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For: Orphanages in Ethiopia
Ethiopia
Organizer: Jennifer McCullough
$5,659
of $50,000 goal.
Raised by 67 donors
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My name is Jen McCullough and I am an Army wife from New Orleans.  Since I was in high school at the Academy of Sacred Heart, I have given my time, money and supplies to people in need and I continue to do it today.   I married a guy in the US Army and we are now Diplomats in Ethiopia. With every posting I take on an orphanage to make a difference in the lives of the children and to try and help give them a better future.  Here in Ethiopia, the situation is really bad, we are in a State of Emergency.  There is fighting and shooting all over the country, children are starving and dying due to conditions, lack of food and getting caught in the crossfire. I have taken it upon myself to try and help an orphanages in Ethiopia, but I cannot do it alone.It would be great you could help out and leave a footprint here in Ethiopia. ***Note: 100% of your donations goes directly to the children and photos will follow upon our return!  Follow my mission on Facebook at: Orphanage Outreach Addis Ababa   https://www.facebook.com/groups/891040101019461/

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 2, 2017

Posted on March 2, 2017

Mike and I went this morning to the orphanage to drop off much needed fruits, vegetables and water.   A HUGE THANK YOU to those who sent me funds the last 2 days so that we can provide the much needed items for these children's health and well being!    

Posted on March 2, 2017

Posted on March 2, 2017

Last night Mike and I had the orphanage director and social worker over for dinner to sit down and talk about everything they are trying to do to help the children of Ethiopia and we found out a whole lot.

Covenant Orphanage is located in Holeta has 13 kids.  We are looking for sponsor’s for monthly support to help them out.  The monthly support need is $50 a month per child.  Their monthly needs are: fresh fruits & veggies, eggs, formula & diapers (for 1), beans, rice, pasta, sugar, cooking oil, cleaning products and toiletries

Holeta Kindergarten is located a mile from the orphanage.  They give education to children 4-6 years of age and this is a very poor area in Ethiopia.   There are 147 children in kindergarten.  Their monthly needs are: feeding the kids 1 meal a day (to include milk & eggs), teacher’s salary (4 teachers X 1,000 birr ($50 USD) a month=$200 a month for teachers’ salary),  school supplies and toiletries (soap for washing up, cleaning desk & plates)

Military School-This is a school on the Ethiopian military base in Holeta and they allow the older children to go to school there.   For 7 children from Covenant Orphanage to go to this school there, it is 1,500birr ($150) for all of them PER month. 

Sponsorships throughout Ethiopia- While the director has given a safe and nice home to the 13 orphans that she takes care of and opening the local kindergarten to give education to the young and less fortunate, she also sponsors 150 children throughout Ethiopia (Holeta, Wolitz, Shone & Ambo).     She also helps with in orphanage in Southern Nations with 15 children from the ages of newborn to 13 years old.      At this current time, she has friends in the US and with the Church here that sponsor these children at $20 a month.  This covers the necessary things to survive. 

As you can see, this orphanage director is spreading her resources and donations thin to give the children of Ethiopia a chance at a good life and education.   She is having a really hard time staying afloat and getting donations to support all of these children.  She does get some support from friends in the US and from her church family here, but it is still not enough!!!    Though the above seem like a lot, if all of it was added up, they only need $4,000USD per month to cover all of this!!!!!   For all of these children and the support that Pochie is trying to give these children (325 children + 4 teachers), $4,000 a month is nothing!!!   It would be great if a club, school, church, business or NGO would want to either sponsor a child or donate 1 full month of needs.  We can all make a difference together! 


Posted on February 28, 2017

Posted on February 28, 2017

It has been over 2 weeks since we have last received a donation.   It is crucial times right now even more so as Ethiopia has fallen into drought and it effects everything form drinking water & crops, to livestock and daily life.   I have less than $30 for food & diapers this week and on top of that I need to buy water so that the already effected do not die from dehydration.    If you could please find it in your heart and in your wallets to help the children of Holeta!     Also, if you could PLEASE spread the word, at this time to keep the donations coming in and giving them monthly support, I am looking for people to sponsor a child or two (or the whole orphanage).    Please help me help these children and make a difference!

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