BENEFITING: VISIONS GLOBAL EMPOWERMENT
EVENT DATE: Oct 07, 2014
I'm riding my bike from Hancock, Maryland to Pittsburgh, PA beginning on July 19th to benefit the Deaf Education and Empowerment in Ethiopia program I volunteered with last summer. While the riding will be fun and exciting - it will be my first solo ride and my first self-supported ride (meaning I'm hauling all my own stuff) - it just seemed that it would be more significant if the effort would help to raise funds for this great effort. And while I'm a little late in getting this fund-raising site posted, I'm hoping you will help me support this terrific cause. Even $10 will make a difference for these kids and teachers - and your donation is tax deductible.
Many of you know when I visited Ethiopia last summer, the experience was really terrific. Visions Global Empowerment makes a big impact in a small place. The program is working with teachers of the deaf, deaf students, local NGOs that work with the deaf community, and much much more. Their efforts include education, awareness, and fun for students who have been largely ignored for much of their lives. The opportunities provided by this program include scholarships, work-life training and job-skills and are grounded by public awareness through working with local educators and school programs. As a result of just one of our efforts last summer - teaching the kids to knit as one of their activities, some of them are now making and selling crafts that provides income for their families and makes them more self-reliant.
In addition, the program is funding student aides by paying the salaries for 2 full-time professionals who are deaf themselves. Both Abel and Demelash are so dedicated to the kids at the school in Bahir Dar - and their efforts have really made a difference to show the kids what is possible in their lives professionally. Their salaries are approximately $2,500 per year each.
So these are just a few of the things your donation will support. You can find out more about the program at the following link:
If you’d like to see more photos of the work we did last year in Ethiopia, you can find them on https://ethiopia2013imho.shutterfly.com/ and a super video can be found at: https://ethiopia2013imho.shutterfly.com/pictures/1239
Thanks - sending love and hugs to everyone - Lorraine
NOTES: Any funds raised for this effort will go directly to Visions Global Empowerment - my bike trip is self funded. No contributions will be used to support my ride.…
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