A Chapa Update {Join Us} Chapa needs you!

We are home and honestly as much as I love family time and vacation, being home feels good. I’ll share more about our time away soon but for now I have so much to share about Chapa. My One Child Campaign Partner and dear friend, Caleb David, visited Chapa with a team in July and I am grateful for the time he was able to spend listening and learning.

My One Child Campaign Partners, Zelalem and Caleb, hard at work in Ethiopia July 2013 *photo credit Alyssa Sieb*

If this is your first time reading my blog I want to tell you a bit about a beautiful village outside of Awassa in Sidamo region of Ethiopia. It’s a place I wish all of you could see and hear. I wish you could witness the hope we see in the children we have come to know at the Chapa Carepoint and also the tenacity and smiles we see in  the women, church elders and village leaders.

Although we do not share the same language I had great fun communicating with this man.

The lush grounds of the Chapa Compound

 

The women of Chapa work all through the night to prepare a giant feast for all the children.

those smiles!

Children’s Hopechest partnered with what was orginally a small village church and they have been working over the past three years to develop a school where the most vulnerable children in the community can become educated.  Chapa was born. This November will mark two years since our family signed on to become Carepoint Coordinators for the Children’s Hopechest Carepoint of Chapa. We truly had no idea exactly what we were getting into but we knew after our first adoption visit to meet our daughter that we were being called to advicate for the protection and education of children in Ethiopia.  So many in Ethiopia hunger not only for food but also for purpose, hope, security and an education. Partnering with Children’s Hopechest has been a wonderful fit and we are thrilled to see the progress that continues thanks to many who sponsor children on a monthly basis and also to those of you who have given BIG toward new water pipelines and access points, a water sanitation system and new latrines and showers for the children. We must also thank the outstanding on the ground CHC staff who work tirelessly to develop the community into what will be best for the children. Their intentions are so authentic and their leadership true. They join us when we make our way to the Carepoint each trip and their relationships and input are always so vital to furthering our connection.

I’ll not soon forget my first trip to Chapa, joining the children in song in their classroom on stilts.

The original Chapa classroom 18 months ago

 

showing us how they learn through song

You can read about my first trip here but the second trip to Chapa was like nothing else I have experienced. Our team was welcomed with open arms. The children were eager and receptive and what were told on our last day of our visit was how thankful they were for our return visit and our committment to the spirtutal and and physical health and wellbeing of their children. Can you even imagine? It was not the celebration, the learning or the feast but instead the connection through visiting and worshipping together  that made our time in Chapa so darn sweet. The CHC model of sponsorship is based on a Connect Community (that’s us ) partnering with a community in need in Ethiopia (that’s Chapa). By consistently returning to Ethiopia we are building sustainable relationships and a solid trust.  During the trip last February our team was blessed to wash the feet of the Chapa kids.

Washing the feet of the precious Chapa children

Precious moments

It was a very spiritual and humbling experience and by the end of day one we felt a deeper connection to the children as they relaxed, allowing us to pamper and clean their soiled feet. We heard giggles and saw smiles. During Caleb’s recent July visit the elders and  leaders expressed profound gratitude for  the footcare we provided the children. They even asked us to invite the extended families and church members during our upcoming February trip to join in our days of ministry. There words were. “We want you to teach us how to better love and care for our children and we also want you to be one of us. ”  These words brought me to tears.  I cannot think of a more pleasing and beautiful goal than for all of us to be connecting and respecting one another with our eyes and actions fixed on God.

During the July meeting their was high praise for CLEAN WATER not only for the children but also for the community.

I love the little girl splashing her face with WATER!

One of two new water access points at Chapa

Now the Water Access points at Chapa are clean and the villagers wanted to learn all about the sanitation system

One villager even donated the land next to Chapa for the community water access point. Chapa is a community willing to help themsleves and we continue to see this over and over again both in their dialogue and through their actions. The latest project, the latrine buildout, is 60% complete and it is critical that I share that the men of Chapa pitched in and did most of the labor for the project themselves saving funds for other dire needs within the Chapa compound. They told Caleb that they are willing and able to work and while they do not have much they do have their strength to work. This is what we continue to see as a positive partnership.

