Monday, August 6, 2007

Mission Monday: Send Surprises To Orphans In Africa!

A few weeks back I recommended a book called There Is No Me Without You, the story of a windowed Ethiopian woman who started an orphanage for children orphaned by AIDS.
The people who run orphanages must take every cent they come across and use it to feed, clothe, educate, and keep healthy, the children they care for. They often have no extra money to spend on frivolous things like toys.
My mission for you, should you choose to accept it, is to take a shoe box and fill it with small toys. Happy Meal toys are the perfect size and some are really amusing! Other ideas are packages of balloons, PEZ dispensers and PEZ candies, pads of paper and boxes of crayons, matchbox cars, silly putty, glowsticks, etc.
The reason for using a shoebox is because it is a small, light size. People in Ethiopia don't get mail service directly to their door... someone from the orphanage must pick up the mail and carry it, by foot or bicycle, back to the orphanage. So sending heavy packages is not practical. Plus, heavy packages might be stolen. And people in Ethiopia have to pay customs on imported packages... so if it is a large package full of expensive things, they may not even be able to afford it!
Once the shoebox is filled with exciting things, wrap it up and send it to:

Haregewoin Teferra
Gullele Sub-City Kebele 10/11/12
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

When you fill out the customs form, be sure to list the value as less than $5.00, or "of no commercial value."

You may also like to write a letter of encouragement to the children at the orphanage. Tell them about yourself and your children, and let them know that they are in your thoughts and prayers!

I hope you choose to accept this mission!


amaras_mom said...

Next pay day, count me in!

Gloria said...

I like this idea. I can't participate too much in this kind of thing yet because I'm on a student budget but dammit, I'll definitely do it when I get a real job (less than a year to go!). I've bookmarked a lot of your entries for future reference seeing that I'll be graduating soon. I've tagged you to do 5 old post that you think first time readers to your blog should read, or any 5 old post with issues that you are passionate about. If you don't mind doing it, that is!

Alicia Perry said...

Have you heard about the National Day of Care? It's a day for all Americans to give to a ministry or humanitarian organization of their choice that supports orphans in Africa. Donations made to the National Day of Care, a nonprofit, are dispersed to organizations such as World Vision and Samaritan's Purse. This is a national movement held the Sunday before Valentine's Day, Feb. 10. Churches, businesses and all individuals can participate. Their website is Help us spread the word!