The EASIEST Way to Give this Giving Tuesday! You & I

Giving Tuesday is here, and our hearts and minds turn to helping those in need, but sometimes it can be difficult to know how.

We have an answer: the easiest way to give this Giving Tuesday.

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Recording artist, Andrew Allen is a big supporter of Canadian Humanitarian and Kids Hope Ethiopia.  He has released a song to help raise funds for the organization. We are excited to announce the world-wide release of ‘You & I’. Andrew Allen wrote this song for the students in the programs, and then had them help him record the vocals and the music video.  They have taken the message of this song to heart – we can do amazing things alone… but together? We can change the world.

Check out the music video below:

Andrew Allen and many others have donated their time and talents to produce this song so that every penny will go to the amazing programs that Canadian Humanitarian and Kids Hope Ethiopia run in Ethiopia and Malawi. It’s an incredibly simple way you can help.  

**Pay a few cents for a GREAT song, and help change a life.

You can purchase the song here:

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In the spirit of “Giving Tuesday”, make the choice to pick up this song – and then share it, gift it, invite others to join in giving these students hope! Can you imagine the difference 10,000 purchases would make? What about 1,000,000? Imagine the lives those numbers could change.

Please join us for #givingtuesday to buy the song, gift it to family and friends, share it out on social media so everyone can have this song in their music library and support a great cause in the process! Feel free to use the graphic at the top of the post and share it on your social media accounts using the hashtags #givingtuesday #you&I  then send them the link to this post, or directly to Google Play or iTunes.

If you want to donate directly rather than purchase the song, please consider us for Giving Tuesday 2015!

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 Together we can change the life of someone in need!

You & I.

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Let’s change the world!

Summer News 2015

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It’s hard to believe it is already July! We are loving the summer, and have certainly been busy with exciting things!
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June was a fun month for fundraisers – the Medicine Hat Chapter hosted their first ever Hues for Humanity event, as well as the Drive the Wagon golf tournament. Both events were a success, and between them raised enough funds to feed 50 students one hot meal a day for a year at our Education Support Centers.

We are looking forward to holding our next Hues for Humanity event in Virginia this fall!
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We took a great group of students from Okanagan College to both Ethiopia and Malawi in May. It was a wonderful trip, full of great experiences!

The team was able to do medicals, and provide the community clinics in rural areas, as well as introduce some local children to Frisbee – a game they had never seen before!

We have just released the 2016 Schedule of Expeditions – take a look below!
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2015 MNP Global Youth Expedition Winner!

We are excited to announce that the Global Youth Citizen Award for 2015 has been awarded by MNP to a high school student in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Myah has been given this award, and will be joining our Global Youth Expedition in August.

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Matt (MNP), Myah (winner!) and Lyndon (Kids Hope Ethiopia)

 
Myah also participated in our November 2014 evening at Medalta with her concept to help change the life of an Ethiopian family with $1000.  Her project came in 2nd place and she was able to present her ideas to the crowd. She’s turning into quite a humanitarian! 

Thanks to Matt, Chris and Ron from MNP for this 2nd annual award to pay the expenses for a deserving youth from Medicine Hat to travel to Ethiopia with the youth expedition.  

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Congratulations Myah!

There is still room to join the expedition but time is getting short so contact Deb as soon as you can to get in on the experience of a life-time! 

Thanks Bobbi-Jo for the great pictures! 

Spring 2015 Newsletter

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The past few months have been busy ones for Kids Hope Ethiopia! With an office now open in Virginia, two successful expeditions with more on the way, and warmer weather finally here – we are excited to share our spring news with you!

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We are excited to start a fundraiser called Hues for Humanity.  This event is a colorful fun run for the whole family where participants help raise funds through registration and pledge pages.  Hues for Humanity is taking place in both the U.S and in Canada and will be happening at different times throughout the year.  This summer Medicine Hat, Alberta will be hosting our first color fun run and will be starting off a great event that we hope to make a tradition.