The Latrine project nearly complete.

  The Carepoint is surviving and so are the young children in the Chapa community thanks to CHC and to you. Survival in a place like Ethiopia is of course challenging but our hope and prayer is to begin to see the Chapa Carepoint truly thriving. Currently, the most critical need is to get the classrooms completed. The governement is very strict with schools and this classroom must have cement floors complete with desks, chairs and blackboards in order  for the community to keep the land.

This classroom is half way complete

Proper ventilation and a less hostile environment of sun, dirt and inclimate weather along with access to clean water now will help the children to thrive. Please join me in the fight for the protection and education of the children in Chapa. We only need $5000 to complete the classrooms. Would you consider helping us meet our goal? We would love for you to be a part of the growth and promise we see at Chapa. Click here to donate. 

There are many to thank and from the bottom of my heart thank you. It has been such a blessing to advocate for children in Ethiopia and I hope that you will consider joining our community of believers. We believe all children are worth the love of Christ and we beleive that all children are made in His image just waiting for the opportunity to grow, learn and shine. Come see for yourself this beautiful village and the children of Chapa next February 2014 and message me should you have the desire to get connected to a Chapa child or Capital project. Together we can do so much and believe me when I tell you that God continues to deliver BIG ideas and the right people…

40 more children are waiting to be sponsored and we have a classroom to complete soon.

Join me.

Pray for Chapa and please dream big alongside me.

Peace and Grace,

Melanie

 

Plans to Return {Begin with One Trip to Ethiopia 2014}…

Last February both myself and Caleb David of One Child Campaign lead a team of 20 people to Ethiopia. For some it was a first visit and for others a return trip to a land where they had served before or perhaps adopted children. The trip was like nothing I have experienced before. The people who were brought together were beyond a perfect fit and while on the ground we met birth parents and grandparents, we met children who would soon be adopted and we spent time at the Children’s HopeChest carepoint of Chapa, a place where in the months before, we had been spreading the word about the power of sponsorship. We called it the dream maker trip. So many prayers were answered, so many eyes opened and so many connections made to those ministries in country doing great and ethical works. Many returned home with a calling to do more and a deep desire to sponsor children as we saw the benefits for ourselves and made rich connections to children who were so excited that we returned to teach, love and nurture them.

As I type there is another team of people on the ground in Ethiopia trying to deliver clean water systems to needy children at two Carepoints. They need our prayers. Their time is running out and the customs agents are being less than cooperative. The take away from all the turmoil is this. The work I do and help to lead others to is not simple. If God calls you to care for the least of these do not expect the journey to be simple, easy or straight. One trip to wherever you are called is not the end but rather the beginning. Sometimes the biggest obstacles are placed before us to test our resolve and our faith. I do know this… doing what is just and right will always prevail no matter the timeline, and no matter the outcome I am always proud to call those who serve through One Child Campaign my colleagues and friends. You all inspire, encourage and challenge me to seek and do more of what has been asked of me and to encourage others to join me along the way.

In February I will be returning as the team leader to the village of Chapa in Ethiopia. Perhaps you are feeling the nudge to join me. Over the last year funds have been generously donated for the completion of a water station and a clean water sanitation system for both the children of the Carepoint and also the local village. Where there was once a difficult pump there is now an easy access water station for children and adults alike. Soon the water will also have a sanitation system and every drop will be healthy clean water, a first for Chapa!  We will also get to see for ourselves the new latrines which will make the grounds of Chapa so much more sanitary. Lastly, we will see the smiling faces of over 300 children in school uniforms and perhaps even new shoes made possible by so many of you. I can almost feel the roof being raised right now while the children of Chapa worship and sing. I can feel their warmth, their gratitude and their hope for the future. Please consider joining me… Click here for trip costs and details.

