Sponsoring families at Koshe dump

Again we visited some families and students that live in and around the Koshe garbage dump. We talked about the challenges of life and education and it was very informative about their needs and concerns. Hopethiopia sponsors some of these students and we maintain a good level of communication and follow up with them.

Compassion International

We meet with the team at Compassion International. They are doing amazing work in Ethiopia and it is always nice to see the perspective of other organizations to see what they are doing and innovating….

  • I attended their morning prayer meeting and it was impressive to see their leadership team gather to start off the week in the right way.

    Later on that day I visited the main catholic church in downtown Addis. Cardinal Berhanu Yesus, is a good friend and we talked about the history of faith in Ethiopia as well as encouraging more teams to join Hopethiopia from Canada.

Abyssinia bank - Challenge

HOPE with the CEO of the Abyssinia bank. He showed me the plans for the new head office that they are building, 61 floors in the downtown area which will become to tallest building in Africa. He agreed to accept more students from the local high school in our project area to teach them about leadership principles etc…

  • He also agreed that the bank would be the main sponsor for the Tournament of Hope in Ethiopia. We will also have a corporate challenge where we will have a putting challenge where CEO’s of the invited businesses and embassies will determine who is the best in Ethiopia and Rwanda.

Golf for Awareness

Since awareness of our Hopethiopia projects is very important we are looking at the many opportunities available. One of the unique events that will take place in the coming year will be expansion of the “Tournament of Hope”. This will be our golf tournament that will take place in Calgary, Ethiopia and Rwanda….

  • While with the COTK team in Rwanda I visited the dental course in Kigali to make arrangements for a tournament in February 2025. We also did a golf club donation of junior clubs that the COTK team had brought. In Addis, I also visited the club to start the process for organizing the tournament. Part of the tournaments in Ethiopia and Rwanda will be to get corporate sponsors to help us out.

Canadian Embassy - Mitsat

An event was held at the “Canada Club” on the grounds of the Canadian Embassy. This event is always a great place to network, meet other NGO’s that are working in Ethiopia, and to meet embassy officials from other countries… (Mitsat – top 30 under 30)

  • The Canadian embassy is set on beautiful grounds in central Addis and the staff are always super helpful when it comes to development work and providing contacts. In this case they have been helpful in the visitor visa process for Mitsat, our Hopethiopia nurse, who we are hoping will visit Alberta this coming September for the 50th anniversary event of the Alberta Council for Global Affairs “ACGC” One can follow the events on the ACGC Instagram website where they are celebrating the Top 30 under 30. Mitsat was awarded one of the top 30 leaders.

HOPE hosted NGO"Real Humanitarian"

HOPE hosted a Canadian NGO “Real Humanitarian” at our head office in Addis. Deborah and her national director “Bisrat” spent some time with us to learn about the current application process to the Ministry of Health for obtaining dental and health licenses….

  • The system has changed a lot and much of it has now become online. However, one still needs to present in person, all professional degrees, certificates, and licenses etc. Since Hopethiopia had just brought a large dental, health, eye care, and veterinary care team to Ethiopia in November 2023, we were very familiar with the licensing and Visa process. I was able to pass along some current “tips” about the process and hopefully their health and dental teams will be able to soon return to Ethiopia and maybe we will be able to partner together as Canadian teams working together in Ethiopia. Very few dental; and health teams actually travel to Ethiopia these days, so any help that can be provided is a massive assistance to the population. Later in the week I was able to visit their volunteer centre in Addis where they had lots of dental equipment that was available to be used in the clinics.

Unrest in Ethiopia - brief update

Due to the unrest in Ethiopia, it was not safe to travel outside of Addis on this very short stop in Ethiopia. In the short time much was accomplished:
  • Meetings with the Abyssinia bank, the biggest private bank in Ethiopia. The CEO agreed that he would accept a group of high school students from our project area and share with them leadership principles and open their world to high level banking (on his desk he was reading the future of AI and banking).  
  • Met with Cardinal Berhanu Yesus, one of the 3 Catholic cardinals in Africa. Since Rwanda has such a predominant catholic faith and there is deep history between Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia I wanted him to encourage the church in Canada to send mission teams with us the Rwanda and Ethiopia. he was ecstatic about this and recorded a 4 min message for me to take back to Canada.
  • Our oldest first child from the Children’s Village met us at our head office in Addis. We sponsored her to go the post secondary education in Addis where she is learning fashion design as well as accounting. She is doing very well and will be a great example of how the kids in the children’s village can continue on with their education.
  • Met with our Eye surgeon, Dr. Asrat, and figured how to get his eye clinic up and running as well as our Hopethiopia eye centre program in the health centre in Addis.
  • Met with Zerihun, our national Hopethiopia director, and he shared how successful our bakery is in Harbu Chulule.
  • We stopped by the garbage dump to visit with one of the families that we sponsor. Dad was a garbage picker for 25 years, Mom was a victim of leprosy, and their two kids that are in high school, one wants to be a psychiatrist and the other a medical doctor, They live in the dump with a house made of garbage. They are an amazing family and I love to spend time with them, and praise God that one of our sponsors is fully sponsoring the kids for their high school. God will bless their futures.
  • Had a further business meeting with Zerihun and then he dropped me off at the airport.
  • Also sharing with Glenda and her “Hearts of Hope” team in Rwanda, they also had an amazing day with the Women’s tailoring school graduation

Church of the King Mission Team - Rwanda construction

Early February, our friends from Church of The King (COTK) arrived in Rwanda to love on our community. And when they left, Gahanga was transformed. With eager hands and strong backs, this team worked alongside the graduates of Iwacu HOPE Home, and accomplished the first stage of our Community Kitchen and Hospitality Center… 

Building with local, natural products, they created a gorgeous, solid, lava rock patio. Our neighbours, who can’t afford venues to celebrate significant life events, like weddings, traditional engagements, funerals, etc., can’t wait to use this lovely space. Perched atop the hill overlooking the lovely, meandering Nyabarongo River, it is the perfect place to honour momentous community events.

