I just returned to the States from another visit to Ethiopia. I spent a wonderful week with the children and parents in our community. Over the years, I have gotten to know them, and I always love having this one-on-one time with them. Our community is like family to me.
While there, I had the great pleasure of seeing Lelt’s new Community Center for the first time. We moved here in June, and prior to that we were in a building down the road with cramped quarters and constant water problems. Lelt Foundation has been anxiously anticipating our move into this newly constructed Center for quite some time.
I couldn’t be more excited about this new facility. The building provides 2 classrooms, a large dining room, staff offices and a dedicated music room (this practice room is being used constantly... our piano students are motivated!). We now have 2 bathrooms and a shower stall for children that do not have running water at home. Our dining room has tables and benches, so there is no more eating in plastic chairs while children balance plates on their laps. This Community Center is just a 4-minute walk from the local public school, so it is easy and convenient for our children to come and eat every day during their lunch hour. We also have a library, and a private office for counseling appointments with our staff therapist. Counseling is offered to all parents and children in our programs.
I was overwhelmed by the calm, peace and happiness I felt in this compound. But this sensation was not attained because of our new building… this was accomplished from the hard work and determination of every person inside our compound walls. Lelt’s staff works tirelessly to help the people of Kara Kore, and the community we serve works tirelessly to pull themselves and their children out of the cycle of poverty.
The nature of our work, providing assistance to severely impoverished and disadvantaged families, can be profoundly difficult. There are so many people to help, and so many have experienced such great loss. So feeling this incredible sense of calm, love and optimism inside our front gate is very enriching for me. Through your continued support, we have been able to give our community the gift of hope.
I am extremely grateful for your compassion and support.