AHOPE Supplies Needs

Some of AHOPE’s children visiting with the missionary from the Addis Kidan Guest House

I have officially begun my position as the volunteer Supplies Coordinator for AHOPE and tonight I posted a letter requesting donations on various lists and online groups. I am excited to see what people are inspired to do for the sake of the children. If you are interested in responding to the needs listed in this letter, please email me at ahopesupplies@gmail.com

Thank you

Here is my letter:


This is Lisa, the Donations/Supplies Coordinator for AHOPE for Children. AHOPE for Children is an organization that provides a nurturing home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for orphaned HIV positive children, provides care for HIV positive children in the community through an outreach program, and educates the community about AIDS prevention. Thanks to Dr. Jane Aronson’s Worldwide Orphans Foundation, the children at AHOPE are now receiving life-saving antiretroviral drugs and many of them are thriving.

Because AHOPE has a very limited budget for basic items like clothing, diapers, and toys, we depend on the generosity of individual donors for these things and on traveling adoptive parents and volunteers to help deliver the donations. We realize that adoption agencies also rely on traveling parents to transport supplies for their orphanages, and do not wish to commandeer luggage space that the agencies depend on. However, if you have room in your luggage to take donations to AHOPE, we would be very grateful for your help.

There are several ways that you can help the children of AHOPE.

1. If you are traveling to Ethiopia, you can collect donations from the needs list and carry them over. Any amount, large or small, is appreciated.

2. If you are traveling and are able to carry donations that others have collected, I will gladly arrange to have items delivered to you.

3. If you are not traveling to Ethiopia and would like to gather donations, please contact me and I will match you with somebody who is traveling and is able to carry your donations to AHOPE.

4. To make a financial donation or to learn more about AHOPE, please see the website: http://www.ahopeforchildren.org

Some notes:

1. If you carry donations over, you can visit AHOPE and deliver the donations, or I can arrange for somebody to pick them up from you.

2. It is easier for AHOPE (in keeping track of inventory) to receive a larger amount of one or a few items (such as a large box of socks and shoes) than it is to get a variety of items (such as a box with three pairs of socks, one bottle of vitamins, two coloring books, one bottle of eye drops and one DVD). That being said, any and all donations from the list are needed and appreciated.

3. Many people have asked about shipping donations to AHOPE. Unfortunately shipping items to Ethiopia is not only too expensive to make it cost-effective, but is also unreliable because of customs. Thus, it is not advised.

In the past few years, more families have become interested in adopting children from AHOPE. I am very happy to report that approximately twenty children have been adopted or are currently in process. When visiting AHOPE, please be sensitive to the fact that the children may be referred to a family. AHOPE has a photo policy in place that must be respected. Also, if you are interested in adopting a child from AHOPE and would like more information, please contact Erin Henderson, AAI’s new HIV adoption coordinator at: erin@adoptionadvocates.org

Below is the list of AHOPE’s current needs. There are currently 70-80 children at AHOPE between the ages of infant and 14.

Medical Needs:

Bandaids and other general first aid supplies
Children’s Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, and Benadryl
Children’s vitamins: Flintstones chewable or equivalent
Cough syrup
Hand sanitizer
Antifungal – Ointment and Shampoo
Antibiotic ointment
Sterile -First Aid gauze
Sterile Surgical gloves
Pediasure (complete balanced nutrition)

Electrolyte (oral rehydration solution – powdered form)
Amoxicillin (syrup, 250mg tablet)
Erythromycin syrup
Augmentin (150 mg .312mg, 5ml syrup)
Cloxacillin (syrup and 250 mg capsule)

Special Requests from our nurse:

1. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics 18th Edition with CD

2. Textbook Of Pediatric Infectious Disease – current edition

3.Harrison Textbook of Internal Medicine -16th Edition

Always needed:
Arts and Crafts supplies
Preschool supplies: crafts, workbooks, coloring books, etc.
New or gently used clothing, especially sizes 8-12 (boys and girls) and boys sizes 3T-6

Because this letter is posted in a wide variety of places and on several message boards, please contact me at ahopesupplies@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to make arrangements for donations.

Thank you for considering the needs of the children of AHOPE. Feel free to forward this letter or post it where interested people may see it.

Lisa Q
AHOPE Supplies Coordinator

Family blog: http://abushel-and-apeck.blogspot.com
Wife to Russ, Mamma to ten (three from Ethiopia)

Directions to AHOPE:

The older children’s compound is around Mekanisa / Yilma Hotel; pass by Vatican Embassy/UNMEE office. This is on the road to the Norwegian Embassy.

The younger children’s compound and the office are around Kelem Gebrail, near Victory Duty Free Shop on the Road to ALERT.

Cell phone: 0911-606-723. Or +251-911-606-723 if calling from abroad.

Office number: 0113-714-632. Or +251-113-714-632 if calling from abroad.

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Heidi Mehltretter
    January 16, 2008

    Is that Ray? I love the photo!

  2. nosmallfeat
    January 17, 2008

    You really ARE superwoman! I blasted this message on my blog and everywhere else I could think of. 🙂

  3. Lynn
    January 18, 2008


    My name is Lynn and I am going to Ethiopia in March. I will try to bring things on your list for AHOPE. My bible study group is collecting things and I will give them this new list.

    I like your blog!


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