A message from the founder...

I am thrilled that we have just launched our first enewsletter!  This bi-monthly publication will help our volunteers, donors and supporters remain informed about our projects in Ethiopia, and engaged in our efforts here in Canada. 

The launch of this enewsletter also celebrates our 5th anniversary.  It was five years ago at the end of August that Leah Sadler, Paula Rogers and I (all mothers of Ethiopian-born children) began Mothers With a Heart for Ethiopia.  We had seen the needs in Ethiopia while we were in the country to bring our children home to Canada, and we wanted to respond. 

Five years later the outpouring of compassion, concern, love and commitment by so many has deeply warmed my heart. Your efforts are humbling, motivating and inspiring.  I have had the great blessing to meet and get to know so many giving and beautiful hearts.  We are making a difference, team.  We are showing love and compassion and we are bringing hope of a brighter future to many women and children.  Thank you for believing in what was started five years ago, for seeing and feeling the need and for responding.  From my heart, I say thank you.

Spotlight on: OUR GROUP HOME

The first Mothers with a Heart for Ethiopia project, five years later

It all started with a look.
After Shelley Green and her mom Jane decided to take sixteen Ethiopian children living on the streets out for a proper meal, there was one boy she would never forget.
Despite his shy and quiet nature, he stood up to pray and say thank you.
“I’ll never forget this,” Shelley said. “When he sat down, he just very quietly turned and looked at me.”
She’d never met Tilahun, but that look was a life-changing moment.
Caring and loving and serving those children turned into her life’s work.
It was Shelley’s first time on Ethiopian soil – she was there to bring her daughter home – and she had an overwhelming sense that becoming a mom, and also striving to make a difference for other children in the country, was the answer to all her prayers.
By the time Shelley left the country, she had secured a spot in an Ethiopian boarding school for six of those young boys.
“It was a leap of faith,” Shelley said. But within a very short time, all six boys had sponsors here in North America.
When she returned in 2013 with a group of nine volunteers, a few of the sponsored boys told her they were unhappy at school.
That’s when Eyob Kolcha, the leader of orphanages run by Kingdom Vision International, offered to take the first step.
Shelley had developed a relationship with Eyob through the adoption of her daughter. She said that without Eyob, the group home probably wouldn’t have been possible.
“Eyob offered to put together the group home, and manage it. He even welcomed the boys who didn’t have anywhere to live at that time into his own home,” Shelley explained.
They never looked back.                                                    

Love in 

An interview with Tracy Dunham 

(click the photo below!)

Talking to... Tracy Dunham

Talking to...Tracy Dunham

“There is always time to make time for things that are going to count for eternity – that’s how I think about it.”
Those wise words come from a new volunteer who was determined to fit Mothers with a Heart for Ethiopia into her busy schedule.
And thank goodness she did.

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