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In the past few months we have had two very successful expeditions to Uganda and also to Ethiopia. We are excited for our next upcoming expedition taking place this August, the Global Youth Expedition.
Check out our blog and see what has been happening or take a look at our calendar to see what is coming up.  If you would like to participate in an upcoming expedition please contact Deb.

Some of our favorites:
A Kitchen For Kality
Puppets in the Theatre!
A New Roof
Music Without Boundaries (expedition with Andrew Allen)
Shirts and Shoes! 

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We are looking for people to host their own ‘fill up the summer’ fundraiser.  Pick any weekend in June to join our international fundraiser and set a goal to raise $1000 or more. Host your own backyard barbecue, dinner party, or even hold a bake sale and help support education for our students! Contact Rachel to set a date and get cooking! 

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The Foresight Fathers have been busy.  Ashebir is working hard as the new Program Manager, and we are excited to see what they are accomplishing!  (see more pictures

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Lots of young people are getting involved with holding their own fund raising activities whether it’s taking donations at their birthday, having a crazy-hat day at school or a lemonade stand in the park – we can use all the help we can get!

Happy National Volunteers Week!
We cannot do what we do without you!!
THANK YOU!!

Did you miss our year end newsletter?
If so, check it out here! 

Our address has changed! Our office is now located at
#210, 2472 Magnolia Ave
Buena Vista VA 24416

Guest Post – Shelly Vansbinbergen

Over Their Heads

There are so many stories that are floating around my mind and heart upon returning from Ethiopia. I wish I could bring back something tangible to show you and have you feel and experience and smell and touch what we felt while we were there. Alas, luggage allowances aren’t what they used to be and  even if they were, they wouldn’t suffice so I’ll have to rely on words to bring you as much as they will for now.
 

I’ll start with a photo I shared on Instagram that seems to have touched a lot of people pretty deeply. It’s a young boy, named Teddy, who shyly gathered 7 adults together to thank them for putting a roof on his home.

Teddy lives with his mother, behind a corrugated fence that hides about 6 or 7 families living in small mud and stick constructed shanties. Stepping over the small ditch with sewage and water running freely, into the small compound, I immediately felt claustrophobic. It was a tight little space with piles of tires and bags and plastic on one side of the wall, allowing only about 2-3 feet to walk through to get to the back of the compound where Teddy lives. In the corner, last doorway on the left…a dark little 9×9 shanty where his mother and he share a bed, cook their meals on an open fire with no chimney, the smoke filling their home until it dissipates through the door or the holes in the roof. The mud walls are covered with blackened soot and the floor is covered in ash, though you can tell it’s been swept just recently.

Teddy and his mother live alone, and are only able to live here because their home is owned by a relative who has agreed to let them stay here. The roof is corrugated tin and it has falling into such disrepair that it actually allows the only light into the room that Teddy and his mother share. Sunlight streams through, illuminating the dust in the air, and while beautiful in a photo, imagine it in the rainy season when daily downpours rain virtually unhindered onto the heads of those trying to sleep or eat or cook below. We tear off the roof and there is an indescribable amount of dust, debris and rat droppings that we are inhaling as we go. There is no health and welfare department here to ensure the safety of children in their own homes. The roof comes off, the cross beams are dismantled, nearly dust themselves after years of heat and rain and smoke have had their way with them.
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They’ve lived with this roof through too many rainy seasons

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The guys on our team, Frank, Murray, Pete, Keith and Henry work alongside two graduating students from the vocational program, to come up with a plan to support and rebuild the roof, despite the crumbling walls and cramped workspace. We were worried that the guys being on the support beams may in fact cause the walls of not only Teddy’s house to crumble, but also that of the other child headed household on the other side of the wall. We had to move cautiously and constantly reassess the situation. There are no building codes in these slums. Most of the time that the guys were working, I sat outside the pit latrine, on the only free real estate I could find, with my feet up on bricks, hovering above the stream of sewage flowing through the yard. As I sat, I tried to imagine dark nights and rainy days turning the dusty yard to mud. I tried to think of how a mother would keep her son safe and fed and dry when everything around them seemed unstable and unsafe, the very home they shared showering them and the mud walls crumbling into the already cramped space. I tried to think of how I would keep my wits about me if these were the circumstances I was handed, my life to be lived out in this cluttered alley shared by other families, no privacy even in the suffering. I watched Teddy’s mother as she watched the guys rebuild her roof. She was a solemn and serious woman and yet, her hands would touch Teddy’s back when he walked by, she would stand next to him and watch alongside him, her love for him evident in her mannerisms and body language, though her face remained stoic. Apparently there’s no room for emotions in this crowded alley. Maybe they’re a luxury that can’t be afforded to those trying to survive. I know as I watched her and Teddy, my eyes filled with tears several times but I hid them in an effort not to embarrass them or myself. 
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Keith and Frank spacing out the cross beams for adequate support

