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Published Sat, May 23, 2020

Due to a longer and wetter than expected rainy season, the team in Ethiopia has been unable to take supplies to Ottoro using vehicles – the roads are just too muddy for even four wheel drive vehicles. The best option was to travel on foot or horseback and haul the food supplies on donkeys. The team hitched up the wagons and loaded them with vital food supplies and set out through the mud for Ottoro. It was a long, slow journey and they ran out of daylight before they reached the destination, and so added darkness to the difficult travel...

Published Sat, May 09, 2020

The Staff and Teachers at the two Adams Thermal Academies in Ethiopia are continuing to compile and distribute lesson plans as well as food rations, when possible, to the families of the most food insecure students. The initial plan was to provide two weeks of food at a time, but with no end to the lockdown in sight, and in an effort to minimize contact, the rations have been increased to a 30 day supply.

The food distributions are moving ahead as planned in the Hosanna area, however an extended rainy season is causing travel difficulties in getting to the...

Published Sat, Apr 25, 2020

"Let the Heavenly God think of you as you think of us in our Easter. Let our God protect you from this pandemic disease and from other dangers. Thank you, and even if we don't know all of you by your name, we hope our prayer would get to all of you." Recent Food Distribution Recipient
 
COVID-19 has forced much of the world into a lock-down situation, including Ethiopia and the two Adams Thermal Academy schools in Hosanna and Ottoro. Photo-copied lesson plans and worksheets are being distributed to all students to continue the school year in a crude...

Published Fri, Apr 17, 2020

As Ethiopians prepare this weekend for celebrations of Easter, known as Fasika, many will be spending time in prayer. However, Fasika isn't the only reason that Ethiopians are praying. Last week, the government of Ethiopia asked members of all the major religions in the country to pray for the protection of Ethiopia from the Coronavirus pandemic. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church, The Roman Catholic Church, Seventh Day Adventists, Evangelicals and Muslims have all responded to the request for prayer. To further support the effort, all of the television networks in Ethiopia are providing airtime daily for 30 days so that pastors...

Published Fri, Apr 10, 2020

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As of this morning, there are 56 reported cases of COVID-19 in Ethiopia, but there is very limited testing being done, especially in the rural areas so the numbers are likely inaccurate. The country wide lock-down continues, and only essential operations are running. 

The two Adams Thermal Academies are closed, initially for two weeks, but the closure has been extended to at least a month. The staff at both schools are doing their best to keep the students active and on track during this down time. Teachers for the core subjects in each grade are...

Published Wed, Apr 01, 2020

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Thank you to everyone that has been asking about Hosanna and Ottoro in the context of the current pandemic! The schools in Hosanna and Ottoro have been closed for two weeks and our local team has been working on a plan to continue school operations while students stay at home for an indefinite period. We'll have more to share about this plan next week.
 
One bright spot is our access to masks, gloves and sanitary supplies. Our corporate parent, Adams Thermal Systems, operates a provisioning office in Hangzhou, China that is sending supplies...

Published Sun, Dec 01, 2019

Her name is Etenesh Hadicho and she's got skills . . . and gratitude . . . and hope.
 
Etenesh is a recent graduate of our Self-Help Sewing Training program in Hosanna. Just a few months ago, everything seemed to be hopeless for Etenesh. Her husband and brother both died and she was diagnosed with cancer. Her days were filled with weeping and sorrow. And then came an opportunity for hope. 
 
Etenesh, along with nine other women from local Self-Help Groups, made the decision to learn how to sew. Rather than spending her time at home alone and...

Published Sun, Oct 27, 2019

As female Ethiopian students grow older, opportunities for education decrease, especially in poor, rural areas. While Adams Thermal Academies enroll only the "poorest of the poor", one of the barriers that can keep young girls out of the classroom is feminine hygiene and overall menstrual health. In developing countries like Ethiopia, school-aged girls often miss several days of school each month sitting on all manner of unsanitary materials and often going without food unless someone brings it to them. In addition, adolescent girls are often bullied or humiliated in school due to a lack of hygiene resources as well as...

Published Fri, Oct 11, 2019

What happens when love and ambition collide? Spoiler ALERT! Love wins. 

 

This is the story of a young man who chose late nights and dirty shoes over a university scholarship, all for the love of his mother. We'll call him Desta. But his real name and identity are hidden for privacy and protection. 

 

Our Ethiopia travel team from the United States first met Desta in June of 2019 when we visited the Adams Thermal Academies in Hosanna and Ottoro. Our first night in Hosanna, we invited some college students to join us for dinner. All of these students...

Published Sat, Aug 31, 2019

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This week, we're celebrating the nomination of Mike and Kim Adams for the Angels in Adoption Award by South Dakota Senator, John Thune. Senator Thune is a member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, an organization dedicated to supporting legislation that improves the lives of children without families. The Angels in Adoption Award honors those who advocate for adoption and child welfare. Senator Thune nominated Mike and Kim not only because they are adoptive parents. But also because they continue to serve children through their foundation and...

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