Update on Soddo Situation

The power and water issues continue in Soddo. Nobody has any definitive news. The power plant which experienced the fire supplied electricity to the entire Wolaitta region and to the area south of Soddo. A huge population is without electricity. Richelle and Nathan have heard that the power will be out from several weeks to a year. As previously reported, the city’s water supply is incapacitated since the water is pumped by electric pumps. CCC is having water delivered by donkey and buying bottled water for the children to drink. We are unsure about the continued availability of “donkey water” so we are exploring other options. CCC has bought charcoal to use for cooking. The latest news is that flour and teff (the grain used to make injera) will be in short supply since the mills are powered by electricity. We will be able to buy these staples from Addis.

All children are doing well. The children are on semester break from school right now. We will find out next week if the schools will be open after break.

Many people have asked what they can do to help. Our budget will be severely strained from the extra expenses – donkey water, bottled water, increased price of staples, and increased price and quantity of charcoal. We are also exploring the possibility of helping the neediest people in the Soddo community. Your monetary donations will be put to good use and are much appreciated. Please send donations to Aerie Africa. Please mark the donations “Power Relief”. You can donate by clicking the DONATE NOW! button to the right of this blog or by mailing a check to:

Aerie Africa
2234 South Abbey Loop
New Braunfels, TX 78130

Thank you for your help and prayers. We will keep you updated.

3 responses to this post.

  1. Is there a way to grab your donate now button to post a link on my blog?


  2. Posted by Tonya Larson on February 3, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I am so proud of my kids. They are putting together a rummage sale for the CCCE in Soddo. Three of my children spent precious days being loved by the staff there. They came to America last September and are working with their new friends to help their Ethiopian friends.


  3. Dawn, I am not sure how to give the code for the donate now button. We will look into it.

    Tonya, wonderful news about your children. It is a joy that they are giving back to their friends in Ethiopia. Many blessings!


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