In the Spring of 2008 I was fortunate to meet Emebet Bellingham and Euyeal Joseph Zeleke of the organization The World Family. Their organization had two main mission goals: 1) Improve the quality of health care in Ethiopia and reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and other preventable diseases by providing medical equipment and supplies for Ethiopian rural health care centers AND 2) Support comprehensive care for orphans and their communities through self-sufficient and sustainable programs. One of the The World Family's biggest and most successful projects was the building of a community center in a small rural community called Gara Dima (near the town of Metahara).
In July 2008 my wife and I traveled to Ethiopia, met up with Emebet and E. Joseph, and traveled together to Gara Dima. While in Gara Dima we ran a 3 session class on building small solar lights. For younger kids, we ran two drawing classes and one painting class. In just 5 days, about 30 solar charging lights were soldered, 50 brilliant paintings were created, and dozens of portraits were drawn. The community was quite excited for the opportunity as were we. To say that these were wonderful people is an understatement.
Read more about the project on the World Family website.