Our family is so thankful to be a part of such a wonderful ministry. We were thrilled with the news of the new Kindergarten, as well as the additional families they have taken in recently. Having lived in Ethiopia in 2007, our family was able to see the immense need, and felt in so many ways helpless as to how to aid the wonderful mothers we daily saw begging who simply wanted a way to care and provide for their children. We were able to find Embracing Hope through they're website, view pictures of families and read their stories. We see that they are truly making an impact in extraordinary ways. From their holistic approach of family preservation to the staffing of native Ethiopians to help care for the children, it is easy to see that so much restoration is taking place from the work being done. Our family has never regretted giving to this organization and will continue to do so, and even more as we are able.
We just came back from Ethiopia recently and had the privilege of seeing Embracing Hope in action. My husband and I walked away from the visit with the Shannon's so impressed with their hearts for this ministry. They have served open handed and passionately. We will continue to support them, because the work they are doing is changing the lives of children in need, as well as, the livelihood of the mothers. The widow and the orphan.....they live out James 1:27.
"Without sponsorship through Embracing Hope Ethiopia, this child would be dead!" That is all I could think as we drove to the hospital in Addis. I watched an EHE staff member navigate the crowds of people in the hospital admission area, comfort the child's distraught mother, and get this child the medical help she needed. One month later, I returned to Ethiopia and witnessed the change in this family. "Amira" (name changed) has become healthy under the watchful eye of the EHE staff nurse. She has gained weight from eating nutritious food prepared by EHE cooks. And she is thriving mentally and emotionally under the care of EHE daycare workers. Thanks to EHE, Amira's mother is able to work during the day, knowing her child is well-cared for. Hard physical labor makes this mother look tired and older than her years, but this all changes at the end of the day. As Amira runs into her mother's arms, both faces light up with smiles of joy. This mother and daughter are together. They are supported and loved. They are learning what "Embracing Hope" means. I'm a medical missionary and have worked with charitable organizations all over the developing world. EHE stand out as an organization committed to partnering with local government, committed to excellence in all aspects of their programs, and committed to working with the poorest of the poor. There are many more women and children they can help. But they need sponsorship money to do this. I highly recommend supporting this organization.
This is a program run by people who truly and wholly believe in their cause. Additionally, they are always coming up with new and innovative ways to help (e.g. "friend a family").
I have been supporting this ministry for the last two years and was able to see the work in person as I spent 14 days in Ethiopia in December of 2011. I spent several days at the Embracing Hope Ethiopia Daycare watching the amazing care the children are provided, the loving support and encouragement the mom's are given, and the beautiful synergy of the Ethiopian and American staff as they work together to give these families totally new stories. I have seen the beaming smiles on the faces of the woman as they regain their dignity and confidence working to support their families instead of begging. The children showed marked improvement in health and development and the woman have developed a supportive community together as they see one another each day. I highly recommend supporting and volunteering with this organization. You couldn't ask for a more loving, humble and difference making group of people to get involved with.
My husband and I had the privilege of meeting with the Shannon family at Embracing Hope Ethiopia on two separate occasions. We were delighted to find that one of their in-country contacts is a man we have know and loved since 2007. This man and the Shannon family have proven themselves to be trustworthy, transparent, and genuine in their dealings with donors as well as the people they serve. We are impressed with their patience and respect for the culture in which they are ministering as they navigate all the government processes. I would not hesitate for a minute to recommend their non-profit organization to anyone who is looking to provide financial or volunteer support. The Shannons are welcoming and flexible...making people a priority.
I love this organization and their mission. They are changing lives and the future of many in Ethiopia. They are allowing families to stay together and fighting poverty every day. Praise God for Embracing Hope Ethiopia!
I have seen EHE in action. What a wonderful, welcoming place this is for children and their moms! The loved showered on moms and their kids is beautiful to see.
EHE cares for the mothers of children who have been making their "living" off the city dump in Addis Ababa Ethiopia."It" really doesn't get any better than that! Charles E. "Charlie Brown, founder Ethiopian Child