 

Teaching the children Jesus Loves Me…

Water for all big and small…

 

His precious eyes…

 

Beautiful Chapa…

 

Peace and Grace,

Melanie Strobel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Washing thier Feet… {Another lesson from our visit to Chapa}

We called it a foot care clinic.  For months the idea of caring for their little feet swirled in my brian. My sister so wanted to make it a medical teaching moment and while that sounded good, we were unclear how the whole thing would go. We both liked the idea of teaching them the value of caring for their feet and giving each child a footcare kit to take home. As the trip drew nearer we began to price the nail clippers, files, etc that it would take to run the clinic and also create the kits. The costs were very prohibitive.   We began to think we would wash the children’s feet but anything more would have to wait. Within two weeks of that conversation my sister called to announce that someone would be donating all the nail clippers we needed to make individual kits for the Chapa children. My sister created the kits and when they cleared customs we knew it was meant to be. Our team would create a  simple footcare clinic and my amazing sister, Haven,  would carefully and lovingly check each child’s feet for ulcers, chiggers or anything that might require medical attention.

It was a highlight for all who participated and I am not just speaking of the kids.  Without a care in the world, the children were able to sit for a few minutes as we washed their little toes and ankles. We trimmed their nails and inspected every angle of their feet. Soon after we began washing, Tadesse had the bright idea to clean each of the children’s shoes. Watching him serve the children in such a way is still difficult for me to describe. His caring and his interest in their comfort was so beautiful. Many on our team were not so sure about washing feet but after watching Cheri and Haven,  most took turns jumping right in. We even had the Ethiopian leaders and translators acting as faithful and loving servants of the children. It was a beautiful act of love, trust and faith. Most of the children would slump down in totally relaxation and giggle in delight. It seems that feet are ticklish no matter the country of origin.

As we celebrate this holy week I am reminded of Jesus and the washing of his disciples feet. Can you imagine the Messiah humbling himself to cleanse your feet? They must have watched with wonder as Jesus circled the room, kneeling down to perform that which was intended for the slave of the house.  It is easy to assume that the idea of footcare for the children of Chapa surfaced as we asked what we would do as a team to love the children during our visit, but instead I believe God gave us the idea so that we might all experience the power of humbling ourselves as willing servants. It is human tendency to search for ways for others and sometimes even God to serve us. This is often the way of the world, yet Jesus gave us the perfect example of humility and generosity on the eve of his death and then the very next day would give us his life, carrying the cross and the sins of the world to his death. Jesus provided an example of long term benefit. Service to others lives on and on and can be given away over and over again whereas living to our own benefit in our own way only brings temporary contentment and joy.

As you view the images of washing the feet of the children of Chapa I hope you will consider the attitude of humility that Jesus had as he washed  the filthy feet of his friends. Jesus did not impose his own conditions, instead he acted with teaching and love in mind. He acted as an example of pure love so that he might show how God the father loved him and tells us to love one another at all times. I’m grateful for the spiritual awareness mission trips often bring but ask yourself where you can wash the feet of another right here right now today. Where can we be the listening ear, perform a selfless act or give away something we might truly treasure during this week of miracles?Jesus died so that we might have life and every day that I seek him in all my actions it becomes abundantly clear that we must be willing to lose our life so that we can find it.

For I have shown you an example, that you should do as I have done for you.  John 13:17 

best little grin… hands down!

 

Her passion for the children was contagious…

 

sweet Tadesse… clean shoes for clean feet

 

so much love…

 

a favorite day…

 

Happy Easter. He is Risen Indeed.

Melanie

 

 

 

The Chapa Feast and a big THANKS!

It does begin with one… one nudge, one idea, one yes!

