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!

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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! 

Shirts and Shoes

The expedition team that traveled with Andrew Allen has just returned home from Ethiopia. They had a wonderful time!
One of the main goals of the team was to raise enough money to buy a new shirt and pair of shoes for each student in the programs they worked with. And thanks to their supporters and generous donations, they were able to do just that!
The kids love their new shirts and shoes.
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Thank you to everyone who donated and made this possible!  
And thank you to Meagan, Shasta, Elizabeth, and Andrew for making it happen.

Order your own JamBerry Nails – KHE and H4H Wraps!

We’re super excited for these custom-made Kids Hope Ethiopia blue and white nail wraps and also the blast of color to support our Hues for Humanity color runs! What a great way to support our cause and look FABULOUS in the process!  Thanks to Hawna Curliss for designing, selling and donating 100% of her commissions to support our programs in Africa!
 
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Each sheet includes enough for 2 manicures and 2 pedicures

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To order these nail wraps: 
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  Costs: 
Each sheet of Jamberry nails = $25 USD 
Commission earned by Hawna and donated to Kids Hope Ethiopia = 30% 

 

The Gindo Center gets New Paint

In Gindo we painted two classrooms and the dining hall. We asked if they had a ladder– so they went out and made one from trees. When we took it into the room, it was 3 feet too long to use- so they took it outside, sawed off the bottom 3 feet, and then gave it back to us It was quite unsteady so required someone to hold onto the bottom when in use but it did the job! 2015.03.gindo1 2015.03.gindo2 We first did all the upper part of the room in white, then the second day all the lower parts in Green.
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Dining hall completed and hand made ladder on the floor.

Dining hall completed and hand made ladder on the floor.

The center looks good as new again, and we felt accomplished after two days hard work. -Deborah Northcott, Expedition Team Leader

Happy Birthday at Kality

A couple of the expedition volunteers and I got to participate in another birthday celebration at Kality. What a lot of fun this is! The kids who had had birthdays in the last 3 months get to sit at a head table, and have a special program of dance and poems, then they get to blow out the candles and cut the cake! You can just see how special they feel as they are honoured .. for all the kids, they have never celebrated birthdays ever until the center did this for them. VERY special– lots of cake, pop, and cookies consumed! 2015.03.birthday1 2015.03.birthday2 2015.03.birthday4 -Deborah Northcott, Expedition Team Leader

The Second Roof

This was the second roof that we replaced. The father and mother are quite aged, and their youngest son is in the program Father has been diagnosed with late stage bowel cancer, so will not be with us long. We put a clear fiberglass piece in the roof, so the family would have warmth and sunshine in their little one room home. The mother was thrilled! 2015.03.secondhouse2 2015.03.secondhouse1 These are the new rafters being placed for strength with metal sheeting. 2015.03.secondhouse3 2015.03.secondhouse4 The student’s mother and father stopped us to say thank you when we were done construction. They are very happy with their new roof! -Deborah Northcott, Expedition Team Leader

Puppets in the Theatre!

One of our expedition volunteers traveled on this trip with her daughter. Together, they led a program at each center that the kids loved! Each center got a puppet theatre, and puppets to make up stories with. 2015.03.puppets1 2015.03.puppets2 They each built their own out of socks as well This was a LOT of fun too!   2015.03.puppets3 -Deborah Northcott, Expedition Team Leader

Construction Project in Addis: A New Roof

Close to the beginning of our trip, our group took on a real construction challenge- replacing a corrugated metal roof! The home was that of one of our students and his mother. The roof was no longer sheltering their little one room of 4Ft X 6 Ft Looked like this! 2015.03.firstroof1 We had two graduated wood working students from our SSCM Vocational Training Center along to help us with this task. The home was in the middle of a set of 4 one room homes… so they all shared a roof. The crew began the slow process of tearing everything down BUT not disturbing the others. 2015.03.firstroof2 There was lots of dust in the air from soot and from the construction. 2015.03.firstroof3 Once the roof was off, the crew had to replace the rotten frame boards, so that the new roof has a solid foundation to be nailed to. The only thing that could hold them up were the walls… so this was a precarious position to cross over! 2015.03.firstroof4 Slowly the new metal roofing was put under the neighbours, and extended to cover our family’s home! 2015.03.firstroof5 This was the job all done – the look from the inside! The open edge was very important, as they had their open fire cooking area within the room,.. so the smoke can ventilate out this edge. 2015.03.firstroof6 When we were finished, we all came together for a small farewell. We introduced the whole team from Canada, and the family had a chance to thank the group for their help. A really special moment! 2015.03.firstroof7   -Deborah Northcott, Expedition Team Leader

