“I saw what I saw and I can’t forget it” -Sara Groves
I will never forget the last time I pulled away from AHOPE for Children, my daughter in my arms waving goodbye to her friends, and her friends waving back, smiles on their faces and tears in their eyes. As happy as I was to bring my daughter home, I could not help thinking, “What happens to the children left behind?”
Many of the children at AHOPE will be adopted, but most of them wait far longer than other orphans to find families. They brave each day as the most vulnerable of citizens, not just orphans, but orphans with the stigma of HIV. While they are well-loved and cared for by the nannies, they do not have many playthings. A lollipop is worth big smiles and a simple bottle of bubbles brings gales of laughter.
Most of us have visited Ethiopia for our adoptions or soon will. We know the overwhelming poverty and hope that exist side-by-side in our children’s birth country. We know that our obligation to Ethiopia did not end but instead began when we brought our children home. We want to make a difference, but do not always know how. Today you can make a difference.
Ethiopian Orphan Relief, Inc. (EOR) (www.ethiopianorphanrelief.org) is raising money to buy a swing set for the children of AHOPE. We are hoping that we will be able to raise $5,000 to pay for the swing set. Please join us in bringing joy to some of the children that we left behind. More so, join us in sending a message of love and hope to these children. Imagine their faces as they slide down the slides, swing on the swings and climb the rock wall. Imagine AHOPE’s nannies relaxing on a porch swing, stealing a quiet moment to reflect on their day. Time is of the essence with these donations, as the funds for the swing set must be ready by the last week of October 2008. Thank you for considering donating to this worthy cause.
EOR is a 501(C)(3) non-profit, started by adoptive parents who wanted to help their children’s orphanages and the orphans left behind. All donations are tax-deductible. Checks may be made payable to “Ethiopian Orphan Relief, Inc.” and mailed to EOR, Playground Project Fund, 6791 Brook Forest Drive, Evergreen, CO 80439, or donations may be made online via PayPal. Please visit www.ethiopianorphanrelief.org and click on “Donate Now.”
Adoptive mom and Ethiopian Orphan Relief volunteer