I might say it too often, but actually going to Ethiopia changed everything for me. There is little in me and in my family that has remained the same since stepping foot off the plane in Addis Ababa. The adoption of our daughter lead us to Ethiopia and of course God’s plan was so much greater. After our adoption was complete I could not stop thinking of the many Ethiopian children in need of a voice.  It became very obvious that I could be used to advocate for those living in destitute conditions. Within a year of our daughter coming home we were presented with the opportunity to become Sponsorship Coordinators for the Children’s Hopechest Care Point of Chapa located 275 miles south of the capital city of Addis Ababa near Awassa. Truth be told we really did not have any idea what we were getting ourselves into but again I was trusting that our yes would be used for His glory.

Last year a very small group of us visited the Chapa Carepoint for the first time. A Carepoint is a designated safe area that is often a church combined with a school where Children’s Hopechest Ethiopia Staff come alongside community leaders and pastors to identify children with tremendous need who would not be able to attend school without support. Some of the children might be orphaned by immediate family and all of the children would be considered vulnerable to homelessness, extreme hunger, illness or possible traffickers   The Carepoint becomes a place where children receive education, medical attention if needed, monthly food allotments, mentorship and spiritual guidance. Once children within the community are identified then Children’s Hopechest profiles each child to better understand his or her story. From there the Carepoint is born and Children’s Hopechest seeks monthly sponsors who will commit to $34 per month per child to assist the child in survival, wellness and development. Just moments into my visit last year it was clear that I needed to share the beauty I saw in the little gem called Chapa. I needed others to meet the children and hear what I heard in their song.

The Church

 

Classrooms

 

Inside the Classroom

 

In many ways this year’s visit to Chapa was even more special than the first. Twenty others joined me and as our three vans rolled down the small side road toward the school you could feel the excitement in the faces of those greeting us  and the children running alongside.  Our visit began with many hugs and smiles from the teachers and the school directors. We unloaded supplies and began to organize our day of fun. I will share more about that soon but I want to start at the end of our visit and share photos of the Celebration Feast so many of you helped to provide for the Chapa kids and also many kids from the village who do not attend school and wait all day watching from the perimeter of the school. God provided and we were able to invite the little onlookers in for a hot meal of injera and wat. So many of you contributed financially which allowed us to purchase a giant ox from the farmer down the street and feed around 500 children. It was so much fun and amazing to watch them gobble up their food and delight in the fizz of soda pop. We opened bottle after bottle praying for a loaves and fishes story. After the feast we were not surprised that there was food to spare.

As the children filed into the church, squeezing in so they could all eat together, our wonderful translator lead the children in song. They raised the roof and we were so honored to hear their native songs and be a part of their worship. Our team spread out among the 300 plus children in the church and we laid our hands on the children while we prayed for our time together, new experiences, the sponsors God brought this year and all the hope and future that is planned for the children and the leaders of the school. Most of us wept as there was such a presence of God in the church. There is such hope and energy at Chapa and the translator shared with me later that the children are so polite and smart using pleases and thank yous and helping their fellow students. It is obvious that in one year the children have gained a confidence and a joy that only God can deliver. It makes us all eager to advocate for every Chapa child to have his or her own sponsor as we know how vital sponsorship is to who the children will become in Christ. They will grow up to be the future leaders and educators of Chapa and beyond and that is truly how we change the world one child at a time.

Food Prep with the Village Women

 

Meat is a BIG Treat for the Children

 

They Worked Through the Night to Prepare the Feast

 

 

 

Injera and Wat

 

Loaves and Fishes

 

I Love These Little Onlookers

 

 

 

We Opened the Gates and Fed So Many More

 

Precious Smiles

 

Many Enjoying Soda for the First Time

 

 

The teaching and celebration we shared with the children stole our hearts and for most of us on the team, those moments are forever etched on our hearts.  Several of us were able to spend time with children who we returned home to sponsor and we all returned home eager to spread the word that you too can be a part of the community who comes alongside the Chapa community to love, pray and support them in the days ahead. Who knows perhaps next year you too will join the Begin With One team to actually meet your child in the absolutely charming village of Chapa.

