Browsing Month 'July, 2010'


The Hopethiopia team takes some time out in Wolisso, a medium sized town located about 130km SW of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This was our home for 2 weeks and proved to be a very comfortable and inviting place. The team stayed at the Belay hotel. The local market in Wolisso. Judging by the amout of [...]


While staying in Wolisso the mission team would occasionally visit Negash Lodge, a beautiful retreat lodge that was full of Wildlife, exotic vegetation, and wonderful cultural architecture. Uzo goes for a swing on the vines found in the lush vegetation of Negash Lodge. The team takes time to visit Negash Lodge. Here they sit on [...]


To provide some practical assistance to the community the mission team helped paint the local health care centre. Some of the local high school students decided to come out and help the team paint.¬† It turned out that “rollers” were a novel concept for Ethiopians that made to whole painting process much quicker.


To provide a valuable keepsake for the high school students the mission team lead a craft time  where the students made a self photo picture and frame that they were able to customize


Over the 2 days that the mission team ran the leadership camp we had at least 100 students participate enthusiastically. The team got the students to report out the findings of the mind mapping exercises and creativity was rewarded with some snazzy Hopethiopia prizes. Glenda leads the report out session. Winners of the report out [...]

Girls working out

Day 1 of the High School leadership camp began with some fun out of the box activities including: Dress like a Canadian, sing some songs, answer the “Top 10″ questions. The team had fun getting to know 100 grade 9 and 10 students from the local high school. We then moved into some mind mapping [...]

Break time

A newly consrtucted picnic table becomes home for the team lunch. At the moment this is winter in Ethiopia and the rainy season can bring heavy rains which is great news for the farmenrs and for reforestation but can be a real damper on outdoor lunches.


One of the cornerstone projects of HOPEthiopia is that of reforestation. The mission team participated in starting up reforestation at the new north nursery site by planting trees provided by Eden Reforestation projects. Here team members are shown planting a variety of seedlings.

Shiffay with orphanes

Hello friends and family of HOPEthiopia! Jennifer Kohlhammer (formerly Jennifer Dubienski) here…Ralph & Glenda’s oldest daughter. I am writing to inform you of the most recent adventures of the HOPEthiopia team, as internet is apparently hard to come by where they are. After arriving safe and sound in Ethiopia this past weekend, the team of [...]

Farming in Harbu Chulule

The Hopethiopia Community team arrived in Ethiopia on July 18th and hit the ground runing after acclimatizing to the 8000′ altitude.