Church of the King Mission Team - Rwanda outreach

COTK purposed to be very intentional to visit and encourage the graduates of Iwacu HOPE Home. With many of our men now married and with children, they were thrilled to host these international visitors… 

It never ceases to amaze us at how powerful that kind of tangible love can be; our men were blessed beyond words!

 

And Valentine’s Day! What a glorious day for loving on the young women of HOPE’s tailoring program! After some silly games, the ladies settled into luxurious spa treatments. Feet were washed, nails were done, hand and foot massages were given, followed by cake, chocolate, and flowers … they felt so pampered! 

 

HOPE’s gift of clean, potable water for our community of Rwabutenge, has made a massive impact on the quality of life of our neighbours. Every day, 20,000 liters of water are shared with HOPE’s neighbours, who overflow with gratefulness. They report that gastrointestinal parasites are down, people and animals are now getting enough water … they can even wash their clothes and take baths! It is amazing to witness the increased health and welfare of our community, because of clean water! Something we too often take for granted. COTK installed stronger faucets able to withstand vigorous use. HOPE’s Iriba Ry’Urukundo (Love Well) is truly living up to its name!

 

The children of Rwabutenge were so encouraged, by COTK! Their visit to Sheba Christian Academy fostered a solid connection between the school and HOPE. Within a week of COTK’s school visit, the students arrived at HOPE’s garden to learn of the gift of indigenous medicinals. 

And on Saturday, the kids came from everywhere to attend the sports day. What a blast! They played until they could play no more! 

 

While the children played, the men of the community, including elders, HOPE’s graduates, and community leaders, gathered under our beautiful mango tree, for encouragement. COTK powerfully poured into these men, reinforcing their commitment to their families and communities. It was beautiful to observe the elders freely support the material delivered, and openly share their perspectives. The men left feeling reinvigorated and mutually supported.

 

This team even helped restore our coffee plants! Pruning. Mulching. Chopping and dropping. The bushes were revived. A HOPE Coffee brand seems more attainable now!

 

And the team’s love extended beyond HOPE’s community. A trip to Masaka Hospital to visit one of our men, who had fallen 12 meters into a new latrine pit, left the team astounded. Patients’ visitors swarmed them with requests to visit and pray for their loved ones. They rose to the occasion and lavished them all with tender loving care. Truly, hope was restored!

 

COTK nurtured vitality and HOPE’s land sprung forth with life! People, plants, and land were all impacted by this wonderful team. 

 

We’d like to thank this team and all its supporters from Church of The King Mandeville, Louisiana. You love well and, as we continue to witness, love always wins! 

And thank you to all of you … our faithful partners! HOPE wouldn’t be where it is today without all your support!

Blessings from Rwanda,

Glenda

Clean, Potable water - Rwanda

HOPE’s gift of clean, potable water for our community of Rwabutenge, has made a massive impact on the quality of life of our neighbours. Every day, 20,000 liters of water are shared with HOPE’s neighbours

who overflow with gratefulness. They report that gastrointestinal parasites are down, people and animals are now getting enough water … they can even wash their clothes and take baths! It is amazing to witness the increased health and welfare of our community, because of clean water! Something we too often take for granted. COTK installed stronger faucets able to withstand vigorous use. HOPE’s Iriba Ry’Urukundo (Love Well) is truly living up to its name!

Medical/Dental team arrives in Ethiopia

Nov 2023 – A medical/Dental team arrives and goes to work

The mission team of dentists, doctors, nurses, and support staff finally arrived in Ethiopia. It is always a great sight to see… 

them come out of the airport with all their bags and supplies ready to hit the ground running. After a 3 hour drive from the airport to the Hopethiopia project site in Harbu Chulule, they were able to settle into their new home at 8,000 feet above sea level. We started off the mission trip with a hike into the local rural area so that the team could understand the context of the living conditions of the people. Here people live in mud huts with thatched grass roofs, they often use fires inside their homes to cook and heat the home, as well as storing their animals inside the home at night in order to protect their animals. With a constant lack of water the sanitation is often poor and this leads to many health problems such as infections, eye and gut irritations, etc. On the second day we began the team clinics and the turnout was amazing. Hundreds of people showed up every day for the various clinics. Since we had a large number of Canadian, USA, and Ethiopian participants we were able to see huge numbers of people. We even had an instructor and 5 of his students from the Atlas Dental School join us in the campaign. Their assistance was invaluable in making the program a success

Kelly Drader Longview Centre’s New Students

Classes for HOPE’s next group of tailoring students began the beginning of October. This is a big month for these lovely ladies! Having overcome their shock of getting into HOPE’s program (over 150 women applied for 12 positions), these young women are engaging in their studies with great enthusiasm… 

This was so encouraging for HOPE’s teachers, Edison and Jaqueline, as they began teaching basic sewing skills. Kelly Fahnestock echoed those sentiments, as she taught English. This group of students is settling in school well and feeling very blessed to have joined the HOPE family!

