Project & Partner Updates: SOS EE & AHOPE

Thanks to the immense generosity of attendees to Ethiopian Orphan Relief’s first annual Lights of Hope auction in Portland in May, we have funded our first project for partner SOS EE (parent organization for the Toukoul orphanages) and raised a significant amount of money and supplies towards medical equipment for their new HIV clinic. Over the last year and a half, we have also successfully raised all of the funds required (and then some!) to complete our first project for partner AHOPE for Children. In fact, we were able to do double what we’d originally planned, thanks to the support of our wonderful donors.

For the last several months, the EOR Board of Directors have worked tirelessly to source local Ethiopian suppliers and contractors to set our plans in motion. Once we selected the right folks to work with, we worked with them to design two playgrounds for AHOPE and one playground for SOS EE’s new Akaki complex, which was recently completed and opened its doors to orphaned children. In addition, we have raised enough money to also purchase an indoor swing for AHOPE, fund several field trips for the children at AHOPE and we’ll be bringing over lots of art and school supplies to AHOPE when our Board of Directors travels in December to work on the well we’re building in Boru in conjunction with the Union College Chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Here’s the details!

Little AHOPE Playground (at the facility for younger children):

  • Wooden swingset with slide
  • Wooden sandbox
  • Merry go round
  • Traditional Toukoul style playhouse
  • Wood and chain adventure bridge
  • Metal curved climbing ladder
  • Picnic table
  • All ground will be prepped for safety

Big AHOPE Playground (at the facility for older children):

  • 2 Sets of monkey bars
  • Wooden swingset with slide
  • Basketball court & hoops
  • Chain “cargo net” style ladder
  • Balance beam
  • Picnic table
  • All ground will be prepped for safety

AHOPE Art & School Supplies

  • 20-24 packs of crayons
  • 5-Kid’s scissors
  • 6-12 packs of colored pencils
  • 4-Pencil sharpeners
  • 4-Pencil cases
  • 5-11 packs of markers
  • 4-5 pack squeeze & brush paints
  • 11-8 color watercolor paints
  • 24-Paint brushes (various sizes)
  • 2-20 stick packs of sidewalk chalk
  • 4-88 pc. construction paper & stencils
  • 16-Glue sticks
  • 5-White glue
  • 5-Sets of learning flashcards
  • 2-Beginning writing tablets
  • 4-Preschool workbooks
  • 2-Elementary workbooks
  • 30-Photo albums
  • 1-Digital camera
  • 1-Photo printer, ink & photo paper (enough to complete photo albums)

AHOPE Field Trip #1

  • Swimming at a local pool in Addis for 14 kids
  • 2-250 water balloon packs (for the kids remaining at the compound)
  • 7-Boy bathing suits
  • 7-Girl bathing suits
  • 4-Pairs of flip flops

AHOPE Field Trips #2 & #3 TBD

SOS EE HIV Clinic Equipment

  • Approximately $13, 150 toward medical equipment TBD based on most immediate need at time of clinic opening (i.e., autoclave, oxygen cylinder, exam beds, pulse oxymeter, suction machine, etc.)
  • 6-Splints
  • Nebulizer
  • Clock
  • Stethoscope
  • Blood pressure cuff
  • Mid calf boot
  • Sling  shot brace
  • Brace liner
  • Cast shoe
  • 4-Otoscopes
  • Home care kit
  • Reflex hammer

SOS EE Playground at Akaki Orphanage

  • Teeter totter
  • Merry go round
  • Slide and bridge
  • Wooden swing set
  • Monkey bars

Construction on the playgrounds will begin in the next couple of weeks, and will be completed by the time our Board travels to Ethiopia in December. We look forward to taking lots of pictures of the children playing on the various playgrounds for our donors, and in addition to taking the children at AHOPE on their swimming field trip, we will also be conducting art clinics at AHOPE. We look forward to completing a project suggested by adoptive mom and new Board Member Katie Bell–photo albums for the older children of them playing with their friends and caregivers at AHOPE, so they can take those memories to their forever families when they are eventually adopted.

Thanks again to all of you who have supported us! We couldn’t have done it without you! You helped me to realize a dream I had two years ago when I saw my daughter play on her swingset for the first time, and for that, I will be forever grateful. The kids whose day you’ve helped brighten will too.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Ethiopian Orphan Relief,

Danielle Marquis

President & Founder

3 thoughts on “Project & Partner Updates: SOS EE & AHOPE

  1. As Executive Director of AHOPE for Children, I wanted to thank all of the people at EOR for putting together this amazing project. I know that this playground equipment will bring countless hours of fun and laughter to all of the kids at AHOPE.
    On behalf of all the stakeholders of AHOPE, we extend our deepest gratitude!

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