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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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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Program Update: Kality

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Students in our Kality Program, run at the VCS Love and Hope Center, have been the recipients of many visitors in the first half of 2014. We had twenty (20) volunteers in February and another group of five (5) volunteers in May. Each group brought special life skills, and spent time playing, visiting student homes, and getting to know these students better.

health headline Several nurses took time to discuss and teach about infectious diseases, how they spread, and the role of immunization to prevent infection. The kids were very interested in hearing the story of the first vaccine developed by Mr. Louis Pasteur for Rabies, and about immunization programs that now exist to help prevent more diseases.

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birthday headline The students at Kality get to celebrate student’s birthdays every 3 months. The March celebration was particularly festive, with dancing, recitations, and LOTS of cake and treats. It was charming to see the students help each other spread cake frosting on their noses and foreheads, traditionally a birthday celebration activity.

art headline The May group helped the students to make special gift flowers out of tissue paper, to give to someone in their life who is a Mother-figure to them. The students loved this special activity. For many, a staff member of their education center was their Mother-figure.
The children also wrote a small note to their mother and made little 3 dimensional pictures to finish their gift.

kality home visit headline Each expedition group takes some time to visit the student’s families. This honors them, and acknowledges their important role in supporting the student in their efforts to attend school fulltime and the Education Center after school.
While home visits can be emotionally challenging for our volunteers, they always report back to us that it is also one of the highlights of their volunteer experience. All student families report to Kids Hope Ethiopia that they LOVE having volunteers visit them personally. We have had the chance to visit several families of the students in the Kality Program so far this year.

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If you would like to sponsor a child, contact Rachel.
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Global Youth Expedition: Fun and Games at Kirkos!

We spent our last day at Kirkos Center enjoying the program that the students had put together for us, and playing games together.
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Kirkos Center has a wonderful student dance troupe. They have won city-wide competitions for traditional dance. We were treated to several different cultural dances from them, and it was awesome!
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Kirkos also has a very active Drama Club, and this trip they entertained us with several different miming skits. This one was about a burglar – which explains the makeup!kirkos.05
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Egg races! Our Global Youth team didn’t last very long – the students at Kirkos are really good at this!
This was our final day working at the Kirkos Center – playing games and dancing with the students was the perfect way to end our visit there. Thank you Kirkos!

Program Update: Gindo

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Students at our Gindo Center have been the recipients of many visitors in the first half of 2014. We had twenty (20) volunteers in February and others as they have been able to travel the roads during rainy season. Each group brought special life skills, and spent time playing, visiting student homes, getting to know these students better.

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methanex headline In the fall of 2013, Methanex sponsored a Global Awareness challenge with a high school in Medicine Hat. Challenging the students to come up with a solution to a need in Gindo that could be helped with a budget of $1000. The outcome of this challenge was a solar powered light project, that is now providing light to 10 families in the Gindo area. The students had a fun time in February creating thank you banners for both Methanex and the participating students.

Gindo art headline The May group helped the students to make special gift flowers out of tissue paper, to give to someone in their life who is a Mother-figure to them. The students loved this special activity. For many, a staff member of their education center was their Mother figure. The children also wrote a small note to their mother and made little 3 dimensional pictures to finish their gift. These gifts were beautiful, and the students were excited to make them.

Gindo home visit headline Each expedition group takes some time to visit the student’s families. This honors them, and acknowledges their important role in supporting the student in their efforts to attend school fulltime, and to attend the Education Center after school. Throughout the past 6 months, we have visited several of the families of students in the Gindo Center.

If you would like to sponsor a child, contact Rachel.

See this update as a newsletter.

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!

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.

Looking for Adventure

When I signed up to travel with Kids Hope Ethiopia (known as Canadian Humanitarian in Canada) I knew I was headed out for an adventure and boy did I get one…Ethiopia was amazing!

I have traveled many places and I can now strongly say that I have met the happiest and kindest people on this planet, they will give even when they have nothing to give! I was in awe with the time and passion they put into everything they do. We were honored with Coffee ceremonies almost everywhere we went and the time and effort put into them is humbling, and for us …I felt like royalty!

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And my heart…well I don’t know how to explain it, but it felt like it was going to explode with love. I never expected the deep emotional connection to the children but the way they look at you, greet you, touch your hair, and just hold on to you for hours, so tender and with so much love, the pain behind their smiles as they struggle to carry on. They are so thankful to be a part of the Canadian Humanitarian Family and so am I. It feels like it’s what glues them to their future.