IGA and HSE set up - Bakery

We started the training of our new IGA (Income Generating  Activity) and HSE (Health safety and Environment) manager. Muluneh will be working hard to make sure that our transition to becoming self-sustainable in Ethiopia will be a success… 

We started our first IGA program which is the opening of our HOPE bakery project. Hopethiopia has hired a professional baker to join us for training and testing of the equipment and the results were very delicious. Each morning hundreds of loaves of bread were made and given to the kids and Moms of the Children’s Village, as well as to our mission teams and then the rest was sold to the community. Hopethiopia will expand this project to provide a very stable source of bread to the community.

Iwacu HOPE Home Alumni Investment Group

A group of Iwacu HOPE Home alumni recently established a savings and loans group. With the goal of going beyond self-sufficiency to prosperity, the men ….

encourage each other to save money, provide small loans to those with short-term, immediate needs, create a shares-based cooperative, be a holistic support group for each other. Meeting weekly, these young men are committed to meet all their targets.

New Kid on the Block

“Kena” is our new child that has been accepted into the Children’s Village. He is very cute and loves to play with the other kids. He is already speaking a few words in English.

Business Development

Zerihun, the national Hopethiopia director, shows off the recently acquired professional licenses issued by the national Ministry of Health. This department of the government 

was helpful in assisting us to get the licenses. Now many processes are being modernized with online application formats, making future teams processes more streamlined and efficient.

Sweet Success

Now that the Hopethiopia biodiversity is exploding on our land due to reforestation and observation measures, our honey production has dramatically increased.

Mengistu (at night) in his bee suit is collecting honey. He was joined by “Andy” our second social worker and they moved hives to a central location as well they collected the Hope honey from modern and cultural hives. Here they showing off some honey in the modern hive frames.

Partnership with the International College of Dentists and to Henry Schein Inc.

Hopethiopia is very grateful for the partnership with the International College of Dentists and to Henry Schein Inc. for their generous support of the dental outreach programs in both rural and urban Ethiopia.

Thousands of dollars of supplies have been provided to assist the most marginalized populations in Ethiopia. Volunteer dentists and International College Fellows Dr. Colin Wiebe and Dr. Ralph Pisko-Dubienski were joined by a team of hygienists, support workers and volunteer dentists and dental students from Ethiopia.

Hope's Heros - Dieudonnéé

Dieudonné is one of HOPE’s outstanding men who have overcome great adversity. As a child, without family or dependable friends, he was forced to live on the streets. The harsh reality of street life led a rapid downward …

spiral into a dark, lonely and hopeless existence where drugs and alcohol offered a welcome escape. Being mandated to a government run program that provided substance abuse rehabilitation and vocational training, Dieudonné gratefully accepted the help. Upon graduation from the rehab program, he was one of thirty young men welcomed into HOPE’s home. During his six months living at Iwacu HOPE Home and committing to HOPE’s reintegration program, Dieudonné found family, purpose, strength, and courage. He made a choice to do life differently. HOPE helped him secure a job, constructing homes for genocide survivors where he was noticed by his managers and very quickly got a reputation for being an exceptionally hard and reliable worker. At the same time, he selectively sought out friends, looking for those who honestly cared about his well-being and would support his sobriety. Dieudonné was resolute in his life-giving choices. Dieudonné saved every franc he could. He invested in goats and then a cow, and his assets grew. Today, he is the proud owner of his own home. He bought land, and with the sweat of his brow, made bricks from the soil of his land and built an adobe house with an outdoor kitchen and latrine. Dieudonné is one of HOPE’s heroes!

World Mental Health Day

Hopethiopia/Rwanda wants to recognize and express great appreciation of its partner – Duhumurizanye Iwacu Rwanda* (DIR). Its gifted team sacrificially serves to provide counselling to our amazingly resilient beneficiaries.

Your inspired and gracious care facilitates healing that is nothing short of miraculous. Thank you, DIR! Turikumwe!* Duhumurizanye Iwacu roughly translates to “comfort each other in one’s community”

School supplies and clothing distribution

A very special thanks to Colin and Patty Wiebe for all the time given to select and purchase all the school supplies and clothing that were distributed this mission trip. (watch the video)

This trip was packed heavy with clothing and school supplies. It is always a very exciting day when the kids receive new cloths and school supplies to start the new school year.

Coffee plantation and Bio Diversity in Rwanda

We had a great time on the HER (Hopethiopia / Rwanda) land in Gahanga. We fully checked out the Love well to make sure that distribution to the community was going well. Many people came by to say hi and show their appreciation

for this wonderful gift of life to the community. A few lessons have been learned from the many years of community water distribution in Ethiopia that we can apply here. We then did some work on the coffee plantation. Lots of intense pruning and clean up that will improve the plant health and increase productivity. If all goes well we may have some “Hope brand “ to share with the world. Thousands of blossoms adorn the plants and it always is tough when one has to cut these away for the future health and growth of the plant. We learned about the Beaumont Fukunaga method of stumping and it will be interesting to see what happens as we add our permaculture knowledge provided by Kevin and Natalie. The last time that we did heavy pruning was with the 2019 dental team of Dr Colin, Patty, Miranda et al when we hosted a large dental mission trip before COVID. Spending time with the HER medicinal garden was really nice too  Glenda  and Joseph (one of Rwanda’s most knowledgeable and talented botanists) have worked hard to create a beautiful space for contemplation and appreciation that highlights many medicinal plants that can be naturally found on our HER land as well as from other parts of the country. This will become a showpiece for the land as well as a place of learning about the rich and important biodiversity of Rwanda.

