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May 1, 2013

Sponsorship: What Does it Mean to the Waggoner Family?

We’re excited to have guest blogger & Ethiopia Advocate, Terry Waggoner, share why he and his family participate in the Lifesong Ethiopia Child Sponsorship Program. Enjoy… Sponsorship: What does it mean to the Waggoner Family? It’s priceless!  Our sponsorship journey started with our youngest daughter picking out the first two kids that we decided to sponsor through my business. My 3 1/2 year-old daughter was Ethiopian born and is the youngest of 6 children. We opened up the link to the Lifesong Ziway/Adami Tulu Project and started looking at the children. My daughter, Anna Tihun Waggoner, pointed to a young girl and said, “Her!”. We looked at her name and to our surprise her name was Tihun. My wife and I looked at each other with tears in our eyes and said lets pick one more child. The next child she picked was a boy. We looked at his name … Continue reading

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April 24, 2013

One Less Orphan… // Lifesong Ethiopia

We invite you to share a word of encouragement to our staff at Lifesong Ethiopia. To do so, please comment on the blog or on our Facebook wall and it will be forwarded to our staff. Thank you in advance for your kind words of support! Update from Lifesong Ethiopia… Meet Beza, 7th grade student at Lifesong Ethiopia who needs a sponsor. Tragically, when Beza was only a 5th grader, she was raped and became pregnant.  Because of Lifesong she was able to receive medical care and safely deliver her son. She currently lives with her mother and brother.  On less than $1 a day making injera, the Ethiopian bread staple, she [Alemeneshe, Beza’s mom] works to provide fresh milk for the baby. They keep the milk in a thermos because they are too poor to own a refrigerator.   Thankfully, Beza is now attending the Lifesong Ethiopia School and realizes that her future has … Continue reading

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April 15, 2013

Help ONE child become ONE LESS statistic!

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What would the world look like if each of us made it our responsibility to see one less orphan without an education…one less orphan without a growling hunger… or one less orphan without a bleak future of poverty?  In the next 45 days, our goal is to find a sponsor for every single child who has yet to be sponsored at our school in Lifesong Ethiopia. (Gulp! That’s a tall order! See below how YOU can help.) We are asking for an investment of just $19/month that will result in a future leader for the renewal of Africa from the inside out. Invest in a life of a child. Invest in self-sufficiency. Invest in bringing hope to one more orphan. Together we can get EVERY child sponsored! Will you help us? How can YOU help each child find a sponsor: PRAY: Join us in praying for the 587 children who are unsponsored in Ethiopia. Pray for the thousands … Continue reading

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February 27, 2013

Making Room for More Students! // Lifesong Ethiopia

We invite you to share a word of encouragement to our staff at Lifesong Ethiopia. To do so, please comment on the blog or on our Facebook wall and it will be forwarded to our staff. Thank you in advance for your kind words of support! Please enjoy this update from Gary Ifft, Lifesong Ethiopia… One thing we want to do this month is to bring you up-to-date with all the construction activity taking place here.  It seems that year after year we worry over construction of facilities to accommodate either our growing number of students or vulnerable children. And 2013 has been and will be no different.  Right now most of the construction is based is the village of Adami Tulu five miles (8 kilometers) south of Ziway.  Under construction are a 9-room L-shaped school building, a dining center twice the size of the largest dining center in Ziway (the reason being that in … Continue reading

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December 31, 2012

Act Now, $7,544 needed by TODAY!

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To buy your blocks & help reach our goal, please donate now! ______________________________________ This past year during enrollment, sadly, we had to turn away 2,000 families because there was no room for their kids in our schools in Ethiopia. Please help provide opportunities for more students this year by giving to complete this building project! ______________________________________ Your giving will be DOUBLED, up to $150,000! Block by Block from Lifesong for Orphans on Vimeo. We have been offered a $150,000 matching gift for all funds donated towards Ethiopia construction/expansion before December 31st!! Funds donated SO FAR: $142,456 Funds STILL NEEDED to receive the MATCHING gift: $7,544  Ziway + Adami Tulu School Project: Phase Three 6 new classrooms to provide space for 2 classes of 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade Library to provide advanced learning opportunities Staff Support Housing for the increased staffing needs as we approach 1000 students Act before it … Continue reading

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December 27, 2012

Students Awarded “Best Behavior” at Soccer Tournament // Lifesong Ethiopia

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Don’t forget about the $150,000 matching gift available now through December 31st! 100% of the funds raised will go towards completing Phase 3 of the Ziway + Adami Tulu Project! For more information visit www.zatproject.com/blocks. Please enjoy this update on Lifesong Ethiopia from Gary Ifft as he shares how our students are building a solid foundation through prayer… Recently I went around the back side of our new two-story school building. As I turned the corner I saw about 30-40 students sitting on the stairs blocking my path. I asked, “What kind of club is this?,” expecting that they were hiding from the staff and up to no good. The boy standing at the bottom of the stairs very politely responded “tselot,” (prayer). I was taken aback and asked them to please continue. Later, our school director, Solomon, came to me and reported that two groups of students had asked … Continue reading

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November 20, 2012

Block by Block-Ethiopia // Matching Grant!

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15,000 concrete blocks to a FUTURE of HOPE & SELF SUFFICIENCY… We are thankful for the many of you who are passionate about the work that is going on in Lifesong Ethiopia. We had an overwhelming support last year as we added space to the Adami Tulu & Ziway schools, completing Phase 2. But our work isn’t done! We invite you to join us for Phase 3 as we grow to provide education for 1000 students. THANKFULLY, we have received a $100,000 matching grant for all funds raised before December 31st!! Ziway + Adami Tulu School Project: Phase Three 6 new classrooms to provide space for 2 classes of 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade Library to provide advanced learning opportunities Staff Support Housing for the increased staffing needs as we approach 1000 students To buy your blocks & help reach our goal, please donate now!

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