Hilo, a recent carpentry graduate is happy to be working and gaining experience. As a result of his work on this site,  we are able to write a credible reference for him to aid in his job search.

Frank learned quickly that you need to oil the nails to allow them to penetrate the hard wood poles.


Teddy pitched in to clear away some of the fallen roof from his home

With the room cleaned out and the roof off, it was still just a 9×9 mud shanty shared by Teddy and his mother.

Teddy’s mother looks on while demolition of the original roof takes place. 

In the end, the guys were able to secure the roof and also to make a place for the smoke from the cooking fire to be vented, without allowing water into the home. Teddy and his mother were incredibly grateful and she shared their gratitude with us after the construction was completed. 
A few days later, when we visited Teddy at the centre where he receives a daily meal and help with school work, he asked the program coordinator, Tillahan, to ask if he could speak to us. Standing there, with Tillahan as his translator, this small boy spoke with such eloquence and gratitude, he moved us all to tears. He told us that in the rainy season, he felt he could never sleep and that he cried each night as it rained. No one should have to live in the kind of conditions that Teddy and his mother live in. Even with the roof fixed, I asked myself if I would feel confident enough to sleep there with one of my boys and I know that I wouldn’t. Although Teddy and his mom have to live in difficult circumstances, I know that when the rains come in the next few months, they’ll know that they will think of a group of new friends who came halfway around the world to do what we could to provide them with a dry place to sleep and the knowledge that they are loved and missed and prayed for by us. 
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Congratulations Rachel!

We’re very excited to have Rachel chosen for the Top 30 Under 30 Magazine from the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation. She has provided essential leadership, problem solving skills, creativity and initiative to ensure the success of Kids Hope Ethiopia and our programs in Africa. We’re glad she’s such an integral part of the team!
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Documentary Now Available to view Online!


Recently a documentary was done about the work that Kids Hope Ethiopia and Canadian Humanitarian are doing in Africa. Originally released on Canadian Television, this documentary is now available to view online.

We hope you enjoy this documentary as much as we did!

Mobile device users please click here if the video screen does not show up below.



Canadian Humanitarian from Rick Castiglione on Vimeo.

Feel free to share this video with your friends on facebook, twitter, or wherever you like to share!

If you have any questions about the work we do, please contact Lyndon (Executive Director), or Rachel (Sponsorship Coordinator).

The Andrew Allen Expedition


Calling all humans that want to change the world!

This SPRING 2015, Andrew Allen is teaming up with Canadian Humanitarian and Kids Hope Ethiopia to bring hope, music and inspiration to some of the most impoverished and at risk youth in Ethiopia.

Donate Now so Andrew Allen and his expedition members can donate shirts and shoes to the children his is visiting!

#MUSICWITHOUTBOUNDARIES

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September 2014 Newsletter

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It’s hard to believe the summer is already over, and all our students are back to school for another year. To celebrate the start of another year, we are holding #backtoschoolstunts – an end of summer fundraiser! Check out the stunts we’ve already done, and donate to see us do more!

This year, we have added the Lira, Uganda Education Center to our growing numbers. It is exciting to reach into new areas and give these students an opportunity to reach their potential, and hope for their future.

But we can’t do it alone! We need your help to fill up the future for our students.

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Our Canadian Chapters have been busy this summer as well – getting ready for their annual events!

