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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

For Mother's Day, Help Drill a Well in Ethiopia!

It's hard to believe, but Mother's Day is 1 1/2 weeks away! One of our sponsor families, Alisa Martin, has created special Mother's Day cards and will donate 100% of the proceeds to drill a FRESH WATER WELL at TREES OF GLORY care-point in Ethiopia!!  So far, nearly $2,400 has been raised with the Mother's Day card fund-raiser for the well at Trees of Glory!!

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 purchase 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.

Don't wait until the last minute to purchase a Mother's Day card for your mom!! You can order a card in her name today - and Alisa will hand-craft the card and mail it for you (to your mom) the week before Mother's Day. The best part - is that 100% of your donation (in any amount - $10, $20, $50, $100+) will be donated to Children's Hopechest for the fresh water well project at Trees of Glory!

Please click HERE for Alisa's blog. You can securely order cards online and provide her with your mother's name (or your mom-in law, sister, aunt or grandmother!) and mailing address. Alisa is taking orders for Mother's Day cards until April 30 (this Saturday) and the cards will be mailed next week!  Please help us spread the word to friends and family - and provide clean water for Trees of Glory care-point in Ethiopia!!

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