AHOPE Update

Do you ever feel that the problems in this world are so big that there is nothing you can really do to make a difference? It is tempting to feel that way especially when the numbers are so overwhelming – I can hardly wrap my mind around the number 4.8 million. There are an estimated 4.8 million orphans in Ethiopia. Of those millions, many of them have been orphaned by AIDS and are HIV+ themselves. What can we do about suffering of this magnitude?

AHOPE for Children was created by Kathy Olsen when AAI found that one in six of the children they brought into their orphanage was HIV+. At that time these children were not able to be adopted and something needed to be done to care for them. Kathy took on the task of creating a non-profit organization to provide funding for a home for these children. For six years Kathy has run AHOPE for Children from her home, taking no salary, and working like crazy. Now AHOPE has outgrown being a small home-based organization and is making many transitions. Still nobody, Kathy included, has a salary, but the rewards are fantastic.

In January I became the Supplies Coordinator for AHOPE and have recently changed roles to become the Director of Development. My focus is now on promoting AHOPE, fundraising, supporting other people in their fundraising efforts, and helping AHOPE as it grows. There are many talented and enthusiastic people who might be wondering what they can do to help. If you are interested in helping AHOPE please email me at ahopedevelopment@gmail.com and share your ideas with me. We hope to update our webpage, possibly develop an online store to raise funds, increase our number of sponsors, plan volunteer work trips, and so much more.

AHOPE for Children also has a Yahoo group that you are welcome to join. You can find it here.

The children of AHOPE are incredible and we loved the time we spent with them. When AHOPE was founded, the staff would not take a child in unless there was enough money in the budget to pay for a funeral. In September 2005 lifesaving ARV medications were made available and the children began to thrive, grow and simply LIVE. Now AHOPE is working on issues such as transitioning teenagers into adulthood, education for all of the children, and recently we have begun providing education, medication, and help to children who are able to remain living with their families.

I am very excited to be part of AHOPE for Children and hope that some of you will join our efforts. One simple thing you can do is sponsor a child at AHOPE. Sponsorship is the backbone of our budget and keeps AHOPE running. It is $30 per month with a minimum six month commitment. You can find sponsorship information on our webpage.

Enough for this morning! I’ll try to post more about what is happening with AHOPE soon.

~Lisa

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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.

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  1. Lisa W.
    April 13, 2008

    Lisa,
    You are inspiring. What wonderful things you are doing. Surely God is pleased. I can see why you would want to be involved with this organization. It is heartbreaking when you know some of this stuff. I wish more people would at least sponsor a child (we already sponsor one and are adopting 2 girl), the difference it makes for them is life changing. My prayer for you is that your readers who are not already doing something will choose to do something NOW! Children are dying … on the way to trying to get to orphanages. Some never make it. Then some never get placed. But everything we do be it little or in between matters every little bit.
    Hugs,
    Lisa
    http://www.my2ethiopiangirls.blogspot.com

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  2. Sherry
    April 13, 2008

    I don’t have alot of talent or creative ideas, but I want you to know that I am willing to help in whatever capacity you think I might be able. Just give me a call. 🙂

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