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New Shoes, October 2014

A couple of our board members went to a number of outlet malls looking for good end-of-season deals on shoes for the children. On his last visit, Tensaie had the children trace their footprints on paper, so we were able to at least make a good guess about what sizes we needed to buy.

Tensaie Returns, June 2014

Tensaie returned to Ethiopia to visit the children and see how they were doing, to see the new house, to instruct the staff, and to take care of a number of legal and business matters.

Before leaving Minnesota, Tensaie discovered that Berhan Hanson, a former orphan from Nekemte now living in the Twin Cities and attending school at Concordia Academy, would be visiting Nekemte at the same time. Tensaie arranged to meet Berhan at our house in Nekemte. For pictures, see the slideshow of Berhan's Visit.

Gideon's Report

I was born and raised in Nekemte, Wollega, with Mr. Umeta and we went to the same elementary school. We played in the soccer field just a block away where the kids reside in Nekemte, without dreaming of taking responsibility for the younger generation supposed to play in the same soccer field. Unfortunately they are not as lucky to be happy and enjoy the soccer field like we did.

Just few years ago when Mr. Umeta told me his thoughts of doing something for unfortunate orphan kids, I said he is the right man to take on the challenge. God bless him for his work.