Whining for Wine


This past weekend two of our dear long time donors, James & Annie hosted our first ever “Whining for Wine” event. They gathered their friends together to learn more about Ethiopian Orphan Relief and Lights of Hope Auction.

Guests brought a bottle of wine, or two or three or some four that we will auction off at Lights of Hope’s – Wall of Wine. This wine wall is one of our big hits each year. It’s composed of 80 bottles of red, white and sometimes bubbly greatness. Each bottle is wrapped so you don’t know what your getting until you leave the event. You choose a number of the bottle you want and then wait for the big surprise to see if it’s a $15 bottle or $150 bottle.


Our guests dined on amazing appetizers like Goat Cheese Empanadas, Almond stuffed dates, Queso Fundido and desserts along with a speciality cocktail, beer and wine all while learning about how the bottle of wine they donated is going to directly impact our projects at Children’s Heaven in Addis Ababa.DSC_0718.jpegDSC_0719.jpegDSC_0721.jpeg

The guests were amazing and we collected 31 bottles of wine at the party and many who were unable to attend are dropping off wine to EOR’s office this week.


No party  is complete without a little party favor. Guests were given a cookie to nibble on their drive back into town.


The kids even got in the action. William was in charge of having guests record their wine donations and making sure they put their name in for the door prizes.




Viola and Anne Rose who were both born in Southern, Ethiopia greeted guests as they arrived and took their coats and purses.


Quinn was the master at clean up. He racked up some service hours for all his hard work.

Thank you James and Annie for opening your beautiful home and hosting “Whining for Wine.”

Would you like to donate a bottle of wine or auction item for Lights of Hope’s ? Visit here. 

Save the date May 13th here in Portland for our 9th annual Lights of Hope Auction. 

Medical Need

We need your help. Children’s Heaven in Addis Ababa is a community based program for at-risk girls age 7-18. Many of these girls have lost one or both parents to HIV. Once a year they undergo medical exams to assess nutrition needs and any medical issues that may arise.


Each medical exam cost $15. Will you help us provide 115 girls with medical care? Maybe start your holiday shopping early and gift a family member or friend, honor a friend on their birthday or give in memory of a loved one.

Thanks for all you do for these inspiring amazing girls.

To make a gift please visit here.


A little throwback

In honor of #TBT we thought we would show you just how much of a difference your generosity is making.

This photo is a favorite of ours. Abebe, the founder and director at Lola Children’s Home shared it with us in 2011. The photo truly captures the personalities of the children. From Selam’s beautiful smile, to  Brook’s shy grin,  and how little Eyerusalem (Geri) is.


Flash forward to a week ago and this new photo Abebe sent of the same children plus the newest member of Lola, a little baby.


Your gifts to EOR are making a big difference. These children are thriving because of many things YOU are providing. From the Plumpy Nut nutritional program, school uniforms, medicine, medical supplies, new clothing, beds, linens, and much more.

The building of the new Lola Children’s Home is coming along. Next month, EOR board member/Partner and Project chair Lauren will be visiting Lola with her family and we can’t wait to hear her update on how the project is progressing.


Each gift you make to EOR is important. It can be $1 or $7,000 each and every gift is truly making a difference. Thank you for all YOU do for the children in Ethiopia.

To make a gift to EOR for one of our projects please visit here. 


Happy Throwback Thursday!

Did you know that many of our projects are funded by our donors, personally raising funds for EOR? We’ve had friends run marathon’s, in lieu of gifts for their wedding or birthday asked friends to give to EOR, lemonade stands, garage sales, kids emptying their piggy bank and memorial gifts and more.

Today’s #TBT photo is of the Lola Children’s Home Clinic Room that was funded by the family and friends of Fred Williams. Mr. Williams son and daughter in law have been long time supporters of the work EOR is doing in Ethiopia. When he passed away they wanted to be able to give back as he was so honored that two of his grandchildren were adopted from Ethiopia.

