Archive for November, 2009

Two additions to the CCCE family!

This week, a brother and sister were admitted to CCCE.  Tesfahun, a six year old boy, and Dushure, a five year old girl, come from Bugee, about 40 km from Soddo.  Teshahun’s and Dushure’s mother died and their father is ill with epilepsy and is not able to care for them.






Sam and Noah report that both children have had a few adjustment issues this week but are getting better every day. Frequently, the children are bewildered and confused when they first come to CCCE.  They adapt amazingly quickly.

If you are interested in sponsoring one of these children, please contact our volunteer administer – Robin Browning. Her email address is  Sponsorship is currently $800 per year.  We also request that you write your child occasionally and send 2 -3 small packages a year.




A busy week for Team Sam and Noah in Soddo

It has been a very busy first week for Sam and Noah at CCCE.  They have spent time getting to know the children and staff. Sam and Noah have also accomplished many tasks this week.  The most important news is that a Nanny Nurse has been hired to help care for the toddlers and to help with the health needs of all the children.  Her name is Sister (for nurse) Hannah.  She is a degreed clinical nurse. She started Thursday and has already set up the toddler room and started teaching the toddlers the importance of good hygiene (aka – taking baths or showers and wearing clean clothes!).

Sam, Sister Hannah, and Noah

Sam and Noah have begun English lessons with the children and have been helping with homework to evaluate the academic progress of the children.  They also have taught the children an “animal imitation” game.  Noah reports that this is very funny to play with the children and has been a great bonding exercise.

Sam and Noah continue the tradition of Friday movie night (started by Allie).  They watched Finding Nemo last week which was enjoyed by all.


Delu, Asrat, Yamenesh, Sam, Konjit, Noah, and Nebiyu

Asrat, Nebiyu, Konjit, Noah, Yamenesh, Delu, and Michael

I spoke with Sam and Noah this morning.  They sound great – very happy and enthusiastic.  They are very impressed with the children and staff of CCCE.  Everyone has been very helpful and welcoming.  They are inspired by the church service the children have every night.

Sam and Noah inspire me and I think Aerie Africa and CCCE are blessed to have Sam and Noah working for us.



November 2009 Trip To Soddo

I (Terri) just returned from a quick trip to Soddo to visit the CCCE orphanage and Aerie Transition homes.  I spent 2 1/2 fantastic days with the children and staff.  I met our three new children:  Hanna – 6 years old, Konjit – 3 years old, and Yamanesh – 2 years old.  They are happy, healthy, little girls.








All children except the two littlest and three oldest are going to school.  Abebech is working as a nanny at a baby orphanage.  Messele works at the same orphanage as a guard. Afework is working for Dr. Bower at Soddo Christian Hospital where he makes eyeglass lenses.  Israel continues in teacher’s college in Arba Minch.  Asfaw has begun study to become a paralegal.  Asrat, Assigid, Michael, Wobeshet, Damenech, and Yodit are in preparatory school for university.  The other children are in classes ranging from pre-K to 10th grade.




Many improvements have been made to the CCCE grounds.  We now have a hyena proof fence around our entire property.  A thatched covered patio has been built.   We have added a large vegetable garden, a chicken coop, and a sheep shed shed and pasture.  The children have planted over 20 banana trees.  This fall, the garden yielded corn, squash, cucumbers, and cabbage.   The children have daily chores including working in the vegetable garden and caring for the sheep and chickens.   Our goal is to teach responsibility and life skills with the CCCE “farm”.




Sheep in Sheep Shed

The big news is the arrival of Noah Frank and Sam Hartman.  These two amazing young men will be working at CCCE for two years.  Noah is from the San Francisco area and Sam is from Seattle.  They will be responsible for staff training,  English lessons, and general oversight of the CCCE and Aerie Transition Home children.  Sam and Noah arrived on Wednesday, November 11.  We were all excited to greet them.

I departed on Thursday once again overwhelmed by the spirit of the children and the staff.  They are joyous, generous, and loving.  I left determined to do all I can do to help Aerie Africa and CCCE succeed at their mission to improve the lives of children in Ethiopia.


Adanceh with new water filters


Banchiwosen playing the flute

Play Time

Play Time