Archive for August, 2011

We are making a difference! You can make a difference!

Almost 10 years ago, the CCC orphanage was established in Soddo, Ethiopia.  Twenty-six children lived in a three-room building with an outdoor toilet, a garden hose for showers, meals cooked on a campfire, and clothes washed in an old tire. Two housemothers, two administrators, and a guard took care of the children. This home was a vast improvement for the children who had been living on the streets or in villages in abject poverty without parents.

What a difference 10 years makes!  Aerie Africa now supports 67 children – three students in university, 10 young adults in the Aerie Transition home, and 54 children in the CCC orphanage.  The CCC orphanage is now a bright airy home specially built for the children with 8 big bedrooms, a library, a dining hall, two kitchens, two play areas, a soccer field, a huge vegetable garden, and six acres for the sheep farm.  We employ a staff of 14 to care for the children from Nanny Nurses to a Dean of Students.

The children attend school, Saturday church school (instead of Sunday school), and church.  They love choir, soccer, arts and crafts, table tennis, and jump rope.  They learn life skills by assisting in the kitchen, working in the vegetable garden, and helping tend the sheep.

August lambs!

Aster and Amanuel Playing on Playground

We are making a pronounced difference in the children’s lives.

The budget for 2011 for Aerie Africa is $97,500 ($89,550 to CCC Orphanage and Aerie Transition Home, $6,950 for travel and living expenses for CCC Children’s Home Managers, and $1000 for US tax preparation and general expenses).  The 2011 donations to date are: sponsorships – $62,500; churches and corporate matching -$11,200; and general donations – $10,000.

Aerie Africa is a 501(3)c tax exempt organization (Tax ID# 27-0382888).

Our goal is to raise $20,000 for Aerie Africa.  This will complete the funding requirements for 2011 and provide a small crisis fund.   We need your help!

Please help make a difference in the lives of very special children.  Please donate by using the Donate button to your right or by mailing a check to Aerie Africa, 2234 South Abbey Loop, New Braunfels, Texas 78130.

Fitsum

Meseret

Hannah

Berket

Dawit

Serkelam

Habitamu