Grad Celebrations

One of the more significant events of the week so far was the graduation ceremony of the women from HER “Kelly Drader Longview” training centre. 12 women graduated in tailoring and life skills from this class. It was a joy filled celebration of women coming from extremely marginalized backgrounds and for sure their lives have been changed in a very positive and transformative way.

Deep Water Well

Our new deep water “Love” well has been producing hundreds of thousands of liters of pure drinking water and this has truly been the gift of life to the local community of Gahanga. The medicinal garden has been growing with great abundance and it will be very exciting to see the progress …

over the last couple of months. Many people came by to say hi and show their appreciation for this wonderful gift of life to the community. A few lessons have been learned from the many years of community water distribution in Ethiopia that we can apply here

Welcome Rain

The last mission teams came back last June / early July and that was when the rainy season was to start in Ethiopia. Usually this rainy season is from mid-July to mid-September. However, for some reason Ethiopia was blessed with much earlier rains that made for a wet May and June. 

This was great news for our pasture grasses along with the forage crops that we planted. It also made for a great reforestation season, where we planted hundreds of thousands of seedlings. We also planted our new fruit orchard which is made up of; highland varieties of; oranges, mandarins, lemons, limes, peaches, pomegranates, avocado’s, and pears.  It will be exciting to see how all of these new seedlings are doing and hopefully in the future we will have some wonderful fruits available to our mission teams, the Children’s Village, and to the community

Join a team

Medical, Dental, Veterinary  and Eye clinics have been a large part of of the mission work this last year in both Ethiopia and Rwanda. We have an opportunity for people interested in joining an upcoming team.

A health, dental, and eye care team will be leaving on November 18th and will stay until December 2, 2023. We will spend one week at the project area of Harbu Chulule and one week in Addis Ababa. We will need some additional support team  members and if you have any interest and time to join us please let us know. You can reach me at my email or respond on the contact information below. Also the team is in need of some financial support for medicines, supplies etc. Donations can be made at the attached link. Many other teams be heading back to Ethiopia and Rwanda next year and you are always welcome to join us.

SPRINGS OF LIVING WATER !!!

Let the blessings continue to flow for Hopethiopia/Rwanda and all her neighbours! We were very blessed to drill our first water well…

on the new project land in Rwanda. We hit a very large aquifer and now have lots of water for future projects, and for distribution to the people living in the local project community. Water truly is the gift of life and we have been very blessed to be able to provide millions of litres of free drinking water over the years.

 

HOPEthiopia brings High School to Harbu Chulule

Top school in the region!   

HOPEthiopia built buildings, science and computer labs, libraries and desks to bring high school to Harbu Chulule. Today this school is #1 in the district of 40 schools. Ten percent of it’s graduates are now heading off to university.

Lives saved in rural Ethiopia!

Rabies vaccination program is saving human lives!   

Jan 2023 – Veterinarian Dr. Arynne Robinson has been treating animals in rural Ethiopia since 2018 for rabies. Before this program began it was reported that there were approx 500 cases…

of human post rabies vaccinations issued per year in this region and rabies is suspect in the deaths of 13-17 human lives each year. In 2022 there were zero reported cases of rabies in animals, a 100% program success. In 2022 there were also no reported cases of post rabies vaccination requests and there were zero reported cases of human death attributed to rabies according to the human health officer for this region.

Rwanda's new tailering students!

We want to introduce to our new Tailoring class for 2023.

This group of beautiful ladies will graduate in June of 2023

NOV 2022
 
Hopethiopia/Rwanda Hosts Dental Outreach in Rwanda
Pain alleviated and smiles restored!
Our mission to serve those who struggle to get dental care in Rwanda has been wonderfully successful!
 
                         WATCH VIDEO

Graduates from HOPE’s Kelly Drader Longview Training Centre were busy producing stunning, vibrant, unique masks for the Paul Hardy Mask Project. Over 3,000 masks created out of joyful, colourful African kitenge have been shipped to Canada for sale internationally! And as promised, for every mask made, a mask was created to be given to a local, as all Rwandans required are by law to wear a mask in public. So, our ladies made over 6,000 masks in just 5 weeks.

 This has proven to be the most fabulous opportunity for our ladies to learn production line assembly and advanced textile skills! Confidence has grown as they acquired new skills and became more proficient tailors. And when it finally sunk in that their products were being exported to and sold in Canada, they were so proud of themselves! The ladies began to believe there was nothing they couldn’t do.
 Hope has been restored and the ladies are dreaming again! Some imagined returning to school, while others saw investing in their own businesses. Saving has become a new habit – they now have money to save and they have something to save for!
 

Truly these women have been empowered through this opportunity.