Okanagan Valley – Test of Humanity, Sept 21st
Calgary – Hope For Tomorrow, Nov 5th
Medicine Hat – Beyond Belief, Nov 19th

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We have had some amazing volunteers travel with us to Ethiopia and Uganda this year. Our Global Youth Citizen expedition was a wonderful experience for our students in Ethiopia, and the young adults who traveled together.

Expedition volunteers can now travel to one, two or all three of the countries we work in: Ethiopia, Uganda, and Malawi. For more information, or to start an application, contact Deb.

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This summer was full of activity and fun! We had young adults involved in our Global Youth Expedition, recieved profiles on the 50 children who are joining our program in Lira, Uganda this fall, and are still having a whole lot of fun with our #backtoschoolstunts fundraiser!

Check out our favourite blog posts from the past couple months:

Global Youth Expedition
Office Happenings
Fill it Up
Heart Wrenching – A Volunteer’s Experience

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Fill a future in Uganda

Education is more than what you learn at school. Our new education support center will have extra-curricular programs for the students – music clubs, drama, reading, soccer, poetry, art, and whatever else the students are interested in. Fill their future with all the things they hope for.
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Fill a Home in Uganda

The Education Support Center isn’t just for the children – it’s for their whole family at home. Support education and information programs for the student’s guardians, such as entrepreneurial skills, hygiene, and money management sessions, to help improve every aspect of a child’s life.  Fill their home with hope, and a better future.
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Packing up again!

Our Global Youth Expedition leaves for Ethiopia tomorrow and we have been busy, and even busier getting ready to leave! Thanks a ton to our Global Youth Citizen Award Winner Cherilyn, who dropped by and helped us sort out all the soaps and toothpastes and shampoos.

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Games and craft supplies – we are going to have so much fun with the students at our Education Support Centers!

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School supplies, crafts – everything we need!

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All packed up and tidy – and weighed in advance!


And thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! to everyone who donated for our hygiene kits! We have received donations from many of our volunteers in several different cities, and we appreciate how hard you work to organize everything.

Fill a library in Uganda

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Our new Education Support Center in Lira is starting to fill up with supplies and needed items for the students.  Help us put books in their library – let’s fill it up!  $40 will add about 10 books to their collection, so help the library shelves fill up!

Fill it up – Uganda!

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We are working hard to get everything we need for the new center in Lira – see how you can help with backpacks, tuition, tables, school supplies, books, and food.

There are still a lot of items to fill – so share with your friends, and help us keep 50 children in school in Lira!

Scholarship Student Update: Senayet

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Senayet joined our program in Kirkos at the age of 10, and did very well in her classes. She was accepted to a 3 year nursing program after graduating from high school in Addis Ababa.

Through our Scholarship Program, Senayet was supported as she attended her university classes. Wanting to do more, she also got a part time job, and started saving any extra money that she earned. Over the 3 years, Senayet was able to save enough money to send herself to one extra year of university so that she could get a 4 year degree and have an even better education.

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Senayet joined an expedition group’s medical team and was able to help with clinics in rural Ethiopia, working alongside North American medical professionals. Here, she is getting some practice in taking blood pressure under the supervision of an expedition volunteer who is a trained nurse. Another scholarship student, Eyerusalem, watches.


Congratulations on entering your final year of university Senayet! We are proud of all the hard work you have put into your education.

Fill a Backpack in Uganda

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Our Lira, Uganda Education Support Center is getting prepared for 50 new students in the fall.

Help us fill a backpack for every child with a school uniform, shoes, a hygiene kit, and of course the backpack itself. $150 goes a long way in Lira.

June Newsletter


Dan Alger and Lyndon Grunewald (Executive Director of Canadian Humanitarian and Kids Hope Ethiopia) visited the Foresight Fathers and Students in Kersa and Turge in February.   Check out a few of their favourite pictures from the trip!

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With Kids Hope Ethiopia expanding and opening new programs, we are excited to announce that our expeditions are changing!
Expedition volunteers can now travel to one, two or all three of the countries we work in: Ethiopia, Uganda, and Malawi.  For more information, or to start an application, contact Deb.

