Help bring clean water to Ethiopia!

UPDATE:  $1925 $1505 needed! Donate here today!
We are really excited to begin our next water project in  Ethiopia!!
This one will be in Hula Woreda.  The June 2015 team was able to visit the site recently and meet with the local government officers about the water project.

The “hole” where the water gathers.  The spring water is actually clean but as it sits in the ground, is walked through by people and animals, it becomes contaminated.
The plans will be to dig back to original water source, pipe out  and have an area fenced in with stairs leading it to it. There will also be wash basins where clothes can be washed in clean water as well instead of on the ground in dirty water.

And as God would have it, we saw 2 little guys coming down to get water.
The local water authority told us these little ones would walk 1/2 hour to get water,  4 times a day—more often if they were in the dry season.

These are the little guys you will be giving clean water to.

Around 600 people use this spring.

About 320 of those are children.


43.4M people in Ethiopia don’t have access to safe water. This is over half of the population.
Over 67 million people don’t have access to adequate sanitation in Ethiopia, almost four-fifths of the population.
Around 33,000 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation in Ethiopia. (statistics from

This is the chance for YOU to change that.

We still need around $2000 to complete this.
Want to #behope with clean water? Will you help us raise the remaining $2000?

 Donate here today!
Hear from a local community leader on how clean water changed the of the people in his village.


By |September 29th, 2015|Awassa, Ethiopia|0 Comments|
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    “Just call me ferenji” and “habesha” shirt pre-order!

“Just call me ferenji” and “habesha” shirt pre-order!

Preorder until Aug 22 only!
Kid shirts are $20 and adults are $25.

Just add up the amount and place it in the box and put what sizes/shirts you need in the comment section that will appear as you check out. (Make sure your address and email is correct on the info!!) This will save people from having to make multiple transactions.

All the proceeds from these shirts go to funding our Awassa directors’ trips to Ethiopia.

If you have questions on sizes, let me know. (email

PS (logo is on the side of the arm not the front)

These are fitted unisex shirts. Order your normal size.

Go to this link to order!

For those that don’t know: ferenji  means foreigner in Ethiopia and habesha means Ethiopian


Bensa Water Project Completed!

We are very excited to share that the Bensa water project is now finished!!  Hundreds of families will now have clean water thanks to your partnership!  Thank you!!

Clean water literally changes and saves lives!

If you’d like to donate to clean water in Ethiopia, click here.

Below is an interview with a village leader on the difference clean water made in his village:


It’s A Girl Thing!

Here’s the deal…in many countries girls are not as blessed like we are during their period.

Blessed. Not many of us think of that “monthly” time as being blessed.

Imagine though not having the items you use during that time. Imagine missing out of school a week each month. Imagine using what you have available—leading to infection at times. Imagine.

Their monthly supplies are not available or not affordable if they were available or way too far away to even get to for purchase. (how is that for something unusual to be thankful for? seriously? can you imagine?)

Because of this girls miss out on a week of school each month—which also can lead to them being behind. This also leads to a host of other things such as infections and worse.

Project HOPEFUL Awassa teams have been privileged to be able to take pad kits each trip and give them to the women in our programs. We still have a long way to go though to making sure they all have one.

Becca U shares her thoughts on being able to participate in giving these out on a trip:
When the team delivered reusable pad kits to the women in and around Awassa, I knew they were needed and I assumed they would be appreciated. I did not anticipate the deep level of joy that was expressed through streams of tears, beautiful smiles, and huge hugs. Giving a pad kit is giving a gift of dignity.
We are so glad that CEN-TEX Roller Girls is choosing to #behope into the lives of women and girls in Ethiopia by raising funds to purchase reusable pads. These pads will then be put into a drawstring bag with underwear and soap and given to […]

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    Enabling Independence Program in Awassa, Ethiopia! 2 new groups ready!

Enabling Independence Program in Awassa, Ethiopia! 2 new groups ready!

Exciting news!! We have a $2500 match through June 5 for any donations to our Enabling Independence Program!!

The Enabling Independence Program is one of our favorite programs.

Vulnerable women with a desire to work and support their families are given an opportunity to receive business training and form a cooperative group within their local community with other ladies. The ladies encourage one another and form strong bonds with each other. Each lady, with guidance from Ajuuja staff, determines a business based on what they would like to do coupled with their skills.

We have seen amazing and wonderful things happening with these programs.

We have watched these women celebrate with each other and take care of each other.

We have seen their lives completely transformed as hope takes root.

We have seen women with dull eyes that wouldn’t look at you become women filled with life and hope with big smiles.