 In response to hunger in urban Kigali exacerbated by COVID-19, HOPE offered a feeding program in its neighbourhood of Gahanga. For the 12 consecutive days, graduates of Iwacu HOPE Home served their neighbours and have come to know them more intimately than ever before. For not only did the feed 100 hungry children per day, but they also engaged with and encouraged their parents.

As it is mandatory to wear masks in Rwanda, outside the home, and many cannot afford such a luxury, our HOPE Home graduates also presented masks to participants, both parents and children. These beautiful masks were created by the graduates of HOPE’s Kelly Drader Longview Training Centre for Paul Hardy’s “Buy One; Give One!” project. Needless to say, these masks will grant them much more freedom of movement and permit easier engagement in every aspect of daily life.

OCT 2022

School feeding program in Ethiopia
Hopethiopia joins the Ethiopian government request for NGO’s to assist in the Elementary School Feeding program. All kids across the country will be fed in grades 1 to 4.
 
 

NOV 2022

Teaching opportunity in Kigali, Rwanda

The dental team had a great opportunity to teach the dental students and faculty at the Kigali Dental school. Dr. Colin Wiebe taught the basics of Periodontal treatment. The 3 hygienists provided education on topics of hygiene instrumentation etc. and Dr. Ralph Dubienski taught on “Best kept secrets of Dentistry”. A good time was had by all and the students had lots of excellent questions.

OCT 2022

Amazing forest growing in Ethiopia
Wow… what an amazing result, Hopethiopia is growing a beautiful forest on the Gong river valley where once there was nothing. No useful grass, no bushes, and no trees. 

Now with water conservation structures and much effort by a collaborative effort between Hopethiopia and the local communities of Harbu Chulule and Saddeen Sodo, we have a forest. The water table is returning with springs of water popping out of the hillside, many species of birds, plants, and animals are returning to the land, and with well managed agroforestation a long term plan of rehabilitation is now in place.Come visit Hopethiopia, volunteer on one of our many teams, and bring back great health as we work together to restore the environment.Hopethiopia would like to thank the many thousands of people that have helped us over the years to make this dream come to reality. Given a chance the environment can rebound and become a great place of health and healing.

The exquisite “Ladies of Hope,” the students of Kelly Drader Longview Training Centre in Kigali, have graduated! Though nervous about being paraded before their family and friends, their joy was palpable! Having completed their 10-month program that includes tailoring and embroidery skills, counselling, business training, and life skills, hope has been restored! These lovely ladies have endured much trauma and loss in their lives, but today marks a wondrous gain! Their futures and the futures of their children look so much brighter today.

And these sweet ladies did not claim all the glory. They lavished HOPE’s Dream Team, their teachers and fellow students with words of gratitude and thank you gifts. They are so appreciative for their contribution to their growth!

Thank you to our partners for their support! National Rehabilitation Services of Rwanda, Duhumurizanye Iwacu Rwanda, Love and Hands, and all of you HOPE supports … the success of these graduates is also your success. Turikumwe. Hobe cyane

SEPT 2022
 
Time for Grass Harvest
 
This year at Hopethiopia we had a great harvest of grass. One of the very significant issues in the rural communities of Ethiopia is severe overgrazing by animals that are left to graze in open areas. A much better practice that is used at Hopethiopia is rotational grazing which helps to protect the lands and allow them to heal properly. 

The huge harvest of grass will go to feed the dairy cow and other animals that we are raising.The Hopethiopia kids that live at our Children’s Village are thrilled to help our with the harvest.

Cultural evening in Ethiopia.
Harbu Chulule and the Woreda of Saddeen Soddoo has a department of Culture and Tourism that is promoting the local Oromo culture. They organized a wonderful evening of dance, song, and cultural sharing which was a wonderful opportunity for the Hopethiopia mission team to experience. This combined with excellent local Hebesha food prepared by our cooks made for a great experience. The performance crew also made some beautiful handcrafts which were quickly purchased by the visiting mission team. Well done to the dancers and singers and continued success in the future.
Mission in a Mission
Every year the Children and House Mother’s of the Hopethiopia Children’s Village like to go on a mission trip to serve those that are in great need.
On this occasion the kids went to Sebetta to spend some time with the kids of the Oromia Children’s Transition Centre. There is only one such facility for the millions of people that live in the Oromia Region. 

The Hopethiopia kids had a wonderful time playing with a huge parachute, soccer, frisbee’s, balls etc. They interacted well together and it was a wonderful time for all

Dental and Eye Surgery clinics Ethiopia Nov 2022
Hopethiopia has been very busy with the dental and eye clinics in the Saddeen Soddo area in SW Ethiopia. There is great need and thousands of people have been showing up for free treatment. It really has been wonderful to interact with the people and the administrations of the area have been super helpful. A great campaign with excellent success.
Budding new Veterinarian – Oct 2022
“Kisso” is one of the kids that has lived for a number of years at the Hopethiopia Children’s Village. All of our kids live in very loving homes and each home has a House mother and a number of kids living together in a “family” style relationship. Each child comes from an orphaned or abandoned situation and they are now very happy and well loved.
Kisso has always shown a great aptitude for animals and he has become a resident expert on critters. Dr. Arynne, our USA based veterinarian has recognized this gift and has now taken him under her wing to motivate and educate him in his passion.
Ivermectin in Ethiopia. October 2022
 
Our young budding veterinarian Kisso, one of the kids from the Hopethiopia Children’s Village learns all that he can from Dr. Arynne, veterinarian from USA.
Here they provide Ivermectin and other medications to deworm and remove parasites that will significantly improve the health of livestock.
Extraordinary generosity
 
A great many thanks go out to CEO Pat Ward of Painted Pony Energy, Kate Gernat, and the whole team for their recent outpouring of great generosity during their hosting of the Hopethiopia Charity Calendar event.
This event was the ninth year that they have held the event with over $1,000,000.00 being raised for the Hopethiopia projects in Ethiopia and Rwanda during that time. The event was very well attended and supported by the Calgary, Canada community.
 
