Archive for March, 2011

Gardening in Soddo

Last week during our Friday Family Program, each family group planted vegetable seeds in their very own garden plot!

Etete's CCC family planting seeds

These seeds were provided by my generous mother, Barb Brister. She was concerned about the lack of fresh vegetables in the Ethiopian diet that she experienced in her visit to Soddo, and snail-mailed some seeds to me, her daughter and renown unenthusiastic gardener. So, as the rains are coming, I happily donated the seeds to the CCC family gardens.

Aster The Gardener

Each CCC family has about 7 children in it, and at least one staff member. The idea behind the program is to ensure that each child has a better chance of experiencing the closeness and attention of a regular family size. The staff member in each family is asked to pay special attention to “their” children’s academics, emotions, behavior, and spiritual life.

We planted spinach, lettuce, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrots.These garden plots will provide each family with a specific responsibility to care for as a team, a fun activity to do, and a goal to reach together. And, if all goes well, some fresh vegetables!

Dushure with seeds

Desta's CCC Family's Plot


















Post written by Katie.   Thank you Katie and thank you Mrs. Brister for the seeds!

Academic Success!

At a recent Family Program, some of the CCC children were recognized for their academic achievements in their first semester of school this year.  Our kids work hard in their various classes and seven students have been recognized as being top students in their specific grades:

In KG-3 (the third level of kindergarten, the grade right before Grade 1), Aragesh is ranked FIRST in her class. She attends the Hopeful Generation School, and her class size is around 55 students.

Aragesh and Katie

In Grade 1, at Oxnard Youth Academy, Merdekios is ranked FIRST in his class! His sister, Banchiwosen is ranked THIRD, and Mekdes is FOURTH. Their class size is 44 students total.

Merdekios and Chu Chu

Banchiwosen and Belenesh

Mekdes and Etete









Also at Oxnard, Omodar is ranked FIRST, and her good friend, Waynashet, is ranked THIRD in Grade 3. Their class size is also 44 students.

Omodar and Sister Helen

One of the newest additions to CCC, Grima, is ranked THIRD out of 90 students total, in his Grade 9 class at Bogale Walelu High School.

Grima and Katie

In front of the whole CCC community, each of these distinguished scholars received pants or shoes (or both!) as a reward for their diligence and success. Hopefully, recognizing good academic habits in this way will result in a culture of true learning and scholastic excellence.  A big thanks to sponsors who provide the funding and encouragement that makes it possible for learning to happen!

Update provided by Katie, our volunteer teacher, who has been at CCC since last summer.  God Bless Katie!