Archive for April, 2010

Aerie Transition Home

During the recent mission trip, the team visited the Aerie Transition Home.  When the children turn 18 years old, they move to the Aerie Transition Home the July after their 18th birthday. The girls currently in the home are Abebech, Damenech, and Meaza.  The boys are Afework, Asfaw, Messele, Michael L, Tariku, Yaikobe,  and Wobueshet.  Israel is attending college in Arba Minch.  The goal of the transition homes is to teach the children independence by giving them a modest amount of freedom and budget responsibilities.

The program has been very successful.  This first group of young adults moved out of CCCE in 2008. They were scared and we were worried.  They have done great. Each young adult receives 300 birr per month and has managed his/her budget for food and daily living necessities (CCCE pays the rent and utilities).  They come back to CCCE every week to perform six hours of service work and often join the CCCE family for holidays and celebrations.

Abebech, Afework, and Messele have been working for two years.  They graduate from the program in July.  Sam and Noah have been working with them to prepare for this big step.  Janice reports that they are ready to move and seem excited about this final step.

In July, Adanech, Assigid, Asrat, Mendahun, and Yodit move to the transition home.  The home is a duplex with the boys and girls each having their separate spaces.

Damenech outside the Aerie Transition Home

Aerie House - Boys Side

Aerie House - A Girl's Bedroom

Messele outside of Aerie Transition Home

Sam getting water from the well at the Aerie Transition Home

Pictures from April 2010 Mission Trip

Janice Mack, Conor Hanlon, and Jerry and Stacey McLaughlin visited CCCE earlier this month.  They had a wonderful trip.  I will post a report from Janice in the next couple of weeks.  Enjoy pictures from their trip!

On the road from Addis to Soddo

Typical hut for an extended family

Cooking is done inside the hut in the center of the floor. Smoke escapes through the thatch.

CCCE Orphanage - Always a welcome sight after a 6 - 8 hour drive

Lucy and Helen playing after school

Biniam and Tigabu with stickers

Tesfanesh, Helen, and Mimilla with new shirts


Michael and Adisu


Damenech, Janice, and Meaza

Adisu, Berket, and Faris

Conor with the kids on the playground

Konjit pretending to talk on a cell phone (in English!)

Habitamu and Abayneh in new shirts

Asfaw and Janice


Konjit, Banchiwosen, and Belan (aka Nanni) in the nursery

Afework graduates from the program in July. He is working full time at the eye clinic. We are proud of him!

More pictures to come.  Please check back.


Sam Hartman is playing with the Soddo Christian Hospital Football Team or as we Americans call it Soccer Team.    He joined the team shortly after he arrived in Soddo.  The team has been in several tournaments and Sam has become a local celebrity.  The pictures make me smile.  If you click on each picture, you can see an enlarged picture.

Soddo Christian Hospital Football Team

The boys at CCCE  love to play football.  They play in a field beside the orphanage.  We hope to improve this field in the near future.

Warm Ups

New IX

The Ethiopian government has been inspecting and evaluating the orphanages in their country over the last six months.  The CCCE orphanage was re-licensed in December 2009 and received glowing reviews from the government.  The government said CCCE is a model for other organizations and demonstrates how a home should be managed.  We at Aerie Africa are grateful especially to Henok Desta for his hard work in ensuring CCCE is compliant with all the governmental requirements and his commitment to ensuring that the children have a wonderful home.

Henok Desta - CCCE Executive Director - with new license

Moving the children out of the old orphanage

Not all orphanages have fared as well as CCCE.  Two weeks ago the government inspected a small orphanage in Soddo and decided to close the orphanage because of the physical and financial conditions.  The government requested CCCE to take nine of the children. These children met CCCE’s health admission criteria and ranged in age from 7 years old to 11 years old.  CCCE had capacity for the children and welcomed the children. Eleven younger children were moved to an orphanage that adopts children internationally.

Moving the children

Sam and Noah report the children have adapted amazingly to CCCE and are rapidly becoming part of the CCCE family.  It sounds like everyone handled the move well with just a little grumbling from the CCCE older children because the commotion disrupted their studies.

The New Children

Adisu Ayele, 8 year old boy

Amodar Biniyam, 10 year old girl

Biniam Yemar, 7 year old boy with CCCE pet monkey

Firehiwot Yimer, a 10 year old girl

Melkam Wajan, 7 year old boy

Sebsibe Kefyalw, 9 year old boy

Tigabu Matalo, 10 year old boy, on CCCE playground

Weynishet Kefyalw, 11 year old female, sorting lentils

Not pictured is Mekdas Biniam, an 8 year old girl.  We’ll get her picture up soon.

We need sponsors for these children.  Please consider helping.  Sponsoring a child is a very rewarding experience and makes a tremendous difference for a little soul in Ethiopia.  If you are interested or have questions, please contact Janice Mack at

Please keep all in your prayers.  Happy Easter to you and your families!