Pat also was honoured by receiving an award from the Calgary Police department for his leadership in Calgary fundraising activities.
A great many thanks also go out to the very talented artist Paul Van Ginkel for his amazing contributions to the art world and particularly for using his talents to promote and support Hopethiopia. His painting of Hopethiopia’s Children’s Village young girl “Senna” capture the beauty of the precious children of Ethiopia.
Dr. Arynne – Rabies campaign Ethiopia Sept 2022
 
Hopethiopia is back in Ethiopia conducting our Rabies campaign. Unfortunately Rabies is a very big concern in Ethiopia and thus we have made it a priority to immunize as many dogs and cats in the local area.
This does to be a nationwide campaign to halt the rapid spread.
Dr. Arynne was also teaching students in the local elementary schools about Rabies and its impact and dangers on society. You can see the kids bringing many dogs and cats to the clinics. She will also teach the kids about some other important Veterinary subjects such as parasite control and the importance of colostrum for newborn animals.
Hopethiopia’s favourite Social worker gets married.
 
A huge congratulations goes out to Mengistu and Almaz as they were recently married. Mengistu has been our Social Worker for a few years and is very much loved by the kids and Mom’s at the Children’s Village, and by our staff and mission teams.
Many they be blessed with much love and a very happy life together.
Dr. Arynne, the Hopethiopia Veterinarian, has now started up an exercise program for the House Mom’s at the Hopethiopia Children’s Village. The Mom’s are having lots of fun and getting fit at the same time.
 
Well done Dr. Arynne.
 

September, 2022.    School awards          

Back to school Ethiopia
The kids are back to school in Ethiopia. Hopethiopia is very pleased to say that the kids in the Children’s Village are star performers in the school. Fortunately, they all have access to solar lighting 24/7 allowing them to study at anytime. 

Hopethiopia is able to provide many additional benefits like the frequent Zoom guest teachers with programs from around the world, supplementary teacher mentoring from the local schools, volunteer team interaction with lots of language, IT, media, and cultural education. These added benefits are a great help to the kids and shows up by their amazing scholastic aptitude and desire. 

May 1, 2022.    Sea Can Arrival          

Finally, after 2 years of work we were able to ship and receive our 40 foot Seacan container onsite in Ethiopia. Covid caused a number of significant issues with shipping and worldwide container shortages, but with hard work and creativity we managed to get the container delivered on time at the Hopethiopia project site in Ethiopia.

A huge thank you to Rick Theriau and the international shipping team at DSV Air and Sea Inc. for making this process seemless. Rick collected 22 unique agricultural implements over the last 2 years, most of which are not available and have never been seen in Ethiopia.

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Team visits the Koshe Garbage dump in Addis Ababa.
 
The mission team of Dr. Asrat (Ethiopian cataract surgeon), Kevin (permaculture specialist and blockchain expert), Rick (Engineer and agricultural expert), Zerihun (Hopethiopia national director), Dan (South Sudan horticulture specialist), and Ralph spent some time on a few visits at the Koshe dump. This is one of the biggest urban garbage sites in Africa and it borders the home of 6,500 leprosy victims.

There is massive opportunity in this area and Hopethiopia will be starting an 18 month pilot project to provide Eye surgeries, dental surgeries, psychiatric assistance, urban gardening and economic opportunities. While this is going on we hope to conduct a detailed 18 month research project, involving a team of Canadian and Ethiopia senior scientists to study the impact of Covid-19 on female leprosy victims.

April 19, 2022 

The activity at the Reforestation nursery was very busy as we are into the height of the growing season. Hundreds of thousands of seedlings are being produced and we are getting ready for the installation of one of the very first solar irrigation systems in the country. At the moment, our 17 staff workers water the trees twice a day with watering cans for an hour at a time. The solar system will eliminate this need and they will be able to concentrate on more productive activities that will enhance our environmental program. 

We have now been operating this reforestation program for 11 years and the impact has been very great on the community with small forests growing everywhere, a huge uptick in biodiversity with many birds and plants returning, and springs of water that have popped out of the ground as the water table rises.

March 23, 2022
Agricultural Implements soon to be on the way to Ethiopia.
 
For over 1 year we have been gathering farming implements to send over to assist with the Hopethiopia Agricultural training and restoration programs in Ethiopia. Most agriculture in the area is done with ox and plough on small subsistence farms and we are hoping to be able to restore the soils to a much healthier and more productive situation. 
The 40′ container is being loaded onto the ship and contains over 22 implements of every kind to assist us with our efforts. The ship should arrive in Djibouti in 1 1/2 months and then be shipped to Addis Ababa and then the the Hopethiopia project site in Harbu Chulule. This will be a very exciting and transformative time for the community.
Feb, 2022
 
Volunteer Mission team arrives in Ethiopia
 
Finally after 2 years of delay, due to the Covid pandemic, we are very excited to welcome our first Volunteer mission team back to Ethiopia. Dave, Luwii, Dr. Arynne, arrived from the Canada and the USA. The team was greeted with much enthusiasm by the kids and house mom’s of the Hopethiopia Children’s Village. Now we are on the move and welcoming back the many teams that will be joining us in the coming months.
Feb 2022
 
HOPEthiopia/Rwanda receives it’s first mission team in 2 years.
 
