Dear Friends and Family,
We would like to take a moment to give you a brief report of the services and work that is being achieved through your support.
Between feeding the sponsored children, day care kids, and malnourished people, Grace provides more than 700 meals a day.
In the three month period January 2011 to March 2011 Grace was privileged to serve people in the following ways:
· The Clinic treated 668 people in addition to the daily checks undertaken by the nursing staff of each child in day care,
· The feeding program had 50 people;
· transitional care (for abandoned children) had 7;
· Educational sponsorship assisted 126 children and young people of these 66 were also involved in after school tutoring;
· temporary care served 11 children in the past quarter;
· pre-school had 11 children. These children should commence school in September,
· the basket-weaving co-op assisted 13 women,
· the water, house building and other services we have given to the Negede Village has served about 300 people living in the village.
The total number of people being served by Grace Center on a quarterly basis is 1301. We have also indirectly served more than 3378 people in the local community including our fantastic staff and local businesses.
Let us share just one of the many amazing stories of our mothers, children and families that we are privileged to serve here at Grace.
Her name is Tagegne. Tagegne is about 14 (birthdays are generally not recorded so exact ages are usually a mystery). Tagegne first came to Grace 2 years ago with her elderly grandmother, as an orphan. Shortly after she joined our Afterschool Care program, Tagegne’s grandmother left town without notice. She came to live in temporary care with Grace. Her grandmother returned but because of certain circumstances, Tagegne continued to stay at Grace.
Tagegne stayed with Grace for about a year and a half during which time she was able to become a student at one of the private schools nearby. One day, in the hopes of a future reunification with her grandmother, Tagegne and one of our staff members visited the house of Tagegne’s grandmother. Upon their arrival at the house they were greeted by a lady who, at the sight of Tagegne, burst into tears. This lady was Tagegne’s mother who had come from the country to visit her mother. Just as Tagegne had been told of her mother’s death, Tagegne’s mother had been told of Tagegne’s long term absence from home – what a bitter sweet reunion. So much time lost but family members thought to be deceased found to be living. Not only did Tagegne have a mother but also brothers and sisters – they are beautiful sight to see in and around Grace each day.