Children, Poverty, Education, Hope- and Smiles

children3In a certain section of the capital city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (population 3,384,569) live the poorest of the poor. Families are relegated to living among the city’s trash dumps, many begging for a living, to put food on the table. Organizations like The Berhan Yehun Project Ethiopia seek to aid the children of these families through education, medical care, food and school supplies; offering hope for a different future.

The Minnesota Connection

AzebAzeb Gebretsadik, a Social Worker at The West Seventh Community Center in St. Paul, MN, left Addis Ababa at 17 with her father and four sisters. They packed their belongings and within a few weeks were on their way to Nairobi, where they lived for 18 months before making the long journey to Minnesota.

Azeb knows there are many ways to give back to the people of Ethiopia, in particular the children. One day, she would like to establish a primary and secondary school in her native country. For now, she strives to meet smaller goals through her church Action Group (Ethiopian Evangelical Church in Minnesota) – raising funds for school supplies for children in need– not unlike The Berhan Yehun Project.

If you would like to join Azeb on the first step of her journey to help some kids in  one small community within Addis Ababa, visit Azeb’s wchildren2ebpage on Crowd Rise:

Once child reached may light an entire community…and the ripples upon the water are eternal.

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

Dress For Success is an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the economic independence of women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.

I volunteered to do the photography at the spring fund-raising event held at Aria Minneapolis last week. To see more photos of the event visit: Dress for Success photos


Wish I had a Million…but not why you might think!


I love working with kids on photo projects. They are SO candid and utterly uninhibited. Poor teachers…I leave a trail of chaos behind me. Today I visited a small Catholic school in the neighborhood. The kids are working on a special project to support Fresh Grounds, a non-profit coffee-house and social venture that is a great place to hang out and is also a job training site for at-risk youth.

Here are a couple of my favs (oh, by the way- the Archdiocese is closing this school..too much money dontcha’ know. Of course they have lots of dollars for other battles, but I won’t sully the post with politics.) If anyone HAS a million to donate- that is what it will take to keep the school open, and these kindergarteners won’t be scattered about.

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GiveMN Earle Brown Elementary Cool Kids!

Good Morning, Afternoon, or Evening WordPress family!!

Today is a very special day. Non-profit organizations all across the state of Minnesota are raising money, which will be matched, to support the wonderful work they do.

I am so proud to help Earle Brown Elementary in north Minneapolis, MN. 1300 children attend this school, many of whom are transient, due to the hardships faced by their families.

Principal Jane Ellis, her staff, and all the kids, hope to raise funds to buy books and equipment for the school media center/ library.

Please feel free to share, tweet, pin, or donate!!!!

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