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Another exciting announcement is that this fall, a new education support center will be opening in Lira, Uganda.
Help us fill up the center! We need books, school supplies, tuition, uniformssponsorships, and food.

Donate today to stock the new education support center and give children the tools they need to reach their potential!

Highlights From This Quarter

We are having an amazing year so far with two expeditions to Ethiopia, and summertime on its way.  Check out our favourite blog posts from the past couple months:

Guest Blog Post by Shelley Van B (expedition volunteer) 
Global Youth Citizen Award 
22 Children in 22 Days 
Making a Difference 
Scholarship Update: Eyerusalem 

Come find us on facebook, twitter, and linkedin.

Our Expeditions are Changing!

 

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With the exciting news of a new education support center in Lira, Uganda; and a new program opening up in Malawi, we are excited to start traveling to these countries as part of our expeditions.  The first expedition to include all three countries is going in October 2014.  Applications for this, and for next years expeditions, are now open!

We are expressly seeking volunteers who have training in all fields of expertise for Medical Health Care, Social Work, Child Development, Construction and Education. Each expedition is open to anyone wishing to volunteer, but these areas are of a particularly high need.

If you feel you are someone who would be willing to volunteer, despite challenging work environments, Kids Hope Ethiopia needs your help.  Contact Deb to find out how you can travel to Africa as a volunteer!

Fill a Desk in Uganda

desk.khe We are opening a new Education Support Center in Lira, Uganda this fall, and we are thrilled!  There will be 50 children in the program, who will receive a hot meal a day, after-school tutoring, and tuition support, as well as much more. Help us get their Support Center filled and ready for them by filling up a desk – with notebooks, pencils, geometry sets, paper, and any other school supplies they need.  Each set of supplies only costs $60 – so share with your friends and help us fill all 50 desks with supplies for the students!

Making A Difference

We have the opportunity to do a few home visits with our students when with an expedition group. Home visits allow us to meet guardians and to thank them for the support and love they daily give their child or foster child. It is an acknowledgement of their hard work and a way for us to show our gratitude for what they do.

During a home visit a few months ago, our group (Lyndon, Nikki, and I) met a wonderful family in the Kirkos area of Addis. The mother is a market vendor. She has 3 children; an older teenage girl, a mid-teen boy ( in our program) and a younger boy. The family recently moved into their small mud and stick home, offered by local government authorities. This new home got them off Addis streets, and into a space of their own.

However, the home was in deteriorating condition and the front door did not lock. The family had managed to stave off intruders, but there were safety concerns for the daughter. During our February visit, we were concerned for the welfare of this family, and moved by their stories. Our volunteer group tried to get improvements in motion, but due to the home being government property, petitions for improvements had to pass through local government channels before repairs could be made to the home.

Once back in Canada, I thought of this family regularly. I believe that no one should have to live in fear in their own home. Everyone should be able to have a safe place to sleep. We know that this can be a challenge even in our country. The family’s safety, particularly the daughter, weighed on my mind.

With the May Expedition Group, I had the opportunity to meet with Kirkos Education Center staff. They assured me we would do home visits again, and they promised that I would be impressed with the changes for this particular family. On our last day with the children in this program, home visits were scheduled. I was anxious to see this family.

As we came around the street corner, I knew I was in a familiar area, but I never would have recognized the home on my own. The outside structure had been reinforced. There were no longer holes in the walls. A window had been added to the front of the home to allow for more light. A new door had been installed and the lock was functioning. The interior of the home was restructured, with new concrete floor. A proper bedroom had been added, and the roof replaced, so that it no longer leaked.

The family was so grateful for what had been down with their home. As we visited, I asked the daughter how she was feeling. She told me that she felt safe, that she could sleep soundly at night again. Her brother in our program was also able to significantly increase his school performance. I cried many tears of happiness that day. I was grateful to our project managers and partners, who recognized the family’s need and pushed for approval from the government to renovate the house. I was impressed that they acted quickly, engaging both the family and their neighbours to volunteer their time to get the house renovated. What a difference this is making to our student, and the family!

