Today the Ethiopian Orphan Relief’s crew is traveling back to Addis Ababa after visiting LOLA Children’s Home in Mek’ele. Next stop: Soddo, to visit FOVC.
From Kim, “Back in Addis Ababa tonight after a great two days in Mekele! We had a wonderful visit with the children at Lola Children’s Home! The kids LOVED their Project Gena bags. Can’t wait to share the photos!! Tomorrow we drive 7 hours south to Soddo. Can’t wait to meet the kids at FOVC-Ethiopia.
And from Lauren, “Good Morning! Slept well last night after I lost the key to my room and it took 1.5 hours to get a new one 😉 . Everything is on “Africa Time”. This morning my mom Judy Andronici and I are eagerly awaiting the rest of the team to arrive in the lobby while I type this post. I must say the coffee is AMAZING .. and FREE. So far we have had 5 coffee ceremonies and I may need a caffeine detox upon arrival home. Todays plans include painting a huge intricate gate at LOLA, Project Gena backpack distribution and Creating art tiles with the kids for a Lights of Hope Auction item, that is sure to be a popular item in Portland Oregon. We are flying out at 5 Pm and plan a mellow eve at the guest house. Tomorrow we head south to visit partner FOVC for 3-4 days. We will have a 6 hr drive through beautiful country. I am excited to see the orphanage that Ethiopian Orphan Relief built with your generous donations in this past year. At our last years Portland Lights of Hope auction we raised 31K in 15 minutes during the “raise the paddle” portion of the event. It should prove to be the most intense part of our journey yet and I doubt I will have internet access regularly. So you may have to wait for further updates. Thanks for all your well wishes and support”