8/25/16

The  orphanage is now home to 17 children; 5 girls, 12 boys. The age range is 6-17 currently. The youngest girl, Helen, is making progress in language development. Her social growth is amazing. Idris, age 17, is now in private school. He is adapting to the new learning environment. Fatuma, is first in her class. Amiro is second. Bethlehem, the newest child, is third. Suleiman continues to be a wonderful advocate and role model for the children. He is a major local financial supporter and enjoys taking the children on excursions. Damon and Heidi Ramigalo continue to support the orphanage in many ways. Most recently, they purchased clothing for the children. Their compassion and involvement is an enormous influence in the lives of the kids.

 

8/9/14

Census is 15; 5 girls and 10 boys. Overall, the children performed well in their academics, and those who were struggling showed significant improvement. School resumes in September.

All fifteen children have sponsors. The orphanage will accept additional younger children if they become available. Child Protective Services has suggested placing older children but that can be problematic. It has proven best to receive young children.

Board members contributed to sending a box of supplies, games, undergarments to the orphanage.

After researching the expense of purchasing and operating a generator, it seems solar panels may be more cost-effective over time but is out of our price range at this time. Dr. Barre is purchasing a generator to send in this year’s shipment.

 

5/10/14

Current census is 15 children; 14 in school, 1 in preparation for next school year. Students are doing well in school.

License has been renewed locally. Nutritionally stable meals are increasingly costly. Milk is quite expensive and not readily available. Powdered milk is used as a substitute. We are exploring the acquisition of two cows to provide milk for the children. The orphanage remains in need of a bus or van for transporting the kids. The purchase of generators has been delayed until shipping can be combined with another bulk shipment from US to Ethiopia.

 

November 2013

A 10 year old girl, Hiwot, has joined the orphanage. She was placed there by CPS. Hiwot is settling in wonderfully.
The orphanage is in the process of renewing its operating license. The local school is lacking teachers. A volunteer from Australia is planning to visit and work at the orphanage. Food is beginning to spoil because of frequent extended power outages. A generator or inverter would be a great asset. Also, the orphanage has no means of transportation for the children. A small bus would be very helpful.

 

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April 2013 –

Presently the orphanage is home to 15 children, ages 4-15. The youngest two are home schooled in preparation of public school. Of the 13 attending public school, at least six are among the top three in their classes. All of the children are having great success in their studies. Bilal Hospital has offered to provide funding to send some of the top students to the local private school in the future. All of the children are well-adjusted, in good health and enjoy the family atmosphere in which they live.

Staff turnover remains the greatest challenge for the center. Chickens being raised on site provide an additional food source for the children.

Volunteers provide integral socialization for the children. We have one U.S. family living in the area who remains actively involved with the orphanage and taking the kids on outings. U.S. Soldiers stationed nearby visit weekly, usually bearing small gifts of clothes, shoes, or toys. They enjoy soccer games and active play.

Currently sponsorships from donors in the U.S. are matched by donors in Ethiopia allowing the orphanage to operate within budget.

 

October 26, 2012

Today was a national holiday because of  Eid and we had a big lunch and a festive day with the kids.
About a month a go one of the girls  had to leave us to be with her older siblings. We were sad she left but also happy for her to be among her other blood relatives. We have a new 5 years old girl who joined us 3 days ago and doing very well already. One parent is deceased and the remaining parent is hospitalized. The child protective agency asked if we could help out this little one and we were happy to welcome her.
The American Solders are stopping by and checking on us every now and then and found out our DVD player was not working so they took it for repair but came back with a new one. One of the Sargent who just left Dire Dawa also left the kids her old laptop. They also brought some slightly used clothes, which was perfect for the holiday. Thanks to our solders we now have a basket ball hoop too.
The kids  in general are looking very healthy and working hard in there school work. To prepare them we hired a tutor who is also a teacher at their school. They are learning and a rapid pace and should soon be in classes with kids of similar ages.