Impact… reaching our audacious goal!

Impact within the Chapa village!

Back in February our team visiting the Chapa community spent time with the leaders of the nearby government Aroma school. This is the school that is technically free if you can afford exercise books, shoes and a uniform.  The Aroma school houses hundreds of kids of various ages all trying to get their education completed. It is the school where our sponsored Chapa kids will advance in grade level.  We returned home convinced we could share the need for more classroom space and the funding would come.

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Take a look at this…

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This is the layout of the new blocks of classrooms.

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It was an honor to meet and pray with the construction crew while we were recently back in Chapa.

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It is an honor to work with Children’s Hopechest.  They do what they say they are going to do and they do it so well. Thank you to the many who made this audacious goal a reality. Thank you for partnering, donating, praying and believing that the children of the Chapa community are so deserving of a solid education.  We look forward to accommodating more students and lessening the student to teacher ratio.

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Together is the best place to be.

Peace and grace on the journey,

Melanie

 

Monkey Business

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We took an early morning walk through the Awassa fish market and surrounding park where the monkey’s (or at least a few) are under training by a few locals. Traveling with kids is such a gift and I pray every day for the eyes of my children to be opened to our belief that most on planet earth are seeking the same things.  Our mission is to accept and love, to show mercy and interest in other cultures and to invest where we can with who we can along the way.  Grateful for the journey back to Ethiopia this summer.  It is a splendid land filled with wonder.

Peace on the journey…

Melanie

Ethiopia in all her beauty

When the daughter you never knew you might have is born in a land rich in both beauty and history, it is difficult to not become quickly attached.  I could never have predicted I would be returning as many times as we have in the last six years but what a blessing to have others join us to catch a glimpse of the allure and need we see when we spend time in one of the oldest civilizations on the planet. Did you know that Ethiopia is mentioned 45 times in the bible and home t the oldest living human remains found in the Afar region dating back 2.8 million years? Did you know that Ethiopia has thirteen months in a year and the only African nation never to be colonized, defeating the Italians twice?  It’s such a gift to be raising our Ethiopian daughter to be proud of her birth country. May she always know how much we respect all that her culture brings to the world and may she always see us striving to make an impact in a land where the needs are very complex. Thank you Ryan for showcasing stunning Ethiopia in all her bountiful and ancient glory:

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