Archive for November, 2012

Help us continue to make a difference!

2012 has been a great year for the children at the CCC Children’s Home in Soddo, Ethiopia.

This year, three of our students qualified for university.  We now have five students in universities throughout Ethiopia – Awassa, Dire Dawa, Nekemte, Bahir Dar, and Mekelle. We also have two students in nursing school in Addis.

Additionally, four students took their 10th grade examination and all received excellent scores and were admitted to preparatory school.

Three of our little ones were excited to start kindergarten in September.

We are currently supporting 68 children:  54 children (32 girls and 22 boys) living at the children’s home, seven in the Aerie transition program (1 girl and 6 boys) and seven (3 girls and 4 boys) in university/nursing school.

Our staff in Ethiopia does a great job of providing a loving environment for the children.  We currently have 17 full-time and three part-time staff members including a dean of students, housemothers, head nurse, nanny nurses, cooks, and guards.

Through your help, we continue to make a real difference in the lives of many children in Soddo.

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

Our goal is to raise $30,000 for Aerie Africa in the next month.  This will complete the funding requirements for 2012 and provide a small crisis fund.  We need your help!

Please help make a difference in the lives of very special children.  Please donate through PayPal @ https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=UDV8YQQ3UVC9U or by mailing a check to Aerie Africa, 2234 South Abbey Loop, New Braunfels, TX 78130 or through our web site @ www.aerieafrica.org.

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We are making a difference to some special children

Meet Merdekyos, an 11 year old boy, and Banchiwosen, a 10 years old girl. They are siblings from Bilate, a small town about 20 kilometers outside of Soddo.  They came to the CCC home in 2009.  Their father passed away about a year before they entered the orphanage and their mother had become very ill with HIV.   

The town of Bilate is an army base.  In Bilate their father was a “doctor”, which most likely meant he was a herbal healer and their mother was never employed.  Before leaving Bilate, both the children remember playing in the army camp, using bullet shells as toys.  In 2008 their father died and their mother became very ill.  They moved from Bilate to Boditi, about 15 kilometers from Soddo.  Although Boditi is a larger town it is still very small and rural.  Their mother was growing more and more ill and could no longer care for the children.  They two children attended school on occasion, but rarely went because their mother was too ill to ensure they attended school every day. 

A woman from the local kebele (government) office learned about Banchiwosen and informed Henok, the Executive Director of CCC of her case.  However she knew nothing about Merdekyos.  Henok worked with the kebele office to admit Banchiwosen into CCC.  When he arrived to pick up Banchiwosen, he learned about Merdekyos and obtained permission to also admit him.  

Once they arrived at the CCC home they started school and have excelled ever since.  After starting school Merdekyos always complained that it was too easy and he wanted to be moved to the next grade.  Both children are now in the third grade and over the past four years Merdekyos has always ranked number one in his class, even when he switched to a harder, more difficult private school.  Banchiwosen has always ranked in the top five of her class. They are happy children and enjoy being together and playing with their friends.

Merdekyos wants to be a doctor when he grows up and Banchiwosen wants to be an artist. 

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Merdekyos in 2009

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Merdekyos in 2012

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Banchiwosen in 2009

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Banchiwosen in 2012