Peace and Grace,

Melanie

 

 

What a Process… { but He is in the details…}

I have done this a time or two. I have planned and packed, prepped my house, wiped the tears as I said goodbye to my family and prayed my way through the days of fear that seem to come before each of my trips to Ethiopia.  Yes, I have done this before, but this time feels very different. You see this time I feel a deep sense of community and committment from those who will be joining me on the journey. It is the craziest cool feeling of just knowing that this group came together for a big purpose. Just three months ago both myself and Caleb David of One Child Campaign, who plans and orchestrates the most amazing and authentic trips to Ethiopia, we were very unsure of who would be joining us this year. For weeks we were encouraging several people to say yes and we were hoping to end up with a group of 12-14. Then the amazing happened. Within one week ten people said yes and signed on to be part of the team. To top it all off we quickly discovered so many connections to one another that we were all wowed.  Now we are just days away from making the trip and the confirmation and peace I feel is awesome! I will keep packing and prepping my family all the while knowing that God has ordained this journey for myself and 19 others.

Four of us are mommas who all adopted from Ethiopia at different times and we get to return together to the place where our children were loved before they came home to our families. Someone pinch me. One woman on the team has helped me with the sponsorship program with the Children’s Hopechest Chapa Carepoint. Now she will get to enter the lush tropical village of Chapa and enter the sea of Chapa children who will be singing and praising God for our visit. I can’t wait for her to see the fruits of her labor. One of my teammates is my sister and it’s a bit of dream that soon I will get to experience a country, a culture and a people I love and respect so dearly with her. Amazing. I have both friends and friends of friends as team members and I am so eager to see how God continues to knit us together. I truly am humbled by that which He has begun.

This weekend we were able to get away as a family and spend time with some dear friends. I was a bit distant, feeling like all I could think about and talk about was the departure this week but our friends just listened and listened some more. I love how they work hard, just like my husband,  to learn all the connections, all the players, all the ministries and all the members of the team so that they too can share in the journey. It is a blessing to be encouraged in such a way and I was grateful for the time to hang with our kids and with friends whom we adore.  A couple of the boys snowboarded and seemed so old, just doing their own thing while a few of the other kids were able to spend time at a waterpark with friends just racing from one area of fun to the next. I had calm, quiet time with Ava and loved watching her get herself all bundled up for the snow only to last well you know how it goes with a three year old… It was good quality time off the grid.  The best part of the weekend was the opportunity our leaving provided for our teenage Ethiopian, Tadesse, to spend a few days with the Pastor of the Ethiopian church here in town. The visit was wonderful and we cannot thank Pastor Aberra enough for coming alongside us to help pour into Tadesse. The Aberra family welcomed him with his favorite Doro Watt and several opportunities to be among Ethiopian friends. Yesterday Tadesse called to tell me that he was part of a group Pastor Aberra organized to meet at the church after fasting for a prayer time specifically for me and for our team. I wept. I am honored that we have come to share in each other’s call to minister to and with the Ethiopian people and knowing the church body is supporting what we will venture off to do is incredibly humbling. Thank you.

It’s been quite a process to get to this point and all I can think to do is say thank you to so many who have supported us along the way. Just this afternoon these beautiful hadmade journals were delivered to us by a wonderful mission minded family. Their boys decorated journals, one for each member of our team,  to be sure we would be able to remember and document what we learn and see while in Ethiopia.

Then another friend dropped by with a huge hockey bag on wheels and another delivered a check to support the Chapa Feast. This trip has become a community affair and certainly that is as it should be. Our community reaching out to another is a beautiful thing. The outpouring of support has been awesome!

