Banchayu is 12 years old and came to us together with her little brother Tamirate. They were abandoned in Soddo, and we were so happy to open our care center to them. Banchayu and our other older girls are building strong friendships, and she is doing very well in school. Banchayu is generously sponsored by Danalynn Rooks.
Tamirate is 16 months old, and absolutely a joy. He and his sister Banchayu came to us recently, and Tamirate is adjusting to his new life really well. He is a strong, healthy little guy, who is just bursting with smiles all the time. Tamirate is generously sponsored by Phoebe Lang and Sanjay Bangai.
Nahome is a 10 month old baby boy. He has been with us nearly since he was born, and is a strong, smiley infant. Nahome is generously sponsored by Dr. David Paton.
Tazath is a one year old baby girl who came to us very recently after being found in Soddo. She is doing really well, and about to learn how to crawl! Tazath is generously sponsored by Kristine and Greg Semrau.
Asdesach is a 10 month old baby boy who was found abandoned in Soddo. He came to us as a newborn, and has been doing very well under the care of our nannies. Asdesach is generously sponsored by Anke Hollingshaus and Lisa Crowley.
Abenezer came to us as a newborn, and she is now a little over 8 months old. She is healthy and strong, and doing really well. Abenezer is generously sponsored by Daniela Groenke.
Elilta is an 8 month old baby girl who came to us as a newborn. She is doing really well, eating, sleeping, and growing every day. Elilta is generously sponsored by Curtis Ferguson and Deacon Hill Farm.
Hadassa was found under a tree in Soddo as a newborn. She came to us immediately, and is now safe and loved, and growing like a weed! Hadassa is generously sponsored by Gail Greenough.
Sintota is a 5 year old boy who came to us after being abandoned in Soddo. He spent several months waiting for the government to find his family, but when no one was found, he came to us. He is adjusting to life at Wolayta Village very well, and is a strong, healthy boy. Sintota is generously sponsored by Patricia and Bob Seaman.
Bule is a 7 year old little girl who was found in Soddo. After months of waiting, she finally came home to Wolayta Village, and is now doing really well there. She is attending school and making friends with the other older girls. Bule is generously sponsored by Audra Mearns and her family.
Abele is an 8 year old boy who was found in Soddo and brought to us after several months of waiting. Abele is a very sweet, smart boy, and he is beginning to open up so much as he gets to know our team of nannies and the other children. Abele is generously sponsored by Susan Hutchison.
Amanual is 7 years old. He was also found in Soddo, and came to us after several months of waiting, and is now doing really well at Wolayta Village. Amanual is generously sponsored by Danielle Van Der Werf and family.
Firhiwot is a 12 year old girl. The oldest of a group of 4 siblings, she and her siblings have had a difficult couple of years. Her three younger siblings are HIV positive, and two years ago, both of their parents passed away, leaving Firhiwot to care for her younger sisters and brother. No that they have joined our care center, Firhiwot is attending school and able to just be a 12 year old girl. Firhiwot is generously sponsored by Aaron Bradley and Family.
LemLem is the younger 9 year old sister of Firhiwot. She is HIV positive, and has been living with her siblings in a remote village without any adults to care for them. She and her siblings have joined our village, and they are all attending school at the best private school in Soddo. LemLem is making friends, and doing really well. LemLem is generously sponsored by Kara Levis.
Workalem is 8 years old, and the third of her group of siblings. She is HIV positive, and also has a heart condition that requires medical attention. But despite all of that, Workalem is excelling in her new school, and has a smile that lights up her face. Workalem is generously sponsored by Tammy Crosby and family.
Desta is 4 years old, and the youngest of his group of four siblings. He is HIV positive, but he is a healthy, strong, active little boy, and he's doing really well in his new school. Desta is generously sponsored by Rachel and Jeffrey Fields.
Samuel is a 1 1/2 year old little boy who came to us very recently after being abandoned in Soddo. He is a little on the shy side, but is slowly opening up as he adjusts to his new home. Samuel is generously sponsored by Hap Hansen and Philip Cilis.
Beta is an infant boy who came to us after being abandoned in Soddo. He is doing really well, and growing like a healthy baby boy should! Beta Kalo is generously sponsored by Cindy Reid and Debbie Sands.
10 year old Wondimu came to us in the spring of 2017, and he has brought such a sunny, upbeat and funny atmophere to Wolayta Village. He is a super young man, and we are so thankful to have his smile and energy in our village. Wondimu is generously sponsored by Dale Harvey.
Lidetu and his younger brother Dagi came to us together, and were later reunited with their older sister Meheret. Lidetu is a very sweet, goofy 6 year old boy who was thrilled to be back together with both of his siblings. Lidetu is generously sponsored by Vafa and Amir Milani.
