An update on our Ethiopian village

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by Tsh

Tsh is the founder of this blog and lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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Hi friends. So remember when I told you about a group of mamas and babies in Ethiopia that we’re going to bless? Well, we’re ALMOST there. Our first goal is almost reached.

And even cooler? We’ve got a grant in front of usGreat Day Farms will contribute the last $1,500 of our project (or if it gets fully funded elsewhere, they’ll put that $1,500 towards starting phase 2 of our project)! That’s amazing, you guys. Amazing!

CSP Ethiopia

So here’s the deal. We have 13 days left for Phase 1. I know we can do the remaining $2,000 dollars. Wouldn’t it be amazing if Great Day Farms could give their gift to start phase 2? I’d be psyched.

pure charityEither way, I know both you and this village will be blessed when you give. We’ve partnered with Pure Charity to handle our project—read more about them here (it’s amazing how they work!). Then, go ahead and help fund this project, if you can. You can give as little as $5. That’s a latte.

Head here, and click on that huge green button on the right that says “FUND THIS PROJECT.”

How we’re helping

Wanna know about how we’re loving on our Ethiopian sisters? You can read more about them, but here’s the ten peso version:

CSP Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, thousands of girls in poverty are growing up without good role models. As these girls grow up and have babies, they lack the basic skills and knowledge needed to raise a healthy baby.

Poverty is holding mothers back from the resources they need to be a successful parent. This is where Compassion’s Child Survival Program (CSP) steps in. The Fitche Evangelical Mekane Yesus Child Survival Program (CSP) is coming alongside mothers to help them deliver and raise healthy babies. Mothers in this CSP are trained how to:

• provide a healthy and safe environment for their child,

• improve on their self-esteem so that they can in turn create trust between their baby, allowing for a healthy attachment, and

• create activities for their baby which will promote closeness, growth and a loving environment.

This CSP needs $25,000 annually to operate. Totally doable.

I visited the Philippines with Compassion in 2011, and one of my favorite programs of theirs was this CSP. I absolutely love that they both meet the felt needs of mamas AND fill their minds with practical wisdom for taking care of their family long-term. Compassion is a stellar organization.

CSP Ethiopia

So, to sum up this post:

• We want to bless a little village in Ethiopia by fully-funding their Child Survival Program with Compassion.

• A CSP helps take care of mothers and babies—physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.

•We’ve partnered with Pure Charity.

•We’ve almost fully-funded phase 1, which ends in 13 days.

• Great Day Farms is granting us $1,500, to either complete phase 1 or to start phase 2.

Won’t you join us? You can give this village your latte for one day. It’ll bless you and them.

Questions? Ask below. Oh, and you can get your friends and family to get excited, too—please spread the news! Let’s finish Phase 1 soon.

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Comments

  1. Too bad the last part of the program is Christian evangelization, I really can’t support that. Will continue to help via other charities that don’t force religion in order to give help.

    • Hi Carla – totally your choice where to give, obviously, but wanted to clarify both for you and for anyone else reading—while Compassion does help “in Jesus’ name,” in no way does it force religion on anybody. It shares the teachings of Christ, but it helps people regardless of what they choose to believe. No forcing on anybody!

      Just wanted to make sure this was here on this post. :)

  2. I’ve been giving $ to this for birthday presents this year, I love it! Both phases :)

  3. I just linked back to a post about your trip to the Philippines and how it changed my life. Will definitely do all I can to support this. Thank you for all you do.
    Kate

  4. I have been looking for something to give to for my mom for her birthday (instead of giving her a gift). Can you give in someone else’s name or in honor of someone? If so, how would I do that?

    • Cathy,
      Jeleah here from Pure Charity. For my brother’s birthday back in January I wanted to do the same thing so what I did was I took a screen shot of the little widget from the project that showed a picture and number of lives that were impacted, etc. and I printed that off to put in a birthday card. I wrote him a little note about the project and why I chose to give in honor of him. I think it turned out really great, so perhaps you could do something like that.

  5. Just donated. I didn’t have a big amount but I figure God can use my little bit. Thanks for the update and the reminder – I don’t know about your other readers, but I got busy and forgot to donate before :( urgh!

  6. Yay Tsh, you’re so close! Love this. I love how easy Pure Charity has made it to help support charities close to my heart like Compassion!

  7. I just recently began following this blog, and I have loved every post. This particular post and project is especially exciting! I’m reading “Kisses from Katie” by Katie Davis, and I have been convicted about sharing from the abundance the Lord has so generously given me and my family. Thank you for a very timely and effective method to act on that desire!

  8. Yay Tsh, you’re so close! Love this. I love how easy Pure Charity has made it to help support charities close to my heart like Compassion!

  9. What a wonderful charity and I love compassion! Now that the initial amount is raised what are the next steps? Will this ET program now be listed on compassion’s website of Child Survival Programs if we desired to continue to support it? Thanks for input! Would love to help in the future…

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