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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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.
The classroom with white part done first day!

The classroom with white part done first day!

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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

Games at Kirkos

At the Kirkos center we had two days of fun! The first day we did North American dancing and Ethiopian dancing – the second day we had a carnival which included an UNO tournament, face painting ( although some wanted it on their arms), a craft table, a puzzle table… The kids LOVED this! 2015.03.kirkos1 2015.03.kirkos5 2015.03.kirkos4 2015.03.kirkos2 2015.03.kirkos3 -Deborah Northcott, Expedition Team Leader

A Kitchen for Kality

At the Kality project- the guys built a structure to give shade to the children, replaced many of the taps on the water center, and helped construct a smokeless oven in their new outdoor kitchen! Lots of fun! 2015.03.kitchen1 2015.03.kitchen2 This now captures the smoke and takes it out a chimney so the women can cook the hot meals for the children without being faced with a smoke filled room. AWESOME job! 2015.03.kitchen4 -Deborah Northcott, Expedition Team Leader

A Fun Day at Kirkos

Our Fall Expedition Team has been in Ethiopia for over a week now, and it looks like they are having a wonderful trip!

2014.11.Kirkos30khe The team spent a few days with the students at the Kirkos Education Support Center, and were treated to presentations from the students, and from the dance club.

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Then they taught the students how to use magnifying glasses. None of the students had ever seen one before, but they quickly found out you could burn your name into a piece of paper if you maneuvered it just right!

2014.11.Kirkos32khe Each of the students received a hygiene kit as a gift from the expedition team. Thank you to everyone who donated hygiene items for making this gift possible!

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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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