Art Cards!!

You can now buy Ethiopian Orphan Relief’s Art Cards at a store, B Designs Home Decor in Hillsboro, Oregon!  These quality cards are very special as they are created by children who are now living with their forever families in the United States and by children who are living in Ethiopia at Ethiopian Orphan Relief’s partners.  A very important aspect of the cards is that all of the sales from these cards goes back to Ethiopian Orphan Relief and will be used to support EOR’s partners and projects.   B Designs Home Décor is owned by my sister in law, Jeni Barackman.  Jeni has been a supporter of Ethiopian Orphan Relief for a number of years now, as Ethiopia holds a very special place in her heart.  Jeni is an Aunt to my four children, two of whom were born in Ethiopia.  She has been a part of each of our adoptions, traveling to Ethiopia with us once and Jeni is excited to be able to support EOR in this way, and I recently asked her just a few questions about Ethiopian Orphan Relief and here is what she said:

I got involved with EOR after the invitation to the very first auction. You and Danny had invited us to go to the auction and I had no idea what to expect. I left that night feeling amazed and full of awe, with the passion and the energy that the organization had toward a country that we were just getting to know. At the time I didn’t realize what a big part Ethiopia would play in our lives. I am so grateful for that first invitation!

After the first auction I knew that I could do more to support EOR than just attending! So the following two years my mom and I created the quilt that displayed the children’s’ artwork. I also donated a few items from my etsy shop to the silent auction. My husband and I have loved the auction so much that we purchase a table now each year.  Because of all of this when I opened up my home decor shop in Hillsboro I thought that it would be a good platform to help sell the notecards!

Being a part of EOR is important to me because it impacts my family. I had the privilege of going to Ethiopia in 2011 with my brother to bring home my nephew. I never know one event in your life could have such an impact on your heart and soul. I had the honor of meeting Hannah and the girls at Children’s Heaven and I was amazed! I was able to share a meal and talk to the girls about their hopes and dreams and they showed me their crafts and stitchery work. I am so grateful for the care that the orphanage gave to both my niece and nephew and with the help of EOR that care is only getting better! I love being a part of this organization because it is helping those children that do not have their forever families.  EOR to me represents HOPE, hope for the future of children and families of Ethiopia. I am honored to be a part of EOR!

Thank you Jeni for your support and if you’d like to visit B Designs Home Décor they are located at 158 NE 2nd Ave in Hillsboro OR  97124

The perfect gift

Only 18 more days till Christmas… need a little gift for your child’s teacher, the grandparent who has everything, maybe a friend who needs a pick me up gift? Here at EOR we have just the thing….our 2010 art note cards. These beautiful notecards were created by Ethiopian children who have found their forever families and the young girls at Children’s Heaven in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Each notecard displays the artists work then on the back of card a bio on the picasa.

Cards come in sets of 8 folded note cards to a series for $15.00 (this includes shipping).

All proceeds go to EOR projects in Ethiopia.

Contact to place your order.

Images in the "Watercolor Series"

Images in the "Tasfa" series

Images in "Selam" series

pictures and popsicles, the afterword…

We had great fun at the 1st annual ‘Pictures & Popsicles’ party.   Lots of art, lots of giggles, lots of popsicles–a winning combination!

Here are some photos of the happy occasion:

a well-intentioned sign points the way to fun, spelling be darned!

Sweet K works hard!

Pretty rainbow from pretty D!

Cupcakes fuel creativity

Cupcake break for Meklit

America’s Next Top Model,  E, stops by for artsy fun

Lovely ladies, hard at work

looks yummy, but leaves a chalky feeling in the mouth…

so thankful to everyone who makes EOR a success!

Can’t wait to do this again next year.  Thank you, friends!


Take a look at your generosity in 2009

Ethiopian Orphan Relief’s donors made such a difference in 2009. Each donation from $2.00 to $6,000 made a difference. This past December EOR board members traveled to Ethiopia to check on the projects that were completed by your generosity. This video was put together for the Lights of Hope May 8th event in Portland, Oregon. Take a look at this video to see the difference you each made.

Click Here to see video


Will you be my Valentine

It’s hard to believe that Valentine’s Day will be here in 4 short weeks! If you are looking for a way to show someone you care and need gifts idea, EOR is here to help!

