We have a new featured Connection for the spring. As you know $100 from each photo session goes directly to a featured organization. All me to introduce you to this season’s organization- ESMAfrica.
ESMAfrica operates out of the southern Ethiopian city of Hawassa. I like to call them “The Yes Ministry”, because that always seems to be their answer when a new need comes along. Their reach is in many aspects of the community, primarily three children’s homes:
Ebenezer Grace Children’s Home (EGCH)- The flagship home opened its doors in 2010. Most of the children came into this family due to abandonment. Others came as a means of being saved from traditional tribal practices that declares them “cursed” (Mingi), which carries a death sentence. This is an orphanage that feels more like a loving home.
Lantu’s Home of Hidden Treasures – This home was dedicated to the memory of Lantu (EGCH’s first child, who had many special needs). The focus is to be a place where special needs and typically developing children live side-by-side. I can personally vouch that this is the nicest special needs home I have ever visited in the third world.
House of Hope – Opening later in 2017, is a home for children living with HIV. The unique vision of this home is that these children will have “house parents” and function as a family.
And because a visual is always nice, here are some of the recent photos I shot while visiting ESMAfrica and the surrounding area.
This little one had just been brought to ESMAfrica after having been found in the trash…