We have heard them tell how their lives are changed and how they can now send their children to school.

We have seen them with such pride show their bank books with their savings account that was previously not even a dream for them.

We are excited to announce that we have 2 new groups that are trained and ready to go!

All we need is funding!  $250, one time, per woman is all it takes!

They start in groups so we need to have a group fully funded before anyone can start.  You can give any amount… and it’s great opportunity for a group of women to come together and give a business boost to woman in Awassa, Ethiopia!

You can see more about the program in this video:

Let me introduce you to the women who are ready for their lives to be […]

By |May 30th, 2015|Awassa, Ethiopia|0 Comments|

A Desperate Plea

For me they all have a name and a story.

They are not just children in a Facebook album or a blog post.

They have each been created by God and in His image according His plan and purpose for each of their lives.

They are children that we have held, prayed over and advocated for.

Children that we have longed for to have a family.

Children we have worried about, wept for, and lifted in prayer in the middle of many sleepless nights.

Children that our teams have rocked and held and fed and loved.

Children that we have placed our hands upon and cried out to God for.

The staff tirelessly cares for these children and love them deeply. It’s not just a job.

Currently the financial struggles are overwhelming.

Last month (January) the staff worked without being paid because there simply were no funds left. They are actively seeking local support in country and we know some local supporters are making donations.

They work hard to keep costs low. They have moved to a new location to save on rent, they have reluctantly had to let some of the nannies go out of sheer necessity to cut spending.    But it is not enough.

Formula and food costs alone are staggering for 40 plus children.

If you had any inclination at all to sign up for sponsorship for one of the children or give direct donations support to the operation of the orphanage through the sponsorship of a nanny’s salary……PLEASE jump in.

Email me at to be connected with a child to be a FIG for or any other questions!

Children’s lives literally are in the balance… well as welfare of the families of the nannies and guards.

Remember:  international adoption, other than special needs, is not […]

By |February 12th, 2015|Awassa, Ethiopia, FIG Awassa|0 Comments|

Shopping with Purpose

The following post is from Charisa Knight our FIG Awassa Director.  Thank you for considering Project HOPEFUL Awassa during your gift giving!
This Christmas, give a gift that lasts past the newest fad or batteries. Give a gift that impacts lives of children and families in Awassa, Ethiopia!
Below are Project HOPEFUL Awassa’s Christmas gift options.
Click on the links to give and then email to receive a personalized jpg or pdf that you can print off to give to the recipient. You can also give gifts in honor or memory of someone.

How about buying a can of formula for $12? Formula is one of the biggest expenses at the orphanage.  Or make sure children are loved and taken care of by sponsoring a nannies’ salary for a month for $53?

You can also provide training, support, and start-up costs for a business for a widow in our Enabling Independence Program: $250  We have seen the remarkable difference this makes in women’s lives and one of our favorite programs. You can give any amount towards this.

Give the gift of a cow to a family to provide meat and milk for a family: $120   This is a huge gift to families and can be life changing.

A goat can be purchased to provide meat and offspring: $45  This is a gift that keeps on giving!

Save a life by preventing malaria with a mosquito net: $10 each

Give the gift of fresh, clean water. A donation of any amount will go toward our spring water project in the surrounding woredas of Awassa. Our next water project to be funded is in Bensa.

Give the gift of God’s word—an everlasting gift that changes lives.  $5 for […]

The house you are building in Awassa, Ethiopia!

Hear more from Greg (Project HOPEFUL’s Awassa director) about his trip!

We had the pleasure of visiting some of Ethiopia’s newest business ladies who are in the Enabling Independence Program in an area called Boricha. We met in the home of a lady named Ashile who some may remember as the lady whose home was run down and not secure which created her greatest fear that hyenas would get her children as they slept at night. Charisa and the team had the pleasure of meeting her in May.

You can see the video from that visit here:


We were met by the five of the six ladies that are part of the EIP  program along with Ajuuja’s representative who champions the EIP initiative and a local government official who also provides oversight. About 15 or so of us huddled into Ashile’s small house as the rain began to pour. The group’s leader Hannah (with the Ethiopian scarf) praised God for all He is doing and hugged and kissed us as we were introduced to the group.

The other ladies and their children all greeted us with warm smiles and we then heard from Ashile on how the program was changing her life. The word change was used over and over.

The roof sheets rattled and lifted with the wind as the storm grew and rain poured downs the inside walls and sprayed in through the open spots above us as we shared a coffee ceremony and kolo. I couldn’t imagine living in the home that she currently lives in with her children.

