In January, AHOPE Ethiopia was honored with a visit from the US Congressional Delegation (CODEL) of the Committee on African Affairs. Ethiopia was the first country they visited during their trip through Africa and the members generously spent a morning with our children and families.
AHOPE hosted a program on the day they visited. Upon arrival, the members of the delegation were greeted by our children with flowers. Coffee was available as everyone took their seats for the program. The members and guests were then greeted by our executive directors, Mengesha Shibru and Julie Wadler. The presentation of our AHOPE video followed. Afterwards, Meseret, one of our Youth Transition Home girls sang for the group. A spokesperson from each of our children’s homes talked about their program. The youngsters chosen to represent their programs included Eskindir from Little AHOPE; Birhanu from the Family Group Homes; Elshaday and Haileab from Youth Transition Home and Eyob from Independent Living. Upon completion of the program the delegates got to visit with families from the different cooperatives that had tables set up with items from their businesses. Before leaving, the members were able to get in some much enjoyed play time with the children!
All of us at AHOPE for Children and AHOPE Ethiopia want to thank every member of the CODEL for their visit. This meant a lot to our children, families and staff.