Dispatch: Supporting Ethiopian Orphanages

Community members Ben and Katie Bradley will soon be traveling to Ethiopia to bring home their daughter! We have walked this adoption journey with them for the past four years and want to help provide some practical items for the children who are still in America World’s transition homes and orphanages. The Bradleys will be able to transport up to 400 pounds of luggage, and Real Life Church hopes to fill that up with the following items:

  • unscented baby wipes (important: unscented/sensitive skin wipes are the only type used)
  • socks for children newborn to 16 years old
  • antibacterial hand gel (large as well as handheld/individual containers needed)
  • diaper cream, specifically with zinc oxide (Desitin or Boudreaux’s)
  • towels for infants

Here’s a note from Ben and Katie about this undertaking:

This summer or fall, we’ll get to travel to Ethiopia two times: first to finally meet our daughter and go to court to formally adopt her, and then a second time to take custody, go to an embassy appointment, and bring her home.
While in Ethiopia, we will visit several orphanages in Addis Ababa, as well as in the remote region our daughter originated from. These orphanages like many much-needed supplies, and the postal system is not reliable. We plan to hand deliver these items with your help!

We each get to bring two 50-pound pieces of luggage with us on both trips. That makes 400 pounds of luggage, which we plan to fill almost entirely with donations. We have been collecting items to bring over for the last four years, and have reached out to local businesses, as well.

Thank you for joining us in providing items that are needed by children and caretakers in the orphanages of Ethiopia! These items will help me get huge difference in quality of care!

Please be sure to check all expiration dates to ensure that items will not expire in the near future. Bring donations to the church by Sunday, June 20, and place them in the donation chest in the entry. Thank you for helping make a difference in the lives of these children and their caretakers!

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