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Dreaming

This past October, I traveled to Ethiopia with a team of dreamers. We dreamt of long flights, 50 pound luggage, bottled water, and hand sanitizer. We dreamt of little people, giggles, hugs, and new friends. As it turns out, we found that Ethiopia is full of dreamers too.

Our guest house was run by a woman who had trusted God when he led her to open her own guest house. She was full of hospitality and hope. She served us fresh coffee and popcorn while she told us of her plans and how she was living her dreams. She dreamt of having an impact on her country and her people. We saw her dreams every day in the way she ministered and served those around her.

Our driver/translator, once separated from his family and working hard as a child to meet his own needs, was living the dream of owning his own business and using it to help others. His investment of love and dignity in those around him gave others the opportunity to dream.

In Ethiopia, especially in Addis Ababa, the children dream of becoming pilots. They see planes flying over their city, planes that bring other dreamers to their country. The planes represent dreams, flight, freedom. We had the opportunity to meet a woman whose child attends the preschool, Love Ethiopia Academy. Her house was small. Her story was hard. She struggled with an illness that made it hard for her to get and keep work. But she could dream. She dreamt of a day that her son would become a pilot and he would fly them to visit us in our homes. To share coffee and bread. To share our stories and our dreams.

That’s when I thought about my dream. I want to teach them to fly. My dream of long flights, 50 pound luggage, bottled water, and hand sanitizer is just the shell of the dream. This dream is filled with supplies for the children, new clothes, toothbrushes, school supplies, games, crafts, gifts… all pieces of dreams… that when put into place make it possible for these precious children to learn to fly.

As I reflect on the trip. On the dreamers. I wonder, do you dream? What do you dream of?
Have you ever thought that your dreams may contain the power to help others dream??

Audra Koning
Dreamer

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Dear One Love Supporters,

In July, One Love celebrated our first anniversary!  As new non-profiteers entering into

unchartered  territory, we were navigating with eyes wide open and an abundance of faith.  This year was one filled with joy, heart ache, hard work and perseverance.  We have learned a thing or two along the way and have thus decided to make a small change to the way we structure our monthly support.

 

One thing we love about One Love (and we think you will too) is that there are no salaries paid from our general operating budget.  We run completely on volunteer support, ensuring that your contributions go directly to educating, enriching, and empowering our constituents in Ethiopia.  We have over 200 students and 30 staff members at the current preschool One Love supports, Love Ethiopia Academy.  The students receive education, a nutritious meal, and clean water for their families as a part of their monthly tuition.

 

This school plays a critical role in the community in allowing parents the opportunity to work during the day to support their families. Empowering parents means children are able to stay with their families rather than be abandoned to the street or an orphanage.  Parents are less likely to be desperate enough to turn to the back breaking work of fuel wood carrying up and down the mountain.  By giving children early education in a loving environment they experience the confidence and value that education instills.  Many receive the only meal they eat all day at the school.  Entire families are provided with clean water.  The list goes on and on.  The school is a community that supports one another and every child at the school needs your help!

 

When starting One Love we followed suit with many other non-profits of this nature and matched donors up with individual students.  We have decided to change this aspect of our structure because we feel it will be more beneficial to the entire student body of Love Ethiopia Academy.

 

In September, the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, we are asking our monthly donors to make a change from sponsoring an individual child to becoming a monthly supporter of the entire school program. This will provide all of the necessary benefits (education, nutrition, water, uniforms, school supplies, etc.) to every child at the school.  As a monthly supporter, 100% of your donation will go directly to Love Ethiopia Academy in Ethiopia.

 

 

We know that many of you have become attached to your specific child, which is easy to do – they are wonderful children!  If you would like to continue to connect with a specific child, we would be happy to provide you with a picture and some basic information for a current student at the school so you can be praying for them with your family. We will also be taking a care package to each of the 200 students at the school when we visit, so if you enjoyed sending gifts, this is a project in which we would love your help.

In October we are taking a team to visit the Academy in Ethiopia.  One of our main missions while we are there is to collect stories and pictures of students and their families that we can share with you throughout  the year.  All of our families live in difficult situations and we would love for you to know more about the people you are helping with your monthly donation.  Look for those stories to begin in late 2017!

We thank you for your support of One Love.  If you have any questions about this or any other aspect of the organization, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

In His Love,

Kit & Mandy Bradshaw Jared & Megghan St. Aubyn Co-Founders

It is our hope for those who travel with us to provide a place to share their testimonies during and after their travels to Ethiopia.