Ethiopia is home to one of the largest populations of orphans in the world: 13% of children in Ethiopia are missing one or both parents. That’s 4.6 million orphans – 800,000 of orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
It’s getting real. I just purchased our plane tickets to Ethiopia! We’re starting to check more things off our list. Right now we’re working on practical items such as:
I’m working on line up key meetings with groups that align with our vision that we want to support and build relationships with. We have two groups that we’ll be connecting with while in Ethiopia. More to come.
I’m excited that we’ll be connecting with Bring Love In while we’re in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They have an amazing story. Bring Love In is a community (not just an organization) of people who are working together to bring love in to the orphans and widows of Ethiopia. They connect orphans who are given to them by local authorities, and widows from within local Christian church communities, to create new forever families here in Ethiopia.
Another group we’re connecting with is Resurrection Orphanage & Center. They provides for orphaned and abandoned children in Nekemte, Ethiopia (about 240 miles away from Addis Ababa) by meeting the basic needs of shelter, food, clothing, basic medical care and spiritual education and training.
I’ll be writing more about the groups we’re connecting with in Ethiopia and sharing their stories. Stay tuned.
Overall, we’ve made a lot of progress this week! Please pray for us to have wisdom as we complete our plans.
I came across this report highlighting the results from a new study titled, “Brain Scans Show the Impact of a Mother’s Love on a Child’s Brain Size”
The report states , “Neurologists say that the latest [brain] images provide more evidence that the way children are treated in their early years is important not only for the child’s emotional development, but also in determining the size of their brains.”
I’ve been continually thinking about all orphans and vulnerable children who need loving homes. Science has shown a link between love and child development in research on going back to observations on maternal deprivation. But we need to take this knowledge and do something for children in need.
Let’s help orphans who have no homes and nobody to care for them know that they are precious and worthy of love. Let’s help these vulnerable children get their basic needs met and find loving mothers and fathers. Love is the answer. Get involved.
“Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.” ― Garrison Keillor, Leaving Home