Charisa Knight, one of our Directors of the Project Hopeful – Awassa program, recently returned from Ethiopia after leading a team to the Awassa region.  While they were there, Charisa became aware of some significant needs in the at risk community we serve.  Charisa writes:

My heart has been a jumble of emotions since I arrived home from Ethiopia.  I saw many wondering things in Awassa.  I saw hope and change in lives.  I saw joy.   I saw gratefulness.  I was hugged and kissed and loved on more times than I can count!  My time there was an encouragement to my soul to continue the work God has set before us.

But I also saw need.  So much need.  And heartache.  The needs can be overwhelming at times and lead me to despair.  Then I am reminded that God has always come through for His people.  From the very beginning of the nudging from Him to open our hearts to a ministry in Awassa to all of the supporters who stepped up to support the ministry, I know that He is able and I know that He is the Father to the fatherless.  I know that God will provide the way, even when we cannot see it.

This is where you come in!

Our partner orphanage is in need of people to support them on a monthly basis.  Because of the slow down in international adoption and other economic challenges, financial support has been waning, although the needs have been increasing.  In recent months, our partner orphanage has taken in 16 children from other homes that have closed.  Will you partner with us to ensure that these overlooked children receive the care they need?

Your gift could be used to pay the salary of one of the nannies for the children ($53 a month) or the salary of a guard ($42 a month) or food for the orphanage or transportation costs or any number of other needs in the community.  We need you.  The Awassa community needs you.

10338309_10203740828748267_1358445577155564428_nJoin Project Hopeful in BRINGING HOPE to Awassa, Ethiopia.

Looking for an easy way to be involved?  Join our STAND campaign!  We invite you to host any type of stand — a lemonade stand, cupcake stand, bake sale, hot dog, BBQ . . . the list is as long as your creativity!  Get your children involved and raise funds at your STAND for Awassa, Ethiopia.  We’ll even provide you with a kit to get you started.  For more information, email Charisa: charisa@projecthopeful.org.

STAND with Project Hopeful and Awassa today!

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To sign up to be a monthly partner in our Awassa programs, click here.  Thank you!