I just wanted to share this post from Bekah today:
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
for people around Awassa, Ethiopia?
Why a goat?
A goat is a very important investment for these families and is equal to about a half year’s salary! Something that is normally unattainable—you can help to make happen!
Our partners in Ethiopia identify the families that could most benefit from a goat and deliver them and make sure they know how to take care of them and check on them afterwards as well.
When Greg and Rebekah delivered goats in October they met this government representative:
who emphasized to them how extremely important this is. She spoke and expressed thanks for the gifts that would change the way that these families lived.
To us it may just be a goat--to them it is a source of fresh milk and future offspring.
She gave thanks to God for sending us and for the donors and all the families we represent.
Would you like to join us in this?
You can give a goat for Christmas or someone’s birthday and we will send you a card that you can print or email for the recipient.
They are $45 each!
Use this link:
PS. Fun fact: What we call a goat here is called a sheep there. :) We commonly refer to it as the ‘sheepgoat’ :)
Your PayPal receipt will say sheep.
Thank you so much!!
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Want to be a part of a really neat story?
that involves this sweet girl?
and a goat?
and people in Awassa, Ethiopia?
and 12 of these?
Go here and take a look:
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Why Project HOPEFUL Awassa?
In working with Project HOPEFUL’s FIG (Family in the Gap) program we have developed a program that connects a family in Awassa to another family that desires to ‘stand in the gap’ for them. All of our FIG children will receive the following (some of which live at Ajuuja while others live alone or with family in the community in and around Awassa)
- clothing and shoes two times a year
- medical checkup twice a year and medication in the case of sickness
- basic hygiene materials three times a year
- food support (formula/milk for children in the center and wheat for children in the community)
- all the necessary school supplies twice a year with school uniform and back bag once a year
- annual recreational trip around Awassa
- annual get together at Ajuuja Center
- sporting goods like balls, soccer shoe and jerseys
- regular prayer with men of God invited from different churches at Awassa
- Christmas and Easter celebrations with staff at Ajuuja and invited guests from the community
We are thankful for the work that Project HOPEFUL does and consider it a privilege to join the effort. We know that God loves the Awassa children more than we can even comprehend and pray that our efforts will bring glory to His name as we heed His call to bring help to widows and orphans.
In your role as FIG advocate you agree to:
- commit to praying regularly for “your” child or family
- financially support for $30 per month
There are many other ways to support our Awassa Initiative:
- You can give one time donations to our general fund to help fund special needs and things that monthly donations may not cover.
- You can be a monthly giver of any amount to help fund projects and children who do not have a FIG yet. Every single dollar helps.
- A goat or sheep can be provided for a family to provide meat or income from their offspring for $45 each.
We will also have income generating projects and skill training to help people achieve independence. You could help a family start their own business (tailored to what that family could realistically do in their area and ability.) Contact us if you or your business would like to be a business backer for a family in the community.
Here are a few of the children that YOU could make part of your family!
(if the slide show doesn’t show up head over to this link: https://picasaweb.google.com/105253626628862918579/ChildrenNeedingFigs?authuser=0&feat=directlink)
To contact us with questions or to set up a FIG partnership email us firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also join us at facebook and see live updates and pictures:
Thank you for your love of the orphan!
Greg and Charisa Knight
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
- Age 6 years old
- Gender Male
- Country Ethiopia
- Waiting since May 16, 2012
- Gender Male
The orphanage staff describes HS as an active child. He enjoys playing outdoors, throwing and catching balls and just running around. They also say that he communicates very well (in his native language) with both children his age and adults. The orphanage staff specifically said that he ‘respects his elder people very well’. HS can write his own name and tie his own shoes.
Are you his forever family? Can you help us to advocate for him so we can find his family for him?
A mom who was just there for court wrote this about HS (and she has some great pictures of him that I wish I could share on this blog!)
He is very sweet and polite. The biggest story that sticks out in my mind was when our girl N came to meet us at the care center. It was a completely new environment for her, you could tell she was not sure what to think of it all. HS had not gone to school with the other older kids that day and was spending time hanging out with us and our kids. When N joined us, he noticed how she was feeling; he ran to his bed and pulled out his sticker stash from under his mattress. Stickers are prized possessions at the care center, so I was very touched when he handed our little girl and full sheet of mermaid stickers. She lit up. It was so sweet of him. He spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out with us. Also, he is very athletic and was able to do some pretty cool contortion moves.
He is a wonderful boy and we really hope he finds a family soon. I wouldn't think he
is much older than 7. He is super sweet and got along great with all of the
From another mom:
I would say the older child is definitely older than 6. I sat and read an
Amharic-English phrase book with him for quite a while this afternoon. He is
a good reader, and trying hard to learn English. Very sweet and polite.
from another mom:
HS is polite and gentle despite the fact he is a very happy, active and athletic boy! His focus was very much on playing with the new soccer ball we brought to the care center. His eyes were bright and hopeful when he greeted me with a handshake, but was super happy to settle for a hug instead. He has a sweet and open demeanor and a vibrant energy about him. He was kind to our 2 1/2 year old daughter.
While we didn't get a chance for any one on one time with HS, my husband and I fell in love with ALL the boys at the care center. They had a collective joy that touched our hearts. We were touched by their politeness, and it was hard not to get caught up in their play. I would without reservation, say that HS is a normal, bright, loving, active, happy boy ready for a forever family. I know he is ready to give and receive love.
If you’d like to find out more about HS or talk to these moms that met him feel free to email me at email@example.com
You can also contact IAN at:
1 303-691-0808 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ethiopian coffee anyone?
We have some awesome whole bean Tomoca coffee for sale to pay for the next trip to Ethiopia.
500 g bags. (1.1 lb)
$20 a bag (includes shipping--locals it's $15 for you!)
BEST coffee in the world. Let me know if you want a bag!
PS. We have a limited supply. (and I am still debating on how much to
hoard keep for myself. So..if you want it..order soon!
Monday, November 5, 2012
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Leave a baby for a while with a cup of milk—you may end up with this:
And if you hear him yelling ‘shabundy” over and over….it really means that has taken the wet coffee grounds out of the trash and rubbed them all over your couch.
A gem this girl is. :)
This is what she does on Fridays while we are at co-op….instead of studying for her CLEP tests.
Yep. Just an average day at our house.