This clinic room is used to treat any of the Lola Children and sometimes community members who are ill. Children come to the clinic to get their daily meds, weights, plumpy nut and any health related issues.

If you would like to host a party, birthday, or fundraise for EOR we would love to hear from you. Please email us at info@ethiopianorphanrelief.org

To make a gift in honor of someone please visit here.



Help us with school supplies?

It’s school supply time for Lola Children’s Home. For the past few years EOR has committed to purchasing school supplies for the kids.

We have many easy ways to give.

• $11 provides school books for one child for the entire school year

• $17 provides sports clothing for one child

• $19 provides one school uniform

• $22 provides pens for all the Lola kids

• $43 provides pencils for all the Lola kids

Do you give your children’s teacher a gift on the first day of school or during the holiday season? A gift of books would make a perfect gift. How about a friend who has everything? We can personalize a card in their honor for you.

To help us reach our goal and donate towards this project please visit us here. 

Thanks for all you do for the children in Ethiopia.


School Supplies For Lola

It’s school supply time for Lola Children’s Home.

Would you like to help with this mini project? Your gift of $25 will provide a child with the needed school supplies, uniform along with a new set of clothes for sports. Our amazing guests at Lights of Hope auction kicked off this project and were getting close to our goal.

Please visit here to make a gift of $25 or more to complete this project. Our goal is to complete this project by August 10th just in time before they start school.

Thanks for all you do for the kids at Lola Children’s Home in Mekelle, Ethiopia.





Run with us?

Come Join the EOR team  on October 2, 2016 for the 5th annual Cause + Event Foundation race located in Bethany Village, a suburb of Portland Oregon.

EOR will be represented as one of the over 200 worldwide causes and as a race participant YOU will be raising money for EOR.

In the past the Cause + Event group gives back to your selected non profit a portion of your race entrance fee. Last year they gifted half of each entrance fee to the non profit of your choice.

This October we are hoping to have the largest EOR team to date, so grab your friends and family and commit to health, well being, and continued support of EOR.

Races offered will be a 5K walk and 5K and 10K run.  There will be great music, food, and vendors to enjoy after as well. It’s always a fun morning event for our EOR and Lights of Hope family.

Race registration is filling up fast. To join our team visit here.  Registration fee is $35 and includes Tee-shirt, finisher’s medal, race bib, a minimum $15 to EOR and an amazing after-party with great food and beverages, and a ban. To learn more about Cause + Event race visit here.

See you all on Race day!


Lola Graduation

Happy Saturday! Hope your summer is off to a great start. I woke up this morning to this wonderful email from Abebe who is the Founder and Director at Lola Children’s Home in Mekelle, Ethiopia. YOU all are making a difference in these children’s lives. From buying chickens, plumpy nut, to your financial gifts, each and everyone is making a difference.

I don’t know about you but I think these graduates are adorable and they have a much brighter future because of YOU and the support you give. 

“Dear Kim and Lauren and EOR family. I hope my message find you well and your family. Yesterday I had very emotional day. I was crying and crying nothing but happiness. One of our first kids Jerry and Arsema they graduated from kindergarten to formal school. I can’t see those children alive and enjoy life with out your involvement. Thank you for keeping the good will and your commitment. We all feel grateful for having you with us.”


Who will it be?

This year at Lights of Hope we will present our sixth annual “Lights of Hope Ambassador” award. EOR has long recognized the importance of the commitment our donors make to the orphaned and vulnerable children in Ethiopia. The Lights of Hope Ambassador Award recognizes a donor or donors for their extraordinary commitment to EOR and the work done in Ethiopia.

Our past Ambassadors include

  • John & Anne Ferguson 2011
  • David & Jina Lorati 2012
  • Jon & Molly Ruscoe 2013
  • Molly & David Cardenal 2014
  • Sara & Ryan Hoppes 2015


Join us  May 21 in Portland Oregon where we will announce the 2016 Ambassador.