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!
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.
Volunteer May 2014 Expedition
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!
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.
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, uniforms, sponsorships, 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
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