The credibility of this organization is real, I felt like I was part of a family from the very beginning, starting from Heather Woodward (Program Development Coordinator, and Expedition Team Leader) meeting us at the airport, to our wonderful drivers that treated us like sisters, to the passionate staff at the centres. Overall it was an amazing experience and I will share with all the great work this organization is doing for these children and families.

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Thank You,

Anita Robinson
Volunteer May 2014 Expedition

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!

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!

The motivation for our work

When I arrived back in Ethiopia this trip (my second this year), it felt as though I had barely been gone. Things were much more familiar to me and it is beginning to feel like home while I am there. We had four volunteers on this expedition plus myself as the team leader; as a small group we were able to work closely together.

We were able to accomplish a number of educational and interesting sessions on this trip. We worked with the staff, with the children in the education centres, and with the students at the vocational training centre. For me this trip allowed me to build better relationships with our staff and with our students. I was able to build good friendships with our volunteers, all of whom I look forward to working with again in the future.

This trip I was able to interact with the children at each of the centres in Addis very closely. We spent a few days with each centre and this gave me the opportunity to get to know a number of the children, their names and their situations. These children are why we do what we do. They are the reason that we work hard at fundraising. They are the reason that we talk about our jobs and our work to everyone we know. When you get the opportunity to spend time with these children and to meet their families, you realize the effect that these programs have on the lives of these children and their families. The children in the photos below are just a few of the ones that are expanding my capacity to love and to work hard at what I do, in the hopes that they will have an advantage in life in spite of anything else that may happen in their lives.

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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.

Global Youth Expedition

We are getting excited for our Global Youth Citizen Expedition in July this year!  Already a great group of high school students have joined the expedition and are eagerly fundraising for the trip.

Eric, Kayzia and Rachel are all fundraising for the trip.  Help them out!

We are still accepting applications for this expedition – so if you are interested, send Deb an email! You have until June 6th to register for the trip.

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My first expedition with Kids Hope Ethiopia

Writing a single blog post to summarize a month long journey is nearly impossible. I am new to Kids Hope Ethiopia; I had been working in the head office for 3 ½ months when I left for the February expedition. Ethiopia was new for me, however world travel and Africa were not. I love experiencing new cultures and scenery. Ethiopia is beautiful. It took very little time for me to fall in love with this new country and its people.

I was with the expedition group for a week. I met some wonderful people in this group of volunteers. We worked together, traveled together, and shared illness together. As an employee I am grateful to those volunteers who give of themselves to come with us, work to make things better and engage with the children that we work with. As a person I am grateful to know other people who strive to make this world a better place and to help those not born into the resources we have here in North America.

One of the most memorable days in Ethiopia for me was our last Sunday there. In the afternoon we split into groups to do home visits with a number of the children and their families. Our group saw three families. The living condition of all of these families was not what we are accustomed to in North America. However, the homes were kept clean and tidy and the families welcomed us with warmth. The hope I saw in a mother’s eye as she told us of her gratitude for our programs and the chance that one of her children would now be able to succeed touched me greatly.

Our last visit of the day was very difficult; a small family was living in a tiny place for which they were grateful because it had gotten them off of the streets. However the place was falling apart and the lock on the door didn’t work. The most angering situation because of this was the fact that men had broken into their house and tried to harm the oldest daughter, fortunately neighbours came to their rescue and the tragedy was lessened. This teenage girl lives and sleeps in fear; her younger brother now sleeps on the floor between the door and the bed as an added layer of protection. The bureaucracy of it all is infuriating. The very first step should be to put a lock on the door that works, but to do that you have to go through the local government to get approval for “house improvements”, which can take weeks. I am grateful for staff over there that can check up on this family and follow up with the government so that we can make this a safer place for this family.

Travelling overseas can be mentally and physically exhausting, especially doing humanitarian work where the days tend to be long and active; but each time I have gone I have received more than I have given. Not in the sense of material things, but my life view has been opened and my mind and heart filled by the wonderful people I have met.

The work we are doing over there is incredible, if you think you can give something then please do. If you want to travel, we have multiple expeditions each year. If you have an extra $35 a month, we have children who need sponsors. There are many ways to get involved ask us for ideas and we will share them with you.

Heather Woodward, Program Development Coordinator

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.

Gindo Lethbridge Chapter
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!