Younger brother to Lidetu and Meheret, Dagi is a shy, sweet little 5 year old, and he is doing amazingly well in school already. We are so proud of him! Dagi is generously sponsored by Vafa and Amir Milani.
Meheret is the oldest of these three siblings, and she came to us after the two younger boys. We looked all over to find her, and it was truly magical to be able to reunite them. Meheret is generously sponsored by Vafa and Amir Milani.
Bethlehem is a tiny baby girl who came to us after being abandoned at a day or so old. She is doing very well under the care of our team of nannies. Bethlehem is generously sponsored by Ben and Rhonda Tate.
Helen also came to us only a day or two old, after being abandoned as a newborn. She is healthy, strong, and sweet. Helen is generously sponsored by Carrie and Tevis Hull.
Mescream was found as a newborn. She came to us only a day or two old, and is busy doing what all newborns should be doing - eating, sleeping, and growing. Mescream is generously sponsored by Joanne Allen.
Leule came to us after being found in a bus station. He is 4 months old, and doing very well. Leule is generously sponsored by Karl, Lupe, and the Apollo Equine Team .
Mescerrem is about 18 months old, and came to us very recently after being found in Soddo. Mescerrem is generously sponsored by Jenni Haynes and her family.
This sweet baby girl is only a few months old, but she has amazed us with her spunk, her smiles, and her tenacity. Fikreselam was found in Soddo, and came to us as a newborn. Fikreselam is generously sponsored by Philippa Melski.
Anjonewo is a little more than 6 months old now, and he has turned into one of the cutest babies at our care center!!! He's an adorable little guy, who loves snuggles and giggles. Anjonewo is generously sponsored by Trish Mrakawa.
Yonatane is a little more than 6 months old now, and he is crawling and exploring his world more and more each day. This sweet baby boy came to us as a newborn, and he is doing really well. Yonatane is generously sponsored by Jim and Sandi Mellen.
Alemwork came to us tiny and abandoned but absolutely full of smiles and the will to live. She is SUCH a smiley baby girl!!! Alemwork is generously sponsored by someone who prefers to remain anonymous.
Awaka came to us in October. This 2 year old little boy was a bit shy when we picked him up, but he warmed up right away, and flashed that big grin and everyone just melted!! Awaka is generously sponsored by Callie Seaman.
Tiny baby Asdenagi came to us as a newborn, just a month or so ago now. He was found in Soddo, and came to us right away. He is doing really well, eating, sleeping, and growing. Asdenagi is generously sponsored by Lindsey Garner.
Wandaru was born in mid October, and came to us right away. He is a strong baby boy, and doing really well. We are so happy to have him!! Wandaru is generously sponsored by Karen & Bill Timberlake.
Baby Todd came to us very recently, and is a strong baby boy. He is about 3 months old, and doing really well. Todd is generously sponsored by Todd Claunch.
Simon is a 4 month old baby boy who came to us in November. He is doing really well, and is a very smiley baby boy!! Simon Charles is generously sponsored by Janet Fall.
Caterina came to us in December of 2017, at 9 months old. This sweet baby girl was found in Soddo, and despite being abandoned, has grown very attached to her nanny! Caterina is generously sponsored by Alin Moss.
Mhalet came to us in January of 2018, and during her routine intake medical exam, a couple who happened to be in the hospital at the same time saw her and fell head over heels in love with her. They are in the process of adopting her, and we are SO excited to see this tiny baby girl go to a family so quickly!
Mebrate's story is both heartbreaking and inspiring. Mebrate came to us in January 2018. She is 15 years old, and in a two day period, found out that she was 4 months pregnant and also HIV positive. We were so glad to bring her to Wolayta Village, and to be able to ensure that this sweet, shy young girl will never need to be alone and scared again. Mebrate is generously sponsored by Olivia Cox-Fill.
Nathan is a tiny newborn boy who was found in Soddo only a day or two old. He is doing very well, and we are so grateful to have him. Nathan is generously sponsored by James "Jay" Meyer.
Tinsaye came to us in January of 2018, after being found in Soddo, and she is a chubby, smiley baby girl! Tinsaye is generously sponsored by Karoline Sauls.
Mebrate is the oldest child at Wolayta Village. At only 16 years old after a very traumatic past, she was homeless had nowhere to go and wanted very much to be a part of our village and have a chance at life. Mebrate is a loving big sister to many of the younger children in our project, and works hard at everything she does. She is now attending school, and flourishing at Wolayta Village, and working on getting an education. Mebrate is currently in need of a sponsor.