Monday, May 2, 2011

ONE VERY BIG STEP CLOSER TO FRESH WATER!!

Mother's Day is this Sunday and for many moms around the country, they will be receiving a special Mother's Day card that was hand-made by Alisa Martin, and provides funding for a well-project at Trees of Glory care-point in Ethiopia. 

Above:  Alisa's sons, Judah and Micah, are pictured with a stack
of Mother's Day cards that were being mailed today!


Together, YOU have donated $2,860 with the purchase of a card for your mom (or grandma, mother-in-law, aunt or sister).  The cards were mailed today - and on behalf of the 100 children attending Trees of Glory, and the entire staff at the care-point, we say THANK YOU! 

This brings us one very big step closer to being able to drill a well on the property!

Trees of Glory is located 2 hours north of Addis, in the beautiful rolling hills of the Ethiopian countryside. 100 orphaned and destitute children come to this care-point every day for nutritious meals, medical care, safety and a Christian education.

Presently, the staff at the care-point walks to the nearest spigot to collect clean water and they carry large yellow jugs of water back to the care-point on the backs of donkeys.



A very labor intensive process to provide clean drinking water along with water to wash before meals and after the toilet. Can you imagine caring for 100 children without running water???



About a decade ago, there was a well on this property but when the previous occupants left the site, the well was filled-in and vandalized. Children's HopeChest is currently getting bids from several organizations to re-drill the well - and to fix the pipework and plumbing that runs from the well to the buildings. It's very unusual to have working showers, toilets, sinks and faucets - but amazingly the Trees of Glory property used to have plumbing to their buildings.

The pipework needs to be fixed and the plumbing fixtures need to be repaired and renovated. A cistern needs to be purchased for water storage and a generator is needed to pump the water. Trees of Glory care-point will be able to serve and care for 200-300 children once they have access to fresh water on the property - and they will become even more of a resource for the people of the community.

To make a direct donation to the fresh water well project at Trees of Glory in Ethiopia,
Go to http://www.hopechest.org/ and click on GIVE
Under "Choose a Fund", select DESIGNATED GIFT
In the account code field, enter ET2119000 (9 characters)
In the notes area, specify WELL

Thank you to Alisa Martin for coordinating this project for the second year in a row!  Alisa has a heart for the fatherless and is an advocate for adoption and orphan care.  She lives in Alabama with her husband, Vince, and her two precious sons who joined their family through adoption from China and Ethiopia!  Alisa blogs at http://vinceandalisa.blogspot.com/ .

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