Dare to Dream…Ethiopia Outreach, Winter 2013

2013  Hope List

Each trip has been a unique adventure and blessing in its own way, both for those traveling and for those we visit and maybe surprising to some, a blessing to those watching from the US.  We strive to step beyond “an experience of a life time” and attempt to allow ourselves to be changed forever and the tangible Love of Jesus we bring with us impact all with whom we come in contact.  We believe that everyone participatin shares in the surreal sense of God using them to make a difference.  We begin with a dream, dare to hope for what we need and then be amazed and grateful for what comes together.

Resources Needed 

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Last Minute Wishes: Gently used 4G Iphone for an American family living and serving full time in ET(allows for special rates to call the US)  donated! 

1000 washcloths/wipes purchased in Addis for the daycare in the garbage dump($1 each). Fully Funnded!

Water Well Projects: 2 Wells Funded

Chickens 90 funded, 8 coops funded and chicken feed funded!

Sheep 10 Fully Funded!

Cow only 1 available Fully Funded!

Learning Materials coloring art supplies, 1300 multi-colored crayons, 600 pencils, 14 scissors, 10 water colors, art books,  glue sticks, Fully Funded!

Princess Project for Children’s Heaven: Up to 100 girls, totes and treasures.  Coordinated by Shana Fully Funded!

Chicken Coop and Dinner for Children’s Heaven:  Coordinated by Kimberly Fully Funded! 

Fruit and Bread  Women’s prison –  Fully funded!

KOLFE Boys Orphanage: fruit and bread for 300-fully funded, one traditional tibbs, shiro and injerra meal for 300 orphan boys, fully funded! 

Medical supplies purchased in country for simple needs like scabies, worms, bandages and as needed Fully funded!

Emergency Medical supplies brought with us, $100

Shoes and socks for the village children $10 per child (foot washing, socks and shoes purchased in Addis Ababa and transported to the village) 92 pairs sponsored! 

Sporting Equipment50 Soccer balls, 4 volleyballs Fully Funded!

Community soccer game supplies30 soccer jerseys & shorts for 2 teams, referee shirt, game ball fully funded!

Music supplies: battery powered CD player-funded!, children’s CDs/donated, extra batteries $15

Rural supplies:  battery powered lights (donate supplies or $ to purchase)

Village Cooking Materials: firewood is difficult to get and labor intensive for the women and children and it damages their bodies.  We need an alternative or more efficient cooking source besides fire for the village.  We will start in Mamma’s house and pilot the new idea during the visit. Pilot this program for $350 50% funded!

Community Meal supplies: sheep, Teff grain, sugar, coffee, popcorn, beans $25 serves 10 people, 226 meals sponsored/ unlimited available

Hygiene supplies: soap, Fully Funded!

Rain barrel filtration system $TBD per rain barrel

Sponsored Tubs/airline baggage for donated supplies.   Multiply your gift times 5!  We have beautiful clothing and blankets that are donated and we only need the shipping fee.  1 blanket & children’s outfit costs approx $4.  A $20 value.

30 Bibles colorful children’s bibles: Fully Funded!

Gently used or new clothing donated and waiting for shipping!

Blankets donated and waiting for shipping!

Care packages for the Americans we visit who have given their lives to serve and stay long term in Ethiopia. Priceless 

Vacation Bible School Programming: Fully Funded! 


We are a volunteer driven group giving of our love, resources and abilities.  Watch for our postings on the Embrace Compassion Facebook Page to keep you informed of the gifts that you have given!

Why Clean Water?

A core position we take at Embrace Compassion is to adopt one larger project at a time that we can partner with a local indigenous group of people who desire to do something big and forward thinking for their community.  Our first such project was in 2011 in partnership with the people of Arjo.  We were able to complete a clean water spring well by providing the sand, rocks and money for the engineering, government approval and water testing.  The people of the community ASKED US for the help, we gave small amounts of funds to the community and they did all of the work.  They completed what they set out to do for their own people.

Of course there was some resistance, in that some of the people would have rather had the funds to buy food and worry about tomorrow later.  The struggle is not unusual.  When any amazing and new thing is begun, naysayers will surface.  What is astounding is that the people who wanted this to happen, stepped up, pushed through and completed the job.  No American hands were physically lifted.  Prayers went up, dollars were sent and the Africans stood for their own and showed their dignity in blessing their people.

Why do we do these types of projects?

  1. I believe each project makes a significant difference, one village at a time.
  2. It allows us to build relationship with Africans who we can empower to help themselves.
  3. There is not a better way to show God’s love than to work alongside a brother or sister and meet basic needs.

We are being asked again, by the people and the local government, if we will help with more clean water.  Shouldn’t everyone have access to parasite free clean water?  Will you help us?


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Recent Updates

Delightful silent auction treasures are still coming in! We could not do what we do without the help of so many generous partners! Thank you Leatherman Consumer Cellular Flipside Hats Disneyland Sherwood Ice Arena Oaks Park Roller Rink Wildlife Safari Pittock Mansion and so many more!! The Obo Addy Legacy Project drummers will be joining us too!!

Don’t forget to buy your ticket!!!! embracecompassion.org/end-of-the-year-benefit-2017/

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Nekempte hospital is the leading hospital in western Ethiopia, specifically in the Oromia region. Approximately 5 million people surround the hospital and are serviced by the staff at this medical facility.

We would like to highlight some new progress currently underway at the hospital. Dr. Haileyesus, the lead surgeon, has worked diligently to establish teamwork among the staff, the local community and with other non profit helping teams across the world. Doctor Haileyesus finds great success in working hard to build an infrastructure that supports the best care possible for patients. He sees great value in bringing together multiple helpers and team players for the best results.

While our wonderful doctor is very humble, we will boast of some of the wonderful achievements that have come from his leadership and partnership with others.

We are celebrating the opening of a new operating theater that will increase the number of surgeries by 50%! The new operating room gives more options as we have added a new orthopedic surgeon who is using SIGN materials to repair badly broken bones.

We are also celebrating the addition of a new skin grafting dermatome machine that has already increased our level of care for our patients.

With much thanks to the community and their support, to Doctor Haileyesus and his humble leadership and to the supporting NGO’s like Sign and Embrace Compassion, our team is making a wonderful impact for the Oromia region.

Nekemte Public Referral Hospital Haileyesus Tesfaye Jeanne Dillner Jennifer Bridges

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We are collecting brand new soccer balls for our kids for Christmas! Feel free to send them directly to our office or to one of our volunteers homes. We will be collecting through Christmas. ...

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