Tuesday, July 12, 2011

100 Kids Need Clean Water in Ethiopia!

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At the end of May, my friend Jessica Irvin (who sponsors a child at Trees of Glory, and several of her friends and family sponsor children at TOG too!) travelled to Ethiopia to complete the adoption of her daughter.  During her trip, she once again visited Trees of Glory care-point to see the kids and to bring blankets and supplies.

During her visit, she taped this video interview with Simret (the incredible woman who is the founder and director of Trees of Glory) and Girma (the care-point manager) as they explained their desperate need for a fresh-water well at the care-point.

Trees of Glory presently serves 100 orphaned and destitute children with no running water.  The staff at TOG walks to the local village every morning to use the community spigot, filling 4 large yellow jugs with water, which they then carry back to the care-point on the backs of donkeys. 




That water is then used during the day for hand-washing, cooking and drinking - for 100 children!!  By September, Trees of Glory will be enrolling 40 new children in their program and the need for water becomes much greater.

They know we are fund-raising for a well - and they know we are 1/2 way to meeting our goal.  I am praying that we are able to raise the funds by the time I travel to Ethiopia in November.  If you can make a tax-deductible donation to the fresh-water well at TOG, please go to:

www.hopechest.org, click on GIVE
Choose DESIGNATED GIFT and enter the $$ amount
In the Reference Number, specify ET2119000
In the Notes area, specify TOG WELL

On behalf of the children and staff at TOG, we THANK YOU for your financial support and prayers that will make this well possible!!  Please watch the youtube video below filmed by Jessica Irvin in May.

I cannot phrase it better than Jessica did on her blog at http://steadfastminds-ethiopia.blogspot.com.  From Jessica ... "What I love most about this clip is how clearly they articulate the partnership that we as sponsors and members of the family of God are in with them. They talk of us as "serving along side of them in the kingdom of the Lord." I pray that we will not take that partnership lightly. They are in the trenches each day happily caring for 100 children under fairly tough conditions. Let's work as they do--with our whole hearts--to provide them with the resources that they need to continue to do that."

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