Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ethiopian Orphan Delivery

Baby at El Bethel sleeping under new bedding delivered by Children's Hope.
Ethiopian law prohibits us from showing orphan's full face.
Mahlet Girma (left) shows the
orphanage staff some of the new medical
supplies she brought them. 
In January, when Mahlet first visited El Bethel orphanage in Awassa, she saw first-hand how desperate the staff was for help. The seven orphans under their care were hungry and the orphanage had only a few toys that were visible. So ten days later, Mahlet Girma, Children’s Hope- Ethiopia Country Representative, loaded up a mini-van with supplies in Addis Ababa, for a six hour drive back to Awassa to make a delivery.

Using many in-kind donations from Children’s Hope families, Mahlet gave away new shoes, clothes, coloring books, medical supplies, bedding, carpet, and many cans of baby formula. Sharon Turner, Children’s Hope Ethiopia Program Director, accompanied Mahlet on the trip, and was amazed at the large amount of supplies.

“I couldn’t believe all of what she was pulling out of that van,” Sharon said. “Just when I thought she had finished, she would grab something else she had stowed away.”

Sharon remarked at how happy the children were to receive the coloring books and crayons. She said several of the kids appeared to have never used crayons before, and so they had to be shown how to color between the lines of a picture.

Funds from Children’s Hope International Foundation were also given to the orphanage to help with rent and wages for their nannies. It was a lot to pack in a mini-van, but Mahlet came through with a life changing delivery.

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Many of the supplies Children's Hope gave to the orphanage in Awassa
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