From time to time here at EOR we receive questions from YOU our loyal supporters! We thought we would post a few here that we’ve received in the past several months.
Q I’d like to send a box of donations to an Ethiopia. How do I arrange that?
We love when our supporters think of our partner organizations in Ethiopia. Due to the expense and uncertainty with shipping items to Ethiopia, we discourage from donations being delivered in this matter. Many times the partner organization or individual would need to pay duty fees to receive the item, we’ve also learned many times the package does not even make it to the intended individual. We’ve learned through our past trips that the best way to help out in Ethiopia is to purchase physical donations in country or even send with a family traveling to Ethiopia.
Q How many paid staff do you have at Ethiopian Orphan Relief and are they full or part time?
Ethiopian Orphan Relief, Inc. (EOR) is a 100% volunteer non profit organization. We have no paid staff, board members donate 100% of their time and talent. We take much pride in our donors and their generous giving. The amount of time donated by our board varies from day to day, from a hour to 5 hours a day per board member.
Q I’m confused, when you say you partner with established organizations in Ethiopia do you also partner with their United States branch or the non profit that assists with their daily operations here in the states?
EOR is solely partnered with the organization in Ethiopia. Our current Ethiopia parters are Lola Children’s Home in Mekelle, Children’s Heaven in Addis Ababa, FOVC-Ethiopia in Shanto and SOS EE in Addis Ababa. Our communication, needs assessments and progress reports are with the directors in Ethiopia. There are times we do communicate with the US agencies, as in giving updates on projects, sharing future projects, debriefing about recent trips, etc. EOR does not fund any operational expenses for our partner organizations. EOR is project based. Our project coordinator Lauren, assess a need, comes up with a action plan and then we raise funds for that project. EOR is not involved in any providing of funds for day to day operations, staff or sponsorship. The majority of our Ethiopian partner organizations do indeed have US agencies providing the funding for operational expenses, but EOR is not partnered with them, just the Ethiopian aspect of organization.
Q When you wire funds for your projects do you send to the United States partner or directly to Ethiopia?
EOR historically and will continue to only send funds to our partner organizations in Ethiopia. This method of accountability is for both our donors and Ethiopian partner organizations.
Q Do you have a newsletter you send out with updates?
We do have a monthly newsletter we email out, usually the end of the month. To receive please sign up here. Our newsletter is filled with great info on our partner updates, a spotlight on a different donor each month, upcoming events, and more exciting news each month.
Q I’d like to learn more how to volunteer at one of your events or how to fundraise for you? Do I have to live in Oregon or Ohio where your board members live?
We would be honored to have you volunteer at one of our events. Volunteers work behind the scenes to help assure our evenings to bring hope to the children in Ethiopia are a success. Please send us a email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
We have volunteers who help us fundraise in many different states. We have kids have lemonade stands, brides and grooms who ask their guests in lieu of a gift to donate to their favorite charity EOR, birthday parties, concerts, marathon races and many more great things. If you would like to organize a fundraiser in your area please email us at email@example.com