Children’s Center Goes Solar (we also have our own clean water system)!
Children Project 2012 Report
Awassa, Ethiopia. July 12,
2011 - Today we are pleased to announce that the Hawassa Children’s Center is 100% solar! This means solar energy powers the houses for the children, compound lights, the 25 computers in the lab and other devices. “This represents a giant leap forward and well use of a very kind donation by many good hearted Germans.” said Girma Melessa, Executive Director of the Children’s Center. “Promoting a truly sustainable approach, we now have clean water from our well, total solar power, large gardens for food, and planted hundreds of trees to help the environment and prevent soil erosion into Lake Awassa.”
- Dear International Board, I have some good news to report from HCC! After studying hard for their final exams our children have successfully completed their first semester. With the exception of a few children, I can say that all of our children have improved this year and i am very proud of their report cards. I must give special mention to our youngest students, many of whom have ranked first, second and third in their classes.
In other news, as some of you may know, Stella Heyliger, our volunteer, was married to Fitsum Tsebelu here at the Center last month. Fitsum has been teaching sports and dance to our children on the weekends since this summer. Stella and Fitsum will be going to America for a few months in the coming weeks for the delivery of their baby in July. We will miss them very much. I have attached a photo from their wedding to this email.
I hope that this email finds you all in good health. I look forward to speaking with you soon.
Sat, 29 Nov 2008 8:38 pm
Subject: The Awassa Children's Project
Dear Family and Friends,
I hope that this letter finds you well this holiday season! As you may
know, Ada and I are on the board of directors for the Awassa Children's
Project (ACP). ACP provides support to two organizations in Awassa,
Ethiopia: the Awassa Children's Center (the Children's Center) which
fully supports 60 children primarily orphaned by AIDS; and the Awassa
Youth Campus (the Youth Campus), whose mission includes supporting the
acclaimed One Love HIV/AIDS Education Theatre (OLT), a traveling
theatrical company that produces and performs educational awareness
shows about HIV/AIDS, drug abuse, environmental issues, and women's
This past year, donations were allocated to the Children's Center and
applied to the costs of providing housing, food, clothing, school
supplies (uniforms, books and tuition), and medical expenses for our 60
children. We were also able=2 0to build two new houses for children at
the Center thanks in part to a generous grant from the United States
Agency for International Development (USAID). Our children at the
Children's Center continue to excel in school, with thanks to a grant
for educational expenses from a fellow non-profit, Educate the Children,
and its director, Prem Advani.
In addition to caring for the children at the Children's , the Youth
Campus continues to rock the world for literally hundreds of kids in the
community each day! This short YouTube video will show you what we mean:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82-FwLDyxiQ (thanks Renee for filming
this)! With support from very special donors we were able to build the
first regulation hardtop basketball court in Awassa, while One Love
Theatre has performed for over 15,000 people this year – bringing
critical AIDS Education Awareness Theatre to people around the country.
One Love Theatre owes a special thanks to Blue Man Group, which has been
one of our strongest supporters from the beginning.
As20we head into 2009, we're asking for your support with the task of
raising money for the children as well as for our HIV/AIDS education
efforts. As our operations continue to grow, I would like to request
that you take a few minutes and follow this link:
We are a grassroots organization that thrives on donations. It only
takes a moment, but by signing up on our website to make a monthly
donation of $15, $20, or $25 you would help us plan for the future of
these children, and would mean an enormous amount to myself, Ada, and
the children at both the Children's Center and Youth Campus. Long-Term
planning allows us to help more kids, and offer more programming. That
said, we appreciate any donations in any amount, which can also be done
at our website or mailed directly (see Contact Us on the website for the
mailing address). All donations are tax deductible.
One small note, if you're in Chicago next weekend, please come and join
us for our 7th Annual World AIDS Day Event at the Wild Hare. We have an
evening of musicians and other performers who donate their talent to
help the children. Every year we have a wonderful time! You can read all
about it and the One Love Theatre Blog found on our website:
www.awassachildrensproject.org . Here are the details:
Sunday December 7th, 2008
7pm - 11pm
The Wild Hare
3530 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL
Thank you very much for your support for this program and we wish you a
very Happy Holiday Season to you and yours! Be on the look out for our
2008 Newsletter, which hit the presses this weekend. It will also be
Paul and Ada
p.s. Please forward this on to anyone you think might be interested in
work like this, we have a wonderful (safe and successful) team of
volunteers from all over the United States working in Ethiopia at both
the Children's Center and Youth Campus this year, we thank them as well!
-- Paul Chadha --
Awassa Children's Project
Aiding Children ~ Fighting AIDS