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Published Thu, Jan 07, 2021

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Ethiopia uses the Julian calendar, so the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, and Evangelical Churches celebrate the birth of Christ on January 7. The day is known as Ganna in Ethiopia. The day before Ganna, people fast all day. On the morning of the 7th, everyone dresses in white, most in a traditional ‘shamma’ which is a thin white cotton wrap, and attend the early mass at 4:00 AM. The Priests wear turbans and red and white robes and carry beautiful embroidered and fringed umbrellas.

Modern Orthodox Churches in Ethiopia are built in concentric circles. The...

Published Thu, Dec 31, 2020

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Have you ever felt the calling to use your gifts and talents in the mission field? For some, the answer might be "yes . . . but". While overseas missions can be off-the-charts gratifying, the process of making it happen can be so overwhelming that many who hear the "calling" are prone to give-up before they ever get started. 

One of the many blessings that we experienced as an organization this past year was the development of a partnership with an international missions organization called "TeachBeyond". Through TeachBeyond, educators, administrators and school support...

Published Wed, Dec 23, 2020

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Many have asked if school is back in session in Ethiopia. The answer is YES! And the Adams Thermal Academies are leading the way back to school!

In early November, grades 5 through 12 in Ethiopia were allowed back in the classroom if a COVID prevention plan was presented to the Zonal government and approved. Our team in Addis Ababa along with the schools in Hosanna and Ottoro worked aggressively to develop measures that would allow school operations to continue while keeping students and staff safe. These measures included contact-less hand washing, social distancing,...

Published Tue, Dec 01, 2020

We've always promised that 100% of sponsor or donor gifts will go directly to our Ethiopian students in Hosanna and Ottoro. But the reality is that we actually send more than 100% of our gifts each month. Often it's double or even more than that - in excess of 200% of what we receive.
 
There's more than 1,200 at-risk students enrolled at Adams Thermal Academies, but a little more than 800 of those students are sponsored. So who makes up the difference so that every classroom can be full? Who covers all the administrative costs of the Foundation? It's...

Published Wed, Nov 25, 2020

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Many of our supporters have a relationship with the organization through child sponsorship. One of the key people working "behind-the-scenes" is Keith Beachler, our Director of Sponsorship. Keith also wears two hats in the same way that other Foundation staff do. As Director of Sponsorship, Keith is responsible for our Sponsor Advocate program, sponsor communications and also assists the Foundation with Human Resource-related issues, logistical tasks and events. In his role with Adams Thermal Systems, our parent organization, Keith oversees Human Resources and Safety. 

Supporting overseas missions is nothing new to Keith because he's...

Published Thu, Oct 29, 2020

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Did you know there's someone on our staff to help you with your child sponsorship experience?
 
This past May, we created a new position at Adams Thermal Foundation called the Sponsor Advocate. The core responsibility of the Sponsor Advocate is to help our friends and supporters engage and interact with the person(s) they sponsor. Part of this responsibility includes helping sponsors use their online Sponsorship Portal. The portal is a private web-page where sponsors can manage their sponsorship and correspond with those they sponsor. 
 
Cindy Schmitz is one of...

Published Sat, Oct 10, 2020

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It was 1991 when Ethiopia began emerging from a socialist education system to a federal system. By 2009, there were marked increases in the number of children accessing public education along with decreased illiteracy and drop-out rates. However, the poor and rural areas of Ethiopia were not participating in these positive education trends. This was especially apparent in the category of female youth literacy which was below 50% in 2009. 
 
Also in 2009, Ethiopia was still one of the top 10 countries in the world with...

Published Sun, Sep 06, 2020

The 4th Annual Scramble for Ethiopia once again has provided new sponsors for our kids and needed resources for the schools in Ethiopia. 
 
On Friday, August 28th, local golfers gathered at the Valley View Golf Course in Freeman, SD to support the cause of Ethiopia while playing 18 holes on a perfect, late summer day. The winning score was a very competitive 11 under par and the longest drive was just over 280 yards. The teams were comprised of married couples, work associates, regular golfing buddies and new as well as old friends. There was a drawing for a...

Published Thu, Aug 13, 2020

In the age of sound bites, quips and memes, we've all become more prone to exaggeration. However, when we say we received a "ton" of books during our recent book drive for Ethiopia, we're not exaggerating at all! We didn't just receive a lot of books, we easily have more than a ton of books, by weight, that will be shipped to our schools in Hosanna and Ottoro for their libraries and to support their English Literacy initiatives. 
 
No, we didn't expect such an overwhelming response. Yes, they were very heavy! But it was all worthwhile in knowing what tremendous impact...

Published Tue, Aug 04, 2020

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After a long and prayerful search, it is with great hope and anticipation that we welcome Nega Megersa to Adams Thermal Foundation (ATF) in Ethiopia as our new Country Director, effective July 1, 2020. Nega will lead and work alongside our senior management team at our ATF offices in Addis Ababa. He will report to our Director of African Operations, Dr. Samuel Getachew from the U.S. Office.

Prior to joining ATF, Mr. Megersa served as the Program Manager for Voice of Wilderness Developmental Organization (VWDO), an Ethiopian non-profit...

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