momsmall Thank you to families in Dallas, Texas who raised $990.00 for our recent expedition in Ethiopia! These Dallas moms organized a large garage sale and bake sale run by their children. They put the word out on Facebook, and friends and neighbors donated items and money for the cause. They also had their children and friends bake treats for a bake sale. Their original goal was to raise $200.00 to help purchase some of the school supplies for the 300 students at our school in Yerer, Ethiopia. But, when the money they raised far exceeded their expectations they were able to do even more! girlies 1families dadssmall kidsOne third of the money contributed to the purchase the school supplies. Their donation helped provide 1400 pencils, 750 notebooks, and posters, banners, and visual aids for the 3 classrooms in the school.DSC_0529 (3)The remaining money was used to re-plaster and paint the homes of two widows, Maeza and Winchet, both living in Debrazeit, Ethiopia. Maeza will also receive a mirte stove, which is a vast improvement to the can of coals where she was accustomed to preparing her family’s meals. We were also able to provide a proper bamboo enclosure and roof covering for her outdoor restroom to keep human waste safely separated from her vegetable garden.1winchet 13393895_10154359451824653_3887165529921629179_n 13428422_10154359452334653_3192608657279492420_nIn addition to the re-plastering and paint Winchet received, we were also able to repair the holes in her roof and will build a bamboo enclosure on the side of her hut that will house her new Mirte stove! This kitchen will be the first time she will be able to cook at her own home. Until now, Winchet has had to walk to a friend’s home to borrow their stove when available.DSC_0357 maeze paint inside DSC_0363Finally, thanks to one large donor, we were able to hire a contractor to build a shelving unit and purchase 76 books to create a library at our newest school. These books and teaching manuals will ensure teachers and students at the school will have the proper resources to teach students for years to come!!IMG_3806 FullSizeRenderThank you so much to these Texas families, and ENA staff and volunteers for your hard work and contribution! You are proof that something as simple as a garage sale and bake sale can make a huge impact! So how will you get engaged?? There are so many ways to fund raise and volunteer your time and talents! Need inspiration? HERE is a list of ways you too can easily make an real impact!]]>