FIG Awassa

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: http://vimeo.com/102190642

 

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 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

“God didn’t call us to easy” Testimony of the Knights

From our FIG Awassa Directors Greg and Charisa Knight:

The beginning: 17 years ago with a momma’s heartcry and a dad’s face to face visit with orphaned children.

The blessing: 2 crazy loved Ethiopian boys who have rocked our world and the HUGE privilege of being able to serve hand in hand with our Ethiopian brother and sisters bringing hope to children and families in Awassa through Project HOPEFUL Awassa 

There is so much more to these stories that I think I would have to have a 2 hour video. I am going to sum them up quickly with Things I Have Learned Through Adoption:

1) Don’t put God in a box.  My boxes that God busted open:

  We put under age 3 because I didn’t want to full with “baggage” (Ab was almost 6 when he came home to us)
  I am not traveling with Greg because I can’t handle it (terrified of planes!)    (God said yes, you can )
  I don’t want to meet or have any relationship with birth family. It’s too emotionally complex.  (We did and now have a beautiful      relationship with them and I can’t imagine not having it! I am sooo glad God busted that one!)
  special needs parameters.  We went from “minor correctable special needs” to wishing we had opened that up more during our    adoption to now if we were currently do an adoption would much broader and include HIV. Be sure to keep an open mind and heart for that decision.

2) Remember that God is faithful. 

When we accepted our first referral for a little guy who was 7 months old, the whole slow down in Ethiopa happened and I was a mess thinking that the […]

Help us build a playground!

From Project HOPEFUL FIG Awassa Director, Charisa Knight:

Want to help purchase a playground?

At this orphanage? in Awassa, Ethiopia?

For these children? (and many more)

The plans are for a slide, a swing, and a seated merry go round. A designer has drawn up the plans for it and is ready to go. We just need the funds!!  The estimate is for $1,200 and something that would give fun playtime for the children who live there.  (can’t you just hear the shouts, screams and giggles?) 

Many of these children have lived here since they were tiny infants and are still here. We really want to add some laughter and fun to their lives!

Our goal is to have this funded by my April trip! Sooner is just fine too! :)

If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution to this please donate HERE and put PLAYGROUND in the message.  If you would like to send a check—message me at charisa@projecthopeful.org and I can give the address.

Thank you!!

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 […]

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