Thursday, December 27, 2012

Still Waiting, Watching and Wishing ...

Back in July, we began raising funds to build new classrooms at Kind Hearts school in Ethiopia.  As of today, we are only $5,000 short of having the funds needed to build the new classrooms! 

AND - a family has generously offered to match donated funds up to $1250.  Please consider giving to this project so we can have it fully funded by the end of the year!  Your donation will be matched which will double your donation! 

Please click to this link to make a donation and see our progress  http://donate.hopechest.org/goto/karen

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JULY 2012 - There's an uncomfortable truth that settles in when we are in Ethiopia working with the kids at our CarePoints. Kids that have come to know and rely on a full tummy every day, water that won't make them sick, teachers and care-givers that love them and guide them, and medical care when they need it. They laugh and play with energy and abandon because they have hope for their future.

The uncomfortable truth is revealed when you look around the edges of the CarePoint and see thin, dirty kids waiting and watching and wishing.









Occasionally a child braves the walk across the dusty ground while we are there and plaintively asks for food. We respond immediately all the while knowing that it is a temporary fix.




Without enrollment at Kind Hearts, these kids suffer chronic malnutrition and chronic illness. If they survive, most will barely eke out a living working as a daily laborer (hard manual labor for pennies a day) and the cycle of poverty will continue. Their days are filled with chores and many kids are already working for pennies by hauling water or carrying firewood for families who can afford to have a child do it for them.







Our four small classrooms at Kind Hearts are overflowing with the 195 kids currently enrolled in the program. But with the construction of a new school building with 4 more classrooms, we could serve 150 more kids!!

150 more kids that will no longer hover at the fringes, watching their friends, neighbors or siblings eat a full lunch, drink a tall glass of clean, pure water and then skip into the classrooms for their daily lessons that will set them on the path of self-sufficiency - for themselves and their future families!

There are hundreds more orphaned and destitute kids in the area that is served by Kind Hearts and we have families wanting to sponsor - we just don't have the space to serve, care for, feed, clothe and educate 150 more kids ... yet.

With your help we can expand the classrooms and more effectively serve the 195 kids enrolled now AND enroll up to 150 more children.  More kids who will be provided with nutritious meals every day, clean water, clothing, medical care, education and Christian discipleship.

Temesgen is excited to have his little brother Habtamu enrolled with him at Kind Hearts.

Please consider and pray about funding this very important project at Kind Hearts. Click here to make a secure donation to the Kind Hearts school building. Your funds will go directly and only to this project http://donate.hopechest.org/goto/karen

2 comments:

Wendy said...

Karen, I'm curious how large of a geographical area each care point serves? The photos look like a sparsely populated rural area, but the number of kids seems to far exceed what the pictures imply.

Karen said...

Hi Wendy - Each care-point serves a different geographic area. Kind Hearts is located on the southern edge of Addis with a slum area on one side and rolling hills on the other. Kids walk anywhere from 5 minutes to 60 minutes to get to the care-point from home. The local government (called a Kebele) is instrumental in working with the staff at the care-point to identify the neediest kids in the area to be able to attend the care-point. I hope that answers your questions. Feel free to contact me via email as well at kjwistrom@yahoo.com. ~Karen Wistrom