Tonight I keep refelcting back on the quiet conversation I shared with my husband as our plane took off from Addis Ababa after our first visit to meet our daughter in 2010. Neither of us could have ever been prepared for what we saw and neither of us could have been totally prepared for the pull we would immediately feel to be more connected and to give back to a country with so much need yet so much charm and deep faith.   We made a committment then that we would do something. Little did I know that God would take those words, that exchange of hearts and allow me the priveledge to return several more times to serve.  “I feel like we need to share what we now know about the orphan crisis with others. People need to see what we just saw and feel God’s presence like we just did, ” I uttered on the plane to my husband. From there we tucked the thoughts away , closed our eyes and quietly prayed.

It all began with one.  One calling. One step. One child. One journey. One prayer. Sometimes that is all that is asked of us and God works out the rest!

Peace and Grace,

Melanie

 

 

Join Us on the Journey… {Planning a Feast for Chapa}

Myself and a team of  20 from all across the country will soon be embarking on a fabulous journey to Ethiopia. We  will be working with several ministries and missionaries on the ground in unique ways to learn more about sustainable solutions to poverty and orphan care. We will seek to understand before being understood  and serve Ethiopia’s people with open minds in order to learn how to best meet their often desperate needs and also to embrace their spectacular culture. For our family it is a dream come true that 20 people will join me at Chapa, the beautiful Children’s Hopechest Carepoint where many children are in desperate need of basic things such as water, uniforms, mentorship, nutrition and education.

We have championed the Carepoint this year and been blessed with many family and friends, a community, who now sponsor a child at Chapa. The monthly sponsorship is transforming the Chapa community one little life at a time.  As the February trip draws near we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of kindness and offers of support and we thought of a cool way for you to be a part of our mission.

 Help us lift up the kids at Chapa with a big celebration feast.

My son Hayden made this video to help explain…

The meal makes a BIG impact especially while myself and the team are there in person spending time listening, learning, playing, loving and teaching. Last year we held a feast for the kids and it was so much fun to see their little eyes sparkle as they all shared in a giant meal of meat, vegetables, injera and even soda pop.

 As you know there is something about a hot meal that shows love and hospitality and frankly the relationships we started to build with the village women who prepared the meal all through the night were priceless.

 

Now this year we return with an even bigger goal… Could we feed the children who attend the Carepoint and perhaps even more who surround the school peaking in all day?

The Chapa community eager to see what we were up to all day with the kids…

Maybe we could invite many more in the surrounding village to a huge celebration feast to share God’s love and vision for their community. It’s a lofty goal but a girl can dream!

Any contributions can be mailed to:
477 Morraine Hill Drive SE Ada, MI 49301 or you may contribute via paypal here:




There is so much need at Chapa so any and all donations will be put to good use.

Thanks you for all your support of our team and for supporting our family in this goal. We are dreaming BIG for the Chapa kids and we hope you will follow our journey.

Peace and Grace today and always,

Melanie

Looking back… {Chapa Sponsorship: one year later and a Holiday Challenge}

It’s been one year since our family became Carepoint Coordinators for the Children’s Hopechest Chapa Carepoint in Ethiopia.  What an adventure it has been! This very weekend one year ago we were diligently working to pull off an event to educate our friends and family about how our community could transform a community far across the globe in a small village south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In this year we have been truly amazed by the outpouring of love for the children of Chapa and we are thrilled to report that 84 children now have sponsors to call their very own. Isn’t that amazing? We are so filled with gratitude for each of you who have opened your eyes and your hearts to change the world for orphans in their distress {James 1:27}. I even have a dear friend, our daughters adopted through the same agency in Ethiopia, who helped spread the word to her church family.  You should see what their small church community has done to love big on the Chapa children. Thank you Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church of Hood River, Oregon and thank you Cheri Rogers for coming alongside me in so many ways. When we all unite to share solutions it’s awesome what can be accomplished!

