After four years of hard work dividing my time between the USA and Ethiopia, I am finally home with my family! Over the past four years I have devoted of my energy to getting my college education and growing our supporters abroad. I now proudly hold a BA in Economics and African Studies from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
You will be exposed to many opportunities to support good work around the world, especially as the fall and winter months approach. I ask that you remember Omo Child during this time. We truly need your help.
The Ethiopian government has licensed Omo Child to fulfill two roles: (1) To care for the children whose lives we have saved and who are directly under our care and (2) to raise awareness and ultimately put an end to the mingi practice in the Omo Valley. We are the only organization licensed by the government and doing this work—we are these kids’ only hope.
We run on a very tight budget, month-to-month and day-to-day. We are not able to plan and implement necessary upgrades to our home. The immediate needs of our children consume all of our available resources. Our family grows each time another life is put in danger, but our facilities and our monthly income have stayed the same.
Unfortunately, we do not have the funds to continue our mingi awareness work in the Omo Valley. There are still more than 50,000 people who believe mingi children are cursed and must be killed and as long as the practice persists, we will have no choice but to take in more children.
Your support will not only sustain the lives of our growing family, but it will save the lives of many more children. You can be the difference between developing an entire generation of new leaders for my region, or continuing to watch my culture and my people struggle.
The hard fact is that we simply do not have the financial means to see our solutions to an end. This is truly a matter of life and death, a matter of preserving peoples and cultures and a matter of supporting them in a healthy, sustainable manner. Help me prove that these saved children will be the generation that can bring hope to our world.
Our mission is no small order; we are trying to change the mindset of over 50,000 people in order to impact endless future generations to come. As you are faced with many opportunities to give to different causes in the coming months, please remember Omo Child.