Henna 4 Hope
Hey guys! I hope you are all enjoying your Holiday season! As most of you know, I had a “Henna 4 Hope” party on Saturday to help get some of the women out of crisis. The goal was $150 and……
*insert drum roll*
I am pleased to announce that we made over $200!!! Which is over 4500 Ethiopian Birr, & with such sort notice I am really thankful for everyone’s participation!
I want to shout out Henon (Lily) for although being miles away was the first person to donate! Thanks so much girl for you support
Thanks to everyone who came to the Henna party & especially Reda for donating your bomb henna skills!
The exact number will be announce once I send it in a couple days, because I am still expecting more donations :)
Here are a few more photos!
& If you like to continue to donate please go to https://www.gofundme.com/DEARETHIOPIA or if you don’t like gofundme click here for more options http://dearethiopia.tumblr.com/donat
Your Help is Needed!
Meet the unfiltered, unadulterated, absolute, uncontaminated truth. This is Emabet, Bereket’s mother. I met her last year when her and her daughter stole my heart. This summer I was able to spend many days with them. Going to trips to the city, staying in cheap motels, enjoying the Blaze Christian Conference. She was a part of a “non” for profit “christian” organization that was supposed to support her by providing her basic needs. BUT that wasnt the truth. This summer she was dropped from the program they day rent was due, and I did what I could to support her in the mean time. I only had enough to pay for August and September rent and thankfully found and anonymous donor that will be covering the rest of the months starting Nov 1st. Unfortunately that left a gap for the month of OCT and since she has a mouth to feed and no skills her option was to turn back into prostitution. This photo was taken Nov 17th, 2015 (two days ago). She was beaten by one of her John. Praise God now, she has her future covered in expenses and part of her agreement is to go to a counselor that I lived with for part of the summer. Unfortunately this isnt the case for some of the other women I worked with this summer coming out of prostitution. Some of their businesses are failing. Some find it difficult to work while having an infant. There are 8 women who need a total of $150 to cover the cost of food, child care cost (one month 4 babies), water, and rent. Would you consider donating? gofundme.com/dearethiopia or click the link in my bio and hit the “donate” tab for other options. Thank you!
Jael or Job?
Arriving into Canada’s international airport I was directed and lead to the wrong line which caused my to miss my connecting flight. The guy was busy texting he just said I “needed” to go and pick up my luggages and take them upstairs, and pointed me in the direction with the other Ethiopians. After wasting 25 mins and several trips back and forth, I finally went up to someone else I was informed that US citizens’ luggages are already upstairs. I jet up stairs…heated at this point to find that plane is boarding & I cannot get on and the next flight wasnt for another 4 hours.
Disappointed is an understatement when it comes to Air Canada. Not flying with them any time soon.
Then the next day, and for the next several weeks I found myself in OSU’s financial aid office because my scholarships and grants were completely messed up. Turns out somewhere, somehow, OSU thought I already received my bachelors degree. After 9 weeks of verification some of my grants finally come in….
But I’m thinking like WHAT degree? If so handed over, I can bang out early!
Now remember, I just spent the ENTIRE summer in Ethiopia, as well as last summer. Which means that those months I could not work, and I was heavily relying on my aid. Also, during the school year I was saving money for the trip. Savings & checking accounts have been completely depleted. Not to mention that although I had both my debit and credit with me in Ethiopia. They were BOTH used by someone spending a couple thousands of dollars on JustFab, UDF, KFC and random other place.
The Lord had to literally provide my taxi trip (which is $40USD) from Debre Zeyit to Addis, because ya girl didnt have it. Thank you Yared for helping me out!!!
With my bank accounts on 0, and financial aid trippin’ rent is coming up, cell phone needs to be turned on & gas needs to be in the tank so why not get a job? Well the work study I was supposed to be granted, wasn’t because of OSU’s financial aid mishap. I just started working about 2 weeks ago, and OSU’s policy is you have to work about a month before you get your first pay check. So the struggle bus continues….On top of stressing about paying bill, OSU drop me from my classes, threatening my projected graduation date of May 2016.
So class= a wreck
Finances as well.
Next stop the home life….
Lordt. Jesus. Pray for me please(:
Part two will be later :) stay tuned.
Typical day of my last few weeks in #Ethiopia. Buying Sambusa from big Meseret & Chai from Little Meseret, as we are taking a small break from an interview with Nigist’s help. 😊(at Bishoftu, Shewa, Ethiopia)
Hey beauties, its Camille(: 26, The Ohio State Alumna.