The World Race Team, “The Golden Girls,” have joined us to serve the disenfranchised youth of Rwanda. As with every team, we start by visiting the memorials and honouring Rwanda’s losses. This made for a heavy-hearted day, but it was a blessed reminder of our connectedness and the truth that “if one part suffers, every part suffers with it.”
Feb, 2022
 
Gold Status achieved
 
Graduates of the very first Hopethiopia Trades Training program have now received Gold Certification as a “Days For Girls” Social Enterprise.
After graduating their 1 year tailoring, leather craft, and jewelry program, Fantu, Meskerem, and a few other women set up a women’s business cooperative “The Abdi women’s business cooperative” allowing them to produce their own goods and to become independently successful entrepreneurs. However, this was also the time that the Covid pandemic hit the world, shutting down all volunteer mission teams, and caused great economic challenges in Ethiopia. These times of great challenge are also potential great opportunities and the Hopethiopia team stepped up to meet the need.
JoAnne Molnar Etienne, who has pioneered the Days for Girls program at the Hopethiopia/Rwanda projects in Rwanda, put in an application in December 2020 with Days for Girls for the Abdi Cooperative to enter the training program in order to receive Gold status and to become a registered DfG Social Enterprise in Ethiopia. Our local team of Redwan Abdella (Hopethiopia women’s trainer), Megersa Wysa (Hopethiopia Children’s Village Director), and Mengistu Bedada (Hopethiopia Social worker) all worked very hard to help JoAnne in the training and certification program.
After 1 year of very hard work in a unique internet based training program, numerous online connection challenges in rural Ethiopia, and the Covid pandemic, the women have finally received their Gold Certification as a DfG Social Enterprise.
This Enterprise will be the very first DfG Social Enterprise in Ethiopia with a population of almost 120 million people. This is a massive opportunity for the women as they will now be able to produce certified reusable and washable feminine hygiene kits. In the words of JoAnne
“There are so many girls and women to serve, teach and celebrate the beauty of menstruation and womanhood. No more shame and days lost to unmanaged periods. Days for Girls washable feminine hygiene kits will change that allowing girls to attend school and women to work when they have their period. Did you know that girls/women menstruate on average for 3000 days, over 8 years of their life?”
We are very grateful for all the hard work, passion, and enthusiasm that JoAnne put in to make this become a reality. She is a wonderful individual with a huge heart and we will be very excited for her to finally come to Ethiopia and to meet the women that she has worked so hard with.
In just over 2 weeks a volunteer team from Canada and the USA will be finally back in Ethiopia to provide the women with the official certificate of Gold certification. The future is looking very bright for the women in both Ethiopia and Rwanda and we are thrilled that they have received this recognition and such a wonderful opportunity to improve their lives. The future is looking very bright

October 04, 2021

Dear Hopethiopia friends and encouragers,

One of the main purposes of our trip to Rwanda and Ethiopia was for Glenda and myself to get a feel for what the situation is actually like on the ground, what it takes to get around during COVID, and what  protocols we need to put into place before mission and volunteer teams can return.

Overall we found the situation to be quite safe. The number of COVID cases and deaths in both Rwanda and Ethiopia seem to be far less than in Canada, although it is unclear what the testing rates are really like and how accurate the stats are. Moving around was very open and we just needed to follow most of the same procedures as in Canada such as social distancing and wearing masks etc. Most local people abided by these rules as penalties can be very high. Also the vaccine rates are increasing and most people in the urban areas can get a vaccine if they want one. It will take some time for this to filter down to the rural populations

After a very busy two weeks in Rwanda, we flew to Ethiopia and it was a very interesting time as the Addis Ababa city administration was established for the next five years. Our Hopethiopia close friend and supporter, Adanech, was voted to stay on as mayor and she is a great representative for the country. For sure she is one of the top officials in the country and very highly respected.

The first few days in Addis were very busy with meetings. It is the end of the rainy season in Ethiopia (July to September) so the climate was very nice and moderate with temperatures in the mid 20’s.

Not having been back to Ethiopia for 18 months it is amazing to see the changes that have occurred. The country is becoming more “green” as the reforestation and environmental programs are increasing with a vision to plant billions of trees in the next few years. Many parks have been built in Addis Ababa, and the skyline is changing dramatically. I have always appreciated the beauty of Kigali, Rwanda as they have paid great attention to detail and the beautification of the city. It now appears to be the turn of Addis as it is becoming a jewel in Africa showing what can be done when there is vision and commitment.