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Creating Global Youth

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We are excited to start a new opportunity this year – our first annual award from MNP for the Global Youth Citizen Award. This award is open to high school students, who can apply to our office to be eligible. The winner receives a trip with Kids Hope Ethiopia during our summer Global Youth Expedition in July.

The Global Youth Expedition is a special opportunity for young adults aged 16-25 to travel together and work with the students in our Education Support Centers in Africa.

One purpose of the 2014 Global Youth Expedition is an exchange between North American Culture and Ethiopian Culture. The students in our Education Support Centers will be excited to learn about North America, and our Student Volunteers will each be giving small presentations about their lives in North America, their family, heritage, and the city they are from.

Other special activities we have planned this year are community service projects organized by the students and program managers in Ethiopia, a Soccer Tournament Day, Scavenger Hunt, Field trips, and a small Theatre or Skit day.

Congratulations to Cherilyn for winning the Global Youth Citizen Award this year – we look forward to having her with us in July with a great group of youth who are making a difference!

If you have any questions about expeditions, or about the award, please contact our office.

22 Children in 22 Days: Thank you!

During the last 22 days in May, we were able to sponsor 15 of the children in our programs in Ethiopia who still needed sponsorship. Thank you to all those who shared our goal with their friends, and who sponsored children – we couldn’t run our programs without you!

There are still children who are in need of sponsors in Ethiopia, and we are opening a new program in Uganda this fall – so keep sharing! With your help, we could have 100% of our students sponsored.

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Again, thank you!

fill it up – uganda

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A new Education Support Center and Program will be opening in Lira, Uganda this fall. We couldn’t be more excited! 50 children in Lira will be enrolled in the center, and will have the opportunity to stay in school, receive educational support that they need, as well as medical support, a hot meal every day, and extra tutorial help with their school work.

We want to fill up the Education Center with everything it needs: books, backpacks, hygiene kits, school uniforms, tables, desks, pay their tuition fees, and provide food for the hot meal program. You can donate one item for one child, or as many of each as you would like! You can also make a general donation towards the new center at any amount.

Help us Fill it Up in Uganda, and get our Lira Education Support Center off to a full start!

22 children in 22 days: 10 children sponsorsed!

We have now sponsored 10 of the children out of the 22 that still needed sponsorship at the beginning of May. We have 2 days left in the month, and 12 more children in Ethiopia who need sponsors.

Thank you to all our new sponsors and to everyone who has shared our goal with your friends. Keep sharing! We are almost there!

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Birthday Party at Kality

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At the Love and Hope Center in Kality, Ethiopia the education support center staff has introduced a whole new kind of party to the children – a group birthday party.

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There are 70 children in the Kality education support program – and that’s a lot of birthdays! So every 3 months, the center gets together and celebrates all the birthdays that have happened since the last party. The children who have had those birthdays get to sit up at the head table, and everyone gets cake.

Happy Birthday Everyone!

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Scholarship Student Update: Demetrios

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Demetrios joined our program in 2007 when he was 12 years old and in grade 6. He is now studying Computer Science at University and is doing excellent in school.

During the February Expedition one of our volunteers presented him with his very own laptop during the Manji-Burghardt Scholarship Night. This laptop will be a great help throughout the rest of his education, and once he begins his career. We look forward to hear all about his successes in the near future.


Scholarship Student Update: Teddy

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Teddy came to our Education Support Center in 2009.

He loves to participate in sporting activities and is very athletic and outgoing. The younger children consider him a role model and a leader. He has a smile that lights up a room!

Teddy is in the process of becoming an entrepreneur and beginning his own business doing shoe repair. He already has his business model, investor, and the government has donated a section of land where he has built a little building. He is very egger to get started, and we can’t wait to hear all about it. We know he will be extremely successful!


Scholarship Student Update: Tamrat

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Tamrat is one of our students who entered the Education Support Program in 2008.

When he first entered the program his favorite things to do were going to the library to study, and playing Football (soccer) with his friends. He also told us that his ultimate goal when he finished school was to become a businessman and take care of his mother.

Today, his hard work and dedication is paying off. Tamrat is currently at University in the Tourism Degree Program. He has an outstanding GPA of 4.0. 