We have custom made note cards! These amazing cards were created by children adopted from Ethiopia. Each card has the child’s masterpiece on the front and on the back of the folded note is a little bio of the child. Cards come in packs of 8 or 6 different designs for $12.00 & $15.00. We have the Tsegereda Series, Watercolor Series and Africa Series. They make perfect gifts for Grandma, Aunts, Teachers, and anyone who loves to write notes.

Below are images of the card sets available.

Another idea is to make a donation to EOR in honor/memory of a loved one. EOR will notify the loved one with a card that a donation has been made in their honor! Recently my Aunt passed away and her birthday falls the day before Valentine’s Day. We are going to honor her memory in making a donation to  EOR in honor of her love she gave all of us.

If you are interested in either of these ways to shower your valentine please contact

Custom Art Cards by Ethiopian Children

We are so excited to share that our Art Cards for 2009 are now available for purchase!

Need a gift for a teacher, babysitter, a grandparent who has everything? We have the perfect gift!! Our second series of note cards, designed by Ethiopian children, are now available for purchase. Each card is a high quality folded style notecard, printed on heavy card stock, with a bio of the artist on the back of the card.

All the proceeds will go towards EOR projects! If you would like to purchase please contact and mark a few things off your shopping list! These cards would also make great holiday cards.

Here are a few sample of the style of cards available. The Tsegereda series has six notecards and is $12.00, The Africa and watercolor series have 8 cards each and are priced at $15.00.

A HUGE thank you goes to Barbra at Paper Rabbit Designs in Portland, Oregon. Barbra has been an amazing supporter of EOR since the beginning. She shares her talent and design in printing our cards! Her generosity is amazing and we love her!



Tsegereda designs 09 insertWatercolor designs 09 insert


Hair Braiding Extravaganza!

If you live in the Denver metro area and have an Ethiopian child whose hair you would like braided, please join us on Wednesday, June 17th at my home in Evergreen from 10am-12:00pm. We will be hosting Kidist, an expert hair braider and teenage adoptee from Ethiopia, who has started her own hair braiding business. Her mom Sally will be bringing Ethiopian food. The cost per child is $20. EOR has provided canvases and art supplies, and we will have an area for the children to create art for EOR’s art contest while they wait their turn for braiding. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to and I will provide you with directions to my home.


Art Contest 2009

It’s that time of year….Ethiopian Orphan Relief  is once again accepting children’s art submissions for our 2009 art contest. We have partnered with Paper Rabbit Designs of Portland, Oregon to print our notecards. Barbra at Paper Rabbit Designs has once again graciously given EOR a discount on printing and design layout! The submissions for the 2008 series were turned into 3 beautiful sets of note cards (sold in the EOR online store and at our events), framed and matted for sale at Art for Ethiopia in Denver and used as decor at our Lights of Hope auction in Portland.


1. Art must be original artwork created by children adopted from Ethiopia.

2. Contest is open to all ages.

3. All submissions must include a bio of the artist-child (ie…Johnny is 2 years old and was adopted from Ethiopia in 2008. He      enjoys running, playing music and dancing…).

4. All submissions become property of Ethiopian Orphan Relief and will not be returned.

5. Mail submissions and bios to: Kim Pasion, 3020 SW Christy Ave. Beaverton, OR 97005. Deadline is Monday, August 3rd, 2009.

The EOR board of directors will be choosing the finalists. We will have two top winners, boy and girl who will receive a EOR tee-shirt!

Click here to see the video of selections for 2008. Last years winner was 12 year old Alyiah who was adopted from Ethiopia at the age of 11. Below is her prize winning masterpiece.


If you have a blog, or belong to a regional ethiopian adoption group, we would welcome additional press about this event.  Please feel free to link this to your blog,  or send a message to your yahoo group(s).



Angie Regali & Annie Rose

Angie Regali & Annie Rose

That is a word that comes to my mind when I think of The Paper Rabbit. Six years ago, while taking my son to his very first day of Pre School, I met a Mom who has now become one of my dearest friends…Angie Regali. The Paper Rabbit was founded by Angie and now the fabulous Barbra Jorgensen is the new proprietor. When Angie & Barbra heard about our vision for note cards designed by Ethiopian Orphans and Ethiopian children who have found their forever families, they both said they wanted to be involved. They graciously donated their time and gave a generous discount on the printing. In the next two weeks the amazing art cards will be available in the EOR store. They make great hostess gifts, teacher gifts, just because your special gifts! Also check out Paper Rabbit Designs for gift items. Thank you Angie & Barbra for your generosity!