Tuesday, September 21, 2010

How a Bottle Cap can Change Lives!!!

In less than 2 months, I will be in Ethiopia with a team of 16 people, to spend time with the kids at Kind Hearts and Trees of Glory care-points.  152 orphaned children that I met last year for the first time, and who are eagerly awaiting our arrival.  A few days ago, I posted here about the construction projects that part of our team will be working on while we are there.

One of our sponsor families, The Davidsons, has created these super-cute bottle cap necklaces and will be donating ALL proceeds for sales of the bottle cap necklaces to the construction projects.  I have posted about Samantha before (click here) because she is a what I call a "starfish thrower".  A person who makes a difference in the life of ONE, and ends up changing the lives of many.  She is only 11 years old, and with her bottle cap necklaces she has provided shoes for over 100 orphans who have never owned a pair of shoes!  Now she is donating ALL of the proceed from any bottle-cap necklace purchase (between now and November 13) so that we can purchase construction supplies and materials and get a roof and a fresh coat of paint on classrooms for these kids!

Would you consider purchasing a bottle cap necklace for yourself, your friends and your family to support the kids at the care-points?  (Go to Samantha's blog and purchase securely using PayPal.)  http://www.littlegoody2-shoes.blogspot.com/
Would you help us spread the word? 

And even after you have purchased a bottle cap necklace, would you consider making a donation directly to the Construction Fund? 

Go to http://www.hopechest.org/

Click on "GIVE"

Enter your donation amount and then clearly specify in the notes "ET101101T - PROJECTS".

There are 4 members of our travel team that will be spending their time in Ethiopia working on construction projects at the care-points. Everything from painting classrooms, building classroom benches, repairing roofs and windows, creating an irrigation dam for a vegetable garden, replacing locks on doors, etc. For the kids at Trees of Glory, our construction crew will be helping to turn a raw cement-block building into a bright and cheerful classroom!!

We need to raise $3,500+ in order to purchase constuction supplies and materials for these projects. Our construction crew will travel with the entire team out to the care-point and will then "rough it" for 3-4 days, living at the care-point with no running water and no electricity, so they can work on these construction projects. The rest of the travel team will return to Addis Ababa each night.

Your financial help is critical for these projects. We need to purchase the construction materials before we arrive so that our construction team can spend the entire 3-4 days working! If you have been interested in helping the kids at Kind Hearts and Trees of Glory care-points, please make a donation to this project - and help us spread the word to your friends, family, co-workers and church family.

Email me at kjwistrom@yahoo.com if you make a donation so I can track our progress.  Be sure to specify account code "ET101101T-PROJECTS" so that the funds get allocated correctly.

THANK YOU on behalf of the kids at Kind Heart and Trees of Glory!! I will be blogging and photographing our experiences in Ethiopia so that you can see first-hand the life-changing impact you are having for these kids.

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