Published Wed, Jul 22, 2020

Nobody likes to be "on-hold". Being stuck in the queue of a call center can make it seem like time is standing still. 

In Ethiopia, life has been on-hold for weeks and months and circumstances just don't seem to be getting any better. The COVID pandemic initiated a restrictive 5-month state-of-emergency. Double-digit inflation continues unchecked. Heavy rains, erosion and flooding in addition to desert locust infestations are setting the stage for famine. And the internet was just shut-down for the 13th time in 4 years due to political violence and bloodshed. Good news has been hard to find in...

Published Thu, Jul 16, 2020


Adams Thermal Foundation is seeking volunteers who can commit a minimum of 4 hours per week in their own home contacting child sponsors and adding value to their sponsorship experience. 

Qualified individuals will support the work of Adams Thermal Foundation in Ethiopia and agree to the organization's "Statement of Faith". Further, volunteers should have excellent interpersonal and relational skills in addition to basic computer skills and previous exposure to online applications and databases. Volunteers will use their own phone and computer to interact with child sponsors during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, according...

Published Tue, Jul 07, 2020


Grab your clubs and join us Friday, August 28 at the Valley View Golf Course in Freeman, South Dakota. This is about much more than just a fun day of golf. Your participation will help Adams Thermal Foundation continue God's work in Ethiopia.

This is a FUN tournament for golfers of all skill levels. The tournament will follow a Scramble format with options to play 9 or 18 holes. The 18-hole teams will tee off at 1:00 PM and the 9-hole teams will tee off at 3:00 PM. So if you’re looking for a non-competitive, fun...

Published Mon, Jun 29, 2020

If you were at Adams Thermal Academies in Hosanna and Ottoro, Ethiopia this past week, these were some of the scenes you would have witnessed. 

 • Donkey teams straining to pull their tied-down loads through muddy roads and trails

 • Empty school classrooms converted to storehouses piled high with bulk food supplies

 • Busy staff counting and weighing and checking for fairness and justice and good stewardship

 • A field of chairs for waiting and piles of supplies paired together, yet six feet apart for protection

 • Families with hands folded and eyes pointed downward in a familiar posture of uncertainty and need

 • Video cameras and...

Published Fri, Jun 19, 2020


Learning in the poorest regions of the world looks quite different than the advanced educational methods we’ve become accustomed to. Adams Thermal Academies in Ethiopia have limited teaching resources. So old-fashioned, printed paper books are still the heart and soul of learning in rural Ethiopia. While there’s no shortage of books in the world, students in Ethiopia are desperately in need of more. And most of us have dozens, if not hundreds, of books we no longer use.


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


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...