During our February Expedition, Tamrat was the recipient of the Manji-Burghardt Scholarship Award. He is well on his way to becoming the businessman he once thought was only a dream.

 

Global Youth Citizen Award

We are excited to announce that the Global Youth Citizen Award for 2014 has been awarded by MNP to a high school student in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Cherilyn Pepper has been given this award, and will be joining our Global Youth Expedition in July.

Kids Hope Ethiopia Executive Director Lyndon Grunewald, Global Youth Citizen Award Winner Cherilyn Pepper, and MNP Partner Matthew May.

Congratulations Cherilyn!

Scholarship Student Update: Eyerusalem

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Eyerusalem joined one of our Education Suport Centers in 2009.

She is an extremely bright young woman and is currently attending University to become a Health Officer. She has an impressive GPA of 3.7. Eyerusalem is looking forward to the completion of her degree and what the future has to hold.

When we have a group of medical expedition volunteers she enjoys coming to the Education Support Centers to help take medicals on all the currently enrolled students.

During our February expedition she was the female recipient of the Manji-Burghardt Scholarship Award. She is an extremely hardworking individual and is very deserving of this award. We look forward to hearing about all her successes in the near future.


Donations, donations, donations!

We had so many donations for the May Expedition Volunteers to take into Ethiopia this past week. Our office was full!

By the time we had finished packing we had 9 hockey bags that weighed 50 pounds each. It was absolutely incredible. There were tons of school supplies, and art supplies that will be taken to all seven of our Education Centers. There was also diapers, baby clothes, and blankets that will be donated to a local orphanage in Ethiopia.

Thank you to everyone who donated, we couldn’t do half the things in our Education Centers if it wasn’t for all the wonderful people who donate to this cause.

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Stay tuned for pictures of the children receiving all the supplies.

Newsletter: April 2014

February Expedition
20 Volunteers traveled to Ethiopia with our February 2014 Expedition Group. Because the group had a wide range of skills, we were able to offer medical care, renovate and paint two education centers and much more! Read about our adventures by Heather, and Colleen on our blog.

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January 2014 marked a new Chapter’s birth for Canadian Humanitarian, Kids Hope Ethiopia’s sister organization in Canada.

We are delighted to announce the formation of a new fundraising Chapter, with an enthusiastic group of volunteers, in Lethbridge, Alberta .

If you would like to begin a chapter in your area contact us.
Child Sponsors Needed

Our Child Sponsorship Program is growing!

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Help us sponsor 22 children in Ethiopia in 22 days. Please share to help us reach our goal.

Canadian Humanitarian is also pleased to announce our new programs in Uganda and Malawi. We are very excited to offer Canadian Humanitarian’s unique afterschool program in these countries. Help us sponsor 100 new children by September in time for their new school year!


The Film Crew

This group was honoured to have with us a filming crew to record some of our activities and document what Canadian Humanitarian does.  It is our hope that the finished product will be on TV at some time in the spring in 2014. When we hear firm dates, we will be sure to let you know.

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We so enjoyed having Rick and Kevin as part of our group. When they were not filming, they pitched in to help wherever they could!

Eyerus and Senait

We had the honor of bringing two of our students who are studying medicine (one in nursing college, the other studying to be a health officer) to join us for these three days to learn alongside Dr. Northcott, and to work together as a practicum experience.

They did intake medicals, Susan taught them how to take blood pressure, and learned the technique of medical examination these past two days. As Eyerus said in our discussion at suppertime – “It was a perfect day”.

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One of the neatest things about this trip is to be working alongside some of the kids we took into the program years ago, now working with us to provide services to the new kids. As we watch the first generation of graduates enter into the workforce and into professional schools, we feel that all the effort has been worth while. These children have permanently broken the cycle of poverty. I asked Eyrusalem, who is in Health Officer training, what would have happened to her if this program had not been there. Would she be in Health Officer training? “Oh no,” she said, “I would be working as a cleaner or a server.” Imagine the tragedy of having this bright mind working as a cleaner, never able to reach her potential! It is good to be here.

Dr. Northcott