your favorite cause (on average 3%). To sign up for Igive visit here.

Who doesn’t love Amazon. It’s crazy to me that I can order something and have it the next day or two and pay no shipping. Got to love that.With Amazon Smile You shop and Amazon gives. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. To have EOR be your charity of choice visit here and type in Ethiopian Orphan Relief as your charity choice.

Thanks for all you do for the children in Ethiopia.



School Supplies For Lola

It’s school supply time for Lola Children’s Home.

Would you like to help with this mini project? Your gift of $25 will provide a child with the needed school supplies, uniform along with a new set of clothes for sports. Our amazing guests at Lights of Hope auction kicked off this project and were getting close to our goal.

Please visit here to make a gift of $25 or more to complete this project. Our goal is to complete this project by August 10th just in time before they start school.

Thanks for all you do for the kids at Lola Children’s Home in Mekelle, Ethiopia.





Run with us?

Come Join the EOR team  on October 2, 2016 for the 5th annual Cause + Event Foundation race located in Bethany Village, a suburb of Portland Oregon.

EOR will be represented as one of the over 200 worldwide causes and as a race participant YOU will be raising money for EOR.

In the past the Cause + Event group gives back to your selected non profit a portion of your race entrance fee. Last year they gifted half of each entrance fee to the non profit of your choice.

This October we are hoping to have the largest EOR team to date, so grab your friends and family and commit to health, well being, and continued support of EOR.

Races offered will be a 5K walk and 5K and 10K run.  There will be great music, food, and vendors to enjoy after as well. It’s always a fun morning event for our EOR and Lights of Hope family.

Race registration is filling up fast. To join our team visit here.  Registration fee is $35 and includes Tee-shirt, finisher’s medal, race bib, a minimum $15 to EOR and an amazing after-party with great food and beverages, and a ban. To learn more about Cause + Event race visit here.

See you all on Race day!