Published Wed, Apr 01, 2020


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

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...

Published Fri, Aug 23, 2019

"Breaking the cycle of poverty". We often communicate that goal to our stakeholders, supporters and followers. But the actual work of "breaking the cycle" happens every day of the school year, in every classroom through the determination and hard work of every student at Adams Thermal Academies. This work is slow and tedious and requires a future vision for success. So it's important that we take the opportunity at the end of the school year to recharge that vision and remind our students of what success looks like.
On a rainy day in July, parents, teachers, administrators and friends...

Published Sun, Aug 11, 2019


US Senator John Thune Visits Adams Thermal

The August recess is an opportunity for members of congress to come home and visit constituents. This week was no exception for John Thune, one of South Dakota's two US Senators. Senator Thune stopped by Adams Thermal Systems for a tour and discussions about the state of manufacturing in the U.S. Adams Thermal Systems President and CEO Mike Adams also had an opportunity to share with Senator Thune about the work of Adams Thermal Foundation in Ethiopia. 

Senator Thune is committed to helping grow jobs right here...

Published Sun, Aug 04, 2019


Have you ever received an answer to your prayers? 

Six years ago, there were many prayers about the decision to take over responsibility for running the schools in Hosanna and Ottoro. And there was one consistent answer to those prayers. God promised He would bring others alongside us to help if we would be faithful and say "yes" to the door he was opening in Ethiopia. And that promise has been kept many times over. Many of the people reading this are answers to prayer. You know who you are! Every time we sign...

Published Mon, Jul 22, 2019

Sports metaphors are helpful when it comes to understanding the value of a high school diploma in a developing country like Ethiopia. But it's no mere game for the 52 graduates from Adams Thermal Academy Hosanna (ATAH) who received their diplomas on Saturday, June 29th. 

This past April, international news outlets were lit up with the story out of India where 20 students committed suicide when they received the wrong scores on their national exams due to a computer glitch. More than 50,000 other students were requesting re-verification of their national exam scores. When you're competing against generational cycles...

Published Sun, Jul 14, 2019

What would make 500 kids give up their first week of summer vacation? The answer is Vacation Bible School at Adams Thermal Academy in Hosanna, Ethiopia!
For the 2nd year in a row, children from the Academy and the local Hosanna community showed up for four days of music, singing, crafts, story-telling, games and food. Grades kindergarten through 8th learned about Queen Esther, Moses, the Woman at the Well and Adam & Eve. Grades 9 through 12th learned about the seven "I AM" statements from the Gospel of John. Crafts included tambourines, zebras and lion manes. Games included freeze...


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