Before leaving we went behind the home where Ashile’s new home was being built. Funds from generous PH Awassa donors are being used to build her a new, […]

By |September 30th, 2014|Awassa, Ethiopia, FIG Awassa|0 Comments|

Does it really matter?

Greg Knight, one of our Awassa directors, shares below from his recent trip.

Some of the most vulnerable people we meet in Awassa are the older students who are orphaned. They are old enough to care for themselves but they have not finished their education and many times have no one to look out for them and encourage them. As we were finishing the worship time at Ajuuja, an opportunity was given for those present to speak. One of our university students had prepared a letter to read to us. He asked we forgive his weak English but I think you’ll agree it is perfect! In the letter below he is addressing Pastor Rob and I because we are present, his FIG family specifically and the rest of the Project HOPEFUL Awassa supporters in general. His letter is below.
“First of all, I want to say welcome our loved and blessed family.

I’m so happy to see you here and for my being with you today. On behalf of me, when we say “AJUUJA”.

AJUUJA is my mother’s my hope and my power. AJUUJA is my refuge and my trust;

In help and assistance I get from you made me a human being. Your help and assistance made me to be equal with my friends whose parents are alive.

Your support and assistance gave me the strength to continue my education; helped me to be a university student.

I was naked, but you clothed me.

You brighten my day; gave me a hope.

The death of my parents had put me in a chaos; but, your effort strengthen my heart, gave me a pleasure and a satisfaction. If it hadn’t been your assistance, where would I have been?

For all what you have done […]

By |September 16th, 2014|Awassa, Ethiopia, FIG Awassa|1 Comment|

Bringing Hope to Awassa

On May 2 a team of 8 headed out to Awassa, Ethiopia. It was the first “mission” trip for three of the members and everyone was excited to go and “bring hope” to the children and families of Awassa, Ethiopia.

There are many stories to share and this blog post can’t contain them all (it would be really long!!) but I wanted to give you the highlight reel.

To continue reading more details of our trip, head over to


Project HOPEFUL Awassa May 2014 trip from Charisa Knight on Vimeo.


Highlights of of the trip:

Visited FIG families:

Several team members were blessed to visit with their sponsored child in the Family In the Gap program. This is always a very special time for both families.






















Painted the walls and loved on the children at Ajuuja: 

















Visited the Enabling Independence women in Awassa and LOVED seeing their bank books with lots of DEPOSITS in them and eating their food!



















Saw the CLEAN WATER in Aleta Wondo that you funded!:










Visited the future clean water site in Bona that you just funded:







Educated on hygiene, malaria, and HIV:







Handed out God’s word:









Remember Sitota? You built his house last year!









Visited the next set of Enabling Independence women that were just funded in Boricha:


Delivered wheelchairs you purchased for a family!









Each place we went to, and every family we visited– we prayed with, hugged, kissed, and loved……bringing HOPE into people’s lives. We repeatedly heard the words hope and change because of the love and support that you are funding with your donations!

Thank you for your generous continued support for these families!


FIG Awassa Director

Will You STAND with Us?

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 […]

By |May 20th, 2014|Awassa|0 Comments|

The Orphan Crisis Without Adoption

We could spend hours or days (or longer) debating the question of whether everyone is “called” to adopt or whether it is even a call or a command or whether the Church is necessarily failing because everyone hasn’t adopted.  Today, we set those questions aside and talk about non-adoption options for supporting orphans, or maybe even preventing them.  Let’s discuss “caring for widows and orphans in their distress.”  James 1:27.

Project HOPEFUL operates a number of programs specifically designed to address the needs of widows and orphans in the countries where we operate.  For example, our Hope + Sisterhood program in Uganda, Ethiopia, and soon, Guatemala, partners women and families from the United States with women who are HIV positive from these countries.  The goal of the program is to give the women a “hand up” out of poverty and to help them become self-sustaining as a family.  Many of the women in our program are widows or have been abandoned by husbands upon learning of their positive HIV status.  Most have children, some of whom are positive.  Rather than continue the cycle of poverty and relinquishment for adoption, the Sisterhood seeks to empower these women to start businesses and use the financial support they receive for six months to plan for the future and family sustainability.  For more information about our Hope + Sisterhood, check out our website:

Village of Hope cares for special needs orphans in San Lucas, Guatemala and teaching them about the love of Jesus Christ.  VoH welcomes families and children into its “Village” where these individuals are loved on by house parents, provided food, shelter and education.  The goal is to create a loving home where the people we serve […]