Awassa

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 […]

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 www.forsuchasthese.com

 

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!

Charisa

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 […]

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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:  http://projecthopeful.org/hope-sisterhood/

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 […]

FIG Awassa, Ethiopia: Day 3

From our FIG Awassa Director, Greg Knight – Day 3 of his visit:
Today we began at Ajuuja meeting with Eyasu and three of the four active board members of Ajuuja Children’s Home. They expressed great gratitude for all the support that Project HOPEFUL Awassa has sent so far and prayed blessings upon our family and all the donors involved and Project HOPEFUL. All four men are well spoken and confident men of God that not only serve on the board but are active in the hands on portion of the ministry. They asked that we tell the donors, Charisa and Project HOPEFUL that “without you we can not do this.” We talked for a while and board member Pastor Aklilu closed the meeting with prayer.

While we were meeting Rebekah spent time playing with the children and getting some more great photos! A few of the girls gave her a special hairdo and she enjoyed the time laughing and playing with them. She also had a chance to try her hand at making injera! The ladies said she did a great job so…..I’m expecting some fresh injera when we get home.

Afterwards we took a few minutes to head to Haile Resort which is owned by Ethiopian Olympic runner Haile Gebresellasie. Joel, Rebekah and I took a small boat into Lake Awassa hoping to catch a glimpse of the lake’s resident hippos. It was a pleasant ride and our guide drove us straight to a group of hippos in the water cooling off from the midday sun. Rebekah said it was the fourth scariest event of her life! The ride back was nice and we enjoyed the magnificent scenery that God created around Lake Awassa complete with […]

F.I.G. Awassa Ethiopia Visit: October 10th

We’re so glad to bring another update from Greg Knight, Director of FIG Awassa:
We began the day at 7:30 by visiting the local fish market. They were using cast nets that reminded me of the way that Peter was probably fishing when Jesus called him.The boats were small and made by hand and the men were hard at work cleaning their nets from the days catch. Large birds were waiting for anything the fishermen left while monkeys played in the trees behind us. There were many people around, some cleaning fish, some buying fish, young boys trying to do anything that might get them a tip and we “ferenjis” just watching. We went to an area where people were eating the small cut pieces raw. A young man approached Joel and began speaking to him just to let him know that he thought Rebekah was pretty. I would agree!

After that we headed to Ajuuja and had the privilege of meeting all but one of the sponsored children and their families! We were able to sit for a few minutes with each family and ask questions, talk to them and just experience who they are. I took a lot of notes and I hope to be able to share details with their FIG families very soon. There were so many people, all of which were so grateful not just for care packages but that people they didn’t even know that live so far away cared enough about them to find a way to help by sponsoring their children.

One lady in particular really got to me. I did not see her until her child’s name was called. I looked up and she approached in a wheel […]

F.I.G. Awassa Ethiopia Visit – Greg Knight

Director of the F.I.G. Awassa Ethiopia Program, Greg Knight is in Ethiopia with his daughter visiting our contacts there and building relationships. We wanted to share with you what he is doing by posting his updates and some pictures as he is able to send them to us and this is the first of them. We trust you will enjoy this ‘fly on the wall’ perspective.
“Today we began at 6:30 a.m. with breakfast that was interestingly different. Bekah passed and I ate lightly, both of which proved to be good decisions!

Askale (Eyasu’s wife and partner at Ajuuja) and a driver picked us up in a 4 wheel drive shortly after 7:00 and we picked up Ajuuja Social Worker Tashoma on the way out of Awassa. Afer about 20 minutes of paved roads we began the dirt road/off road part of the three hour drive. About an hour in we had to stop for Fekadu who was carsick and regretting breakfast! He was in the back on the vehicle and the road was very rough and filled with turns, ruts, people, livestock and all manner of transportation both with 4 legs and motorized. The driver didn’t slow much for these instead he cut in and weaved around everything in our path.

After passing through village after village and seeing some the most beautiful landscape and people on Earth we reached our destination, the town of Yaye.

We were escorted into a small government building where 5 families that had been identified as the poorest of the poor who could benefit the most from the donation of a sheep were waiting for us along with local social workers. They all expressed deep gratitude for the work of Ajuuja […]

Update: Project HOPEFUL’s FIG Awassa, Ethiopia Program

By Charisa Knight

Hello Project HOPEFUL friends!! We are over here in Virginia being amazed at what God can do through people with generous and compassionate hearts. This program was started about 6 weeks ago after talking and praying with some of the Project HOPEFUL team. We thought we’d start small and see how it goes….Well, God had different things in store!

(to read the beginning of this journey go here: http://forsuchasthese.blogspot.com/2012/07/shaky-first-step.html)

We currently have FIGs (family in the gap) for all of the 18 children that are eligible for sponsorship at the orphanage in Awassa. This is fantastic!

These FIGs will have the great reward of making sure these children have the things that the need, invest in them spiritually through prayer, sending them care packages and letters, and going on mission trips to meet them! We are so thankful for these families that have jumped in with us by faith from the beginning!

We also are taking part of the orphanage’s community sponsorship program. This is something that is already in place and we are stepping in to help them make sure they have the funds for this program and provide support for micro-enterprise programs and other needs. This program helps families stay together and have their daily needs met. Currently we have 10 of these children with FIGs and have 8 more children that need someone to stand in the gap for them!

We have already provided boxes of desperately need cloth diapers and a month of needed supplies. As I type more formula and diapers are on their way as well as 6 needed walkers.

Greg is taking a trip over October 6 to meet with our representatives in country and the orphanage director. Together they will […]