Archive for January, 2010

We Need Your Help!

The first aid and supply rooms at CCCE are almost finished.  We need your help to stock these rooms.  Please consider sending a box of supplies to CCCE.  We need:

  • Ibuprofen
  • Benadryl tablets
  • Benadryl cream
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Band Aids (all sizes)
  • Elastic roller (Ace) bandages
  • Disposable gloves
  • Wet wipes
  • Instant cold compresses
  • Pull Ups for 2 – 3 year olds (for night time  use)
  • Sanitary pads for girls
  • New towels
  • New sheets for twin beds
  • Girl and boys underwear (all sizes)

Anything you can send will be greatly appreciated.  Please send your box to:

Noah Frank
c/0 Children’s Cross Connection, Ethiopia
P.O. Box 264
Soddo, Wolaitta
Parcels must be sent by airmail from a US Post Office (no UPS or FedEx in Soddo!).  Boxes are relatively expensive to ship so we recommend that you keep your box small.  The value should not be more than $30.  Please email me ( when you send your box.  I will notify Noah and let you know when it is received.

The children and staff of CCCE thank you in advance.

Hanna and Yodit (our cashier and big sister to the little girls)

Serkalem, Messeret Y, and Etanesh (House Mother)

2010 Goals

We have many exciting goals for CCCE and Aerie Africa for 2010.

We will graduate three of our young adults from the program in July.  Abebech, Afework, and Mesele will graduate. In July, they will have been working in full time jobs for over two years. Henok, Sam, and Noah have been preparing them for living in the community. These are our first graduates from the program.


Also in July, we will move our next group of young adults to the Aerie Transition Homes.  Adenech, Yodit, Asrat, Tesfahun, Assigid, and Mendahun will be moving.  They all are excited and ready for a bit more freedom.

Mendahun in 2008

Our goal is to bring in 15 new children this year. We believe that we can expand our nest and provide a home to more children in desperate need who have lost their parents and do not have relatives who can care for them. We will need sponsors for these new children. If you are interested, please contact Janice Mack at

This year we will make more improvements to the CCCE facility.  Currently, Sam and Noah are supervising the construction of a first aid room and supply room.  These will give us a place to treat children who are ill and some much needed supply space.  We will also paint most of the facility, install screens on all the windows (very much needed to keep out all sort of nasty bugs), construct a guard house at the entrance to the facility, and create flower gardens around the grounds.

CCCE Dorm Building

We will increase the CCCE staff in 2010.  We hope to hire one additional Nanny Nurse, a Head Nurse, and a Gardener (who will help teach the children gardening and animal husbandry skills).

Thanks to the support of our sponsors and benefactors,we are able to continue to provide a loving, warm nest to 52 children (64 by year end)!

Pictures from Allie’s and Bob’s Trip to CCCE

Allie Sebree and Bob Devine just returned from a two week trip to CCCE in Soddo.  Following are a few pictures from their trip.

Helen B

Helen F and Allie

Samirawit, Yamenesh, Belin in Toddler's Room


Cool Aba

Asrat and Bob

Asnake, Banchiwosen, Merdekyose

The Twins - Konjit and Bercate

Tesfahun - One of our newest children


Belin, Hanna, Yamenesh

Zalieke, Aba, Hanna, Selamawit, Bob at Cafe

Merry Ethiopian Christmas!!!

Tomorrow, Ethiopia celebrates Christmas.  Today, the celebrations at CCCE began with the dedication of the well and a Christmas Eve party. The local faranji (American and European foreigners are called faranji in Ethiopia) were invited to join our children, staff, Allie, Noah, and Sam. CCCE had visitors from the US, Norway, and South Africa.  These faranji are doctors and their families who work at Soddo Christian Hospital.  Visit to learn about the wonderful work these doctors are accomplishing.

The festivities began with the dedication of the well.

Water Flowing from the Well!

Allie Demonstrating The Pump

The celebration continued with the distribution of the gift bags from St. Peter’s.  The children loved their gifts and were excited to receive such wonderful presents.   The festivities concluded with a picnic and a traditional goat roast.

Meaza Cooking