As we celebrate the Thanksgiving week ahead and move into the holiday season, I want to thank each of you who sponsor a child or children at Chapa and also those who have taken the time to support us as a family as we fundraise and share our dreams for Chapa. I am so excited to see what God has done in the past year  and I am even more excited about the ways in which God is paving the way to do even more for health and wellness in the Chapa community in the near future, but one dream still remains… I want each child to be filled with the pride of knowing that they have been chosen. I want each child to feel God’s love through letters and prayer. I want all the children of Chapa to share with one another the names and cities of their sponsor.  It is that deep feeling of self worth and love that is created when you sign on to call a child from Ethiopia your own. So I ask each of you reading this to not only consider sponsorship but more than anything else, I need help in spreading the word. Please share this post and in doing so help me to find sponsors for 80 more children who wait.  Here is the best news… I have a generous family willing to contribute $500 toward the Clean Water for Chapa Project for each new child sponsorship between now and February 1, 2013 ( the day our team departs for Ethiopia) How cool is that? God is stirring hearts and honoring our work on the behalf of these children. Let’s make this big dream an awesome reality!

This February myself and a team of 12 others {yes there are a few spots remaining} will be returning to Chapa. We will return to spread love and hope among the children. We will seek to be his hands and feet so that they might see God’s mighty love.  We will meet with school and church leaders, listening and planning so we can better meet the needs of the children and surrounding community. We will play, laugh, dance and sing. We will hug, cry and pray with children and we will hand deliver the word that they are cherished by sponsors from around the globe. For many children in Ethiopia sponsorship is everything. See for yourself  below with the look on this sweet girl’s face when we gave her a care package from her sponsor family. So precious!

Again thank you for all of the support we feel for the Chapa children and let’s work together to give the waiting children of Chapa a sponsor of their very own.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours,

Melanie

 

 

 

Bringing Clean Water to Chapa {providing health and hope one precious drop at a time…}

Women and children in Ethiopia might spend up to six hours a day gathering water. These containers generally weigh 40lbs and the water is unclean.

{Click here to go directly to Chapa donation page.}

I don’t know about you but it is rare that I’ve ever had to worry about water. I turn on a faucet when I need to wash hands or visit the front of my fridge when I am thirsty.  We have hoses, washing machines and showers, yet water is at the heart of a daily crisis faced by billions of the world’s most vulnerable people—a crisis that threatens life and destroys livelihoods on a devastating scale. When we brought our daughter home from Ethiopia she was very sick from parasites, thought to be contracted from contaminated water.

Nearly 90 percent of all diseases in the world are caused by unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene. Every year there are 4 billion cases of diarrhea as a direct result of drinking contaminated water. This results in more than 2.2 million deaths each year—the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets crashing every day.The weakest members of these communities are the most vulnerable. Every day water-related diseases claim the lives of 5000 children under the age of five. That’s roughly one every 15 seconds.

Unlike war and terrorism, the global water crisis does not make media headlines, despite the fact that it claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns. Unlike natural disasters, it does not rally concerted international action, despite the fact that more people die each year from drinking dirty water than from the world’s hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, and earthquakes combined. This is a silent crisis experienced by the poor, and tolerated by those with the resources, technology, and the political power to end it. Yet this is a crisis that is holding back human progress, consigning large segments of humanity to lives of poverty, vulnerability, and insecurity. This is true throughout much of Ethiopia.

With your help we can change the water crisis for those at the Chapa school and surrounding community. Clean water at Chapa would bring hope, wellness and restoration to not only a school compound but also to the surrounding community. Help the Children’s Hopechest staff on the ground in Ethiopia to provide the precious gift of water by clicking here. No gift is too small and we welcome your prayers of support too. After the money is raised to complete the project, the best organization will be selected for drilling and completion of pipeline and filtration process in Ethiopia.

Please click here if you wish to learn more about the connections between the global water crisis, poverty and water related disease.

*Thank you to Jon Morton Studios and Living Water International