Since Hopethiopia’s vision is to help bring transformation to the lives of orphaned children, abandoned and widowed women, we were invited to visit the state-run regional orphan and child care centre. This facility was previously run by a US-based NGO that was involved in the international adoption of children. Due to very significant problems in the overall process, the Ethiopian government totally shut down these adoptions and now orphans must stay in the country and either go back to their relatives (if there are any), go into programs and facilities like Hopethiopia, enter a state-run Regional centre, or be adopted locally. Our good friend Minase now runs the regional facility. I had a wonderful time visiting with the children and staff as they were very sweet and interested to learn about Canada and what we do at Hopethiopia.  They really need prayer as they face very challenging conditions. We would be happy to help this Regional centre.  God does hear the prayers of the marginalized and disadvantaged, and I am sure that together great progress can be made.  The facility has huge potential and a large compound for their operations. There is a great opportunity to make the lands productive and we will help them to become a bit more self-sufficient which will help them practically as well as teach the kids some great skills for their future. 

We are also planning on bringing the Hopethiopia kids (of the Children’s Village) and the house moms and staff on a mission trip to play sports, do crafts, sing songs and just have a great time of sharing with the kids at the Regional centre. This will be sure to bring hope and love to the kids that are in desperate need of encouragement. We try to take our kids on regular mission trips as they must also be involved in serving the poor and disadvantaged. Scripture tells us that True religion is to take care of (visit) the widows and the orphans… James 1:27.  Also Luke 10:27 tells us that we must love the Lord… love our neighbors… and love ourselves. So that is what we do and the kids are super excited to serve.

Speaking of our kids, after more than 1 ½ years it was time to return to our Project site in Ethiopia. No mission team has been there for over 18 months and much has changed in the local community and with the kids at the Children’s village.

The first huge change is that the extremely rough road that we used to travel on for the last 12 years has been graded and asphalted.  https://youtu.be/HwmvVSYsMEw This 25 km stretch of road between the main road to Addis and our community has always been difficult to travel on and has caused much punishment to our Hilux truck. Usually we have to replace the tires 3 to 4 times a year due to severe wear, not to mention all the constant damage to every other part of the vehicle. Now we have one of the best roads in Ethiopia. It was a joy to experience the improvement which has cut down the travel time for this part of the journey significantly.

When we arrived at the Hopethiopia project site the kids were ready to greet us at the volunteer home.  https://youtu.be/4_nOzRdYTSc  It was a very exciting and emotional time with the kids all dressed up with signs, banners, singing, and a sense of relief that things might be returning to normal. The other obvious change was that the kids had all grown so much since the last time we had seen them!

After a time of greeting and catching up on life, we had a small welcoming party and passed along all the sponsor letters to the kids. They were all thrilled to get their individual treasures and we are very grateful to all of the sponsors that took the time to communicate.

A few important items were brought in our luggage such as soccer balls and crafts. The kids immediately went out to play soccer and had a great rest of the day. Since no mission teams have been visiting for so long the kids have not really had to use the English language much and they are looking forward to the return of teams. 

Thank you for all the prayers and encouragement to the kids and house moms, they really appreciate it.  And a great many thanks to all of you that have been supporting us in so many ways. It is very much appreciated.  If you feel prompted to support our work financially, you can do so through CanadaHelps.orgat https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/hopethiopia/ .

Certainly things are looking very promising in the world as we get the vaccines out to the global population and the situation in Ethiopia and Rwanda is stabilizing. We are hoping to see the return of many mission teams in the future and Hopethiopia will do this in the right way.

June 20th, 2021

The new enterprise of the grads of the first tailoring graduating class is up and running. Some of the girls are already wearing their new skirts to school!
 
 

May 18th, 2021

Dear friends and encouragers of Hopethiopia, Hope abounds all around us and certainly there are lots of positive opportunities on the horizon. Summer is getting closer to us in the northern hemisphere, leaves and flowers are appearing everywhere, and days are getting longer.  Many more people are receiving their COVID-19 vaccines and one can sense the situation seems to be easing in many places around the world. That will mean that once we receive our second vaccines, Glenda and I will hopefully soon after be travelling back to Ethiopia and Rwanda. Once we give the “all clear” then mission teams will resume.

I know that for many of you this will be a great relief as you have been waiting so long to return to the places that you love. The kids and staff in Ethiopia cannot wait since they have not seen anyone for about 15 months.
       Many things are also getting going in both of our project locations. In Rwanda, the Women’s Trades Training Program will soon resume and the Men’s Hope Home has received new men from Iwawa island.
       In Ethiopia, we will also soon be starting our Women’s Trades Training Program. There is tremendous progress at our reforestation nursery and we are getting ready for the planting time of mid-July until mid-September. 

Also we will be drilling two shallow water wells for the nearby communities. These communities are desperate for water and we have committed to help them out with 60 m deep wells that will use a hand pump to draw the water. We are planning to start drilling the wells later this coming week. Please join us in prayer with our global community that the process will go smoothly, that the equipment and weather will cooperate, and that the gift of life, fresh pure drinking water, will be released to these communities. We will keep you updated with the progress of these wonderful opportunities.

As was the case with the “Faith Well”, our very first well that we drilled in September 2011, “Faith is being sure of what you hope for and being certain of what you cannot see”. (Hebrews 11:1)   When we drill a well we have no idea what is actually below the ground, however, with faith we are certain about what we cannot see. This is always a great adventure of faith and expectation for so many people. So once again we ask you, our friends and partners around the world, to join us in praying for the same outcome, a successful water well.
        Hopefully later this year we will also start our first water project in Rwanda. That will be an amazing blessing to our land and to the local community who is also in great need of water.
       Many thanks for all the prayers and encouragement and we continue to give all the Glory to God.