Archive for April, 2013


As we have previously reported, we have been working with our partners, Water is Life International and Myungsung International PCL (MCW), to complete Phase I of a deep water well project on the grounds of the CCC home in Soddo, Ethiopia.  As with most projects of this magnitude, there were a few snags along the way, but we are thrilled to report that Phase I is now complete.  The well was drilled to 147 meters and our partners have now completed the well casing, packing, cleaning, well head construction and pump test.  We should soon be receiving the final report from the hydogeologist which will include recommendations concerning pipe design and the type and size of the pump we will need to meet the water needs of the home.

We are still waiting for the installation of 3 phase power by the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation, which will allow us to proceed to Phase II of the project.  We are currently on a government waiting list to receive a transformer.  However, given our location on the list and our priority level (certain government projects, businesses and industries are getting higher priority), we are hopeful that we will have what we need to proceed to Phase II of the project within two months.

Completion of Phase I is a significant milestone and the staff and children at CCC are extremely excited about the prospect of finally having a reliable source of clean water.  After completion of the pump test, they organized a luncheon and gathered to say “thank you” to the MCW drilling crew and present them with gifts from the Wolaita region.


The moment the drilling team hit sweet, wonderful water!

The Aerie Africa Board expresses their gratitude to MCW and Water is Life International for their generosity and their diligence in completing this project.  We can barely express how excited and emotional we were when we saw pictures of water shooting into the air at the drilling site.  We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


Drilling Team – Myungsung International and CCC staff


We would also like to thank Nathan and Richelle Haines, who worked tirelessly to manage and facilitate this part of the process to a successful conclusion.  Their commitment to the children of CCC and to Aerie Africa is simply incredible.

And of course we thank all of our donors, whose generous contributions have brought us one step closer to turning the dream of providing plentiful, clean water to the children and staff at the CCC home, into reality.

We pay special tribute to Jack Main, Richelle’s grandfather.  His amazing contribution early last year kick-started the fund raising process for the well and made us all believe that the impossible was possible.

Blessings to all,

The Aerie Africa Board

March 2013 Mission Trip

A group of seven volunteers visited the CCC Children’s Home in Soddo, Ethiopia from March 9 through March 15.  The volunteers were Jane, Kevin, and Brad Hollingsworth, Suzanne Hanlon, Karen Marienau, Ann McIntosh, and Terri Sebree.

Kevin and kids 2

The trip was a great success. The children are spectacular. Currently, two students are attending vocational school in Addis training to become nurses; five students (four young men and one young woman) are in university in various schools throughout Ethiopia; seven young adults are in the Aerie transition program attending high school in Soddo, and 54 children live at the CCC home. We were blessed to visit with the two girls attending nursing school and two of the young men in university.  All four are doing great, handling independence remarkably well, and making excellent grades.

The children in the CCC Children’s Home are great.  They are healthy and happy.  When they are home from school in the afternoon, the compound is filled with joyous laughter, singing, and sounds of football (soccer).

Mayor eyayu

The kids are doing well in school. Of the 35 students in grade one through seven, 19 are ranked in the top 10 of their class in school.  Our second and third graders are leading the pack holding the top five positions in each class! CCC focuses on education.  All children in kindergarten through seventh grade attend private schools.  The children have tutors and the older children help with younger children with their homework and studying.

We completed several projects while we were in Soddo.  We refurbished three girls’ bedrooms.  We painted their rooms (walls and ceilings) and purchased new mattresses, pillows, and mosquito nets for all the girls.  We also painted the boys’ rooms and purchased new mosquito nets.  We will buy the boys new mattresses and pillows on the next trip in November.  The girls were very proud of their new rooms.  The rooms were painted a bright pink (picked out by the girls). They loved the new mattresses and pillows (which they badly needed).

We also installed a six foot fence along one side of the football field.  This fence protects kids and balls from rolling down a steep hill.  We facilitated temporary repairs to the roof of the girls’ dormitory.  We will need to replace the roof after the rainy season.  We will be launching a capital campaign this summer to raise money for that project.

Drs.  Ann and Karen performed physical examinations on all the children.  This was a Herculean effort – 61 physicals in four days!  They found the children to be very healthy and growing at a typical rate.

Drs Karen and Ann