Places

We are currently operating in three separate geographic locations within Ethiopia and in Henan Province in the People's Republic of China. Our schools operate in Hosanna and Ottoro in southwest Ethiopia. There are Self-Help programs in both of these communities as well. Our NGO (non-governmental organization) headquarters is located in the capital of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Specific locations for our work in China are withheld due to security concerns. 

1) Adams Thermal Foundation Ethiopia (ATFE)

In August of 2015, the government of Ethiopia officially recognized Adams Thermal Foundation Ethiopia as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). The Foundation maintains an office and administrative staff in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia which support the schools and "Self-Help" programs in Hosanna and Ottoro. Foundation staff based in Canton, South Dakota USA oversee and manage the operations in Ethiopia.

2) Adams Thermal Academy Hosanna (ATAH)

With a population of 76 thousand, Hosanna is one of the 25 largest cities in Ethiopia. Hosanna is 115 miles southwest of the capital Addis Ababa and serves as an administrative center for local government. It is also the center of Protestant Christianity in southern Ethiopia. In 1929, a pair of missionaries from the Sudan Interior Mission (SIM) settled in Hosanna and began to share the Gospel with local residents. When Italy invaded Ethiopia in 1937, the missionaries were forced out of the country, leaving behind approximately 75 new Christian believers. In 1941, the Italian army was driven out and...

3) Adams Thermal Academy Ottoro (ATAO)

Located approximately 137 miles southwest of Addis Ababa, Ottoro is an impoverished, lush, rural village. In 2006, the regional government drew attention to the lack of basic services in this community, which resulted in Ottoro being chosen for the development of what is now Adams Thermal Academy of Ottoro. Following the electrification of the village and the digging of a water well, two rooms were rented and teachers were hired to launch the school. Orphaned and other vulnerable children living in extreme poverty, whom would otherwise have no educational opportunity, were targeted for enrollment. The official project plan was to...

4) Adams Thermal Foundation China (ATFC)

In August of 2012, a team from Adams Thermal first met the leadership of Gan En Tang Church, a Christian congregation located in Henan Province in the People's Republic of China. "Gan En Tang" means graceful and thankful. The church is situated within the most populous region of China, an area with more than 1 million residents. Despite being the most populous county in China, more than 90% of the people live in rural villages under poor conditions due to extreme poverty. Agriculture is the primary economic driver and most families live off less than 800 yuan per month or...