Friday, July 19, 2013

6 things every one who is Awake and Alive must know. Are you Awake and Alive?

----->What is the point? 
To provide education and economic empowerment for children and their families to transform lives and communities in Ethiopia.
----->Where do we work? 
In the slum community of Kechene on the north side of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

----->Why there?   
There is a severe lack of education in Kechene. This lack of education creates a high illiteracy rate and contributes heavily to extreme poverty; however, there are other dangers waiting for children who are not at their desks—including sexual abuse, unwanted pregnancy, child prostitution, and a vicious cycle of poverty and street life.

----->How have we made an impact? 

 We have opened an academy that has provided 68 street children with hope for change. Giving them access to education, medical treatment and consistent meals. The academy not only reaches the children but the support system behind them providing health care and food for hundreds in the Kechene community.

----->What is our vision? Our vision is to become a full-blown, sustainable, academy. Raising leaders up to transform the community of Kechene and beyond! We believe that our academy holds Doctors, nurses, teachers, preachers, politicians, scientists, and engineers.  We also believe that there is a lot more untapped talent out there that needs your support to be a part of our project!

----->What can you do?  

Become Awake and Alive! Support what we are doing. And share us with your friends! The more people we reach the more people we can reach!

         Hold an online fundraiser for Awake and Alive. Simply click HERE to develop your story as to why you want to become Awake and Alive, set your fundraising goal, and share it with your friends and family!

      Donate: to The 44 Campaign
The 44 Campaign ranges for $44.00 to $44,000 and gives a simple visual of how different increments of 44 support Bright Future Academy.
$44 = School supplies/meals for 1 child for a month (you can set up automatic monthly donations)
$440 = Rent for the entire school for one month
$4,400 = Teachers salaries for the year
$44,000 = Support the entire school for a year
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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Safe and Sound

I just talked to the team. They are doing great. Tired, but they are getting things done. They will update further tomorrow when they get to the internet wifi at the guest house.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Clear your calendars. You do not want to miss this!

(Featured in the picture is Eyob, one of the students at our Academy.) 

We have been working with Epic Church of Mishawaka since the beginning of Awake and Alive. They have supported and believed in our cause from the start! We are so thankful for them! Here is Pastor Jeremy to fill you all in on the upcoming Hope Gala.  
The evening will consist of live entertainment, a silent auction, some desserts and wine. Also the Director of Awake and Alive will give a presentation, showing a video of the school that was started in the slums of Kechene.

The odds are against th
ese kids as they combat both the AIDS epidemic, starvation and sickness. Sadly many times these children have become orphans. This cycle often continues from generation to generation because there are few other options and thus no hope. With food, shelter, medical treatment and education these kids will have the potential for a Bright Future. All proceeds are going to the Academy in the Kechene slum! The more funding that comes in the more children we can get off the streets and on a path towards hope!

It will be an evening of hearing and seeing stories of hope and then having an opportunity to partner with the Awake & Alive Organization in order to help more children!

We want to see all of YOU there! We need you to RSVP as there will be desserts catered. Please RSVP today!! 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Best Pep Talk We've Ever Heard

"We can cry about it or we can dance about it.
We were made to be awesome. Let's get out there!"

The world is waiting for you to pursue your dreams.

Get out there!

By the way, you can get out there with Awake & Alive at the Hope Gala on February 23! It will be a night of friends, dessert, wine, entertainment, and opportunities to give hope to the children of Ethiopia. 

You can find more info and RSVP here.

Can't wait to see you there!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Notes on Notes: Ben Howard

We've been hooked on Ben Howard for some time now and with the cold outside, this video gives some hope that things will eventually thaw out. Enjoy.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Hope Beckons

Cold, chaotic, damp
Still Peace whispers my name
Your word is my lamp
I will never be the same

Hope beckons all deftly
With education, no more cries
New beginnings speak softly
Drowning out the lies

“You’re worthless!  You don’t matter”
So loud the torment screams
Yet breaking through the blather
Calls the Creator of dreams

With courage, we journey on
Warmth is here in this place
We are more than just pawns
We are the human race

-Danielle Black, Co-founder