Friday, February 13, 2009

Hope for Ethiopian Orphans

Hanna Teshome runs an orphanage with about 140 children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is an amazing lady with a deep passion for giving kids hope and love while caring for their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. She takes in homeless children as well as kids who have been illegally imprisoned when their parents are arrested (usually for petty theft of food). They're kept in jail until they're 18 and then many commit suicide due to years of abuse and zero options.

One of my missions is to encourage & enable Hanna (and other Ethiopian women), so that they can continue to create homes for these lost kids in small family settings vs. institutional environments. I've set up a separate shop on Etsy just to sell paper goods inspired by the artwork of her kids. I work on the 100% rule - 100% profit to the kids and 100% tree-free mango, banana and coffee papers. If you have a moment, please check it out HERE.

These women are my heros and I'm are privileged to know them.


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