Surgical Success Stories - Shimale & Wayze (#245 & #246)

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Shimale has unbelievably suffered from prolapse for 20 years - yes, 20 YEARS! - ever since the birth of her last child. She’s a 55-year-old widow and has given birth to nine children but only one has survived. She lives with that daughter. When her surgery was finished the smile on her face filled the room and she would not let go of my Dr. Nat'e’s hand.  She was SO thankful to you for her care and for the way that her life was changed! Isn’t her smile amazing!? According to Dr. Nate, it was even bigger in the operating room!

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Wayze thinks that she’s around fifty years old but she’s not sure. She is widowed and has had six children, three of whom are still alive. She’s had prolapse for three years and her surgery went extremely well. Thank you to our donors!

Surgical Success Stories - Abebech & Balote (#243 & #244)

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Abebech is a 50-year-old widow who has three surviving children to help take care of her. She’s had prolapse for four years and her surgery went extremely well. Thank you!

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Balote is also 50-years-old and widowed. She has had four children but only one has survived. She lives with her son and his family. She had severe prolapse for two years and the doctors were able to perform a definitive surgery for her. She was so pleased and excited to have her surgery. As she prayed before her surgery she thanked the Lord for all of you.

Surgical Success Stories - Algatu, Buzunesh and Nigist (#239, #240, #241)

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Algatu is a widow, who has delivered four children, all of who are living. She has suffered from prolapse for six years and is so thankful to our donors for their help!

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This young married woman‘s name is Buzunesh. She has delivered eight children and seven are living. Her youngest is four years old. She has had prolapse since her last delivery and is now free from this issue.

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Nigist is married and had suffered from prolapse for one year. Thank you for your generosity. It has made a big difference in Nigist’s life.

Surgical Success Stories - Gelane & Mulunesh (#237 & #238)

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Gelane is 45 years old. lives with her husband and has seven children. She had suffered from prolapse for 10 years before seeking help.  She was so thankful for her surgery and your kindness and generosity.

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Mulunesh Arzo is 50 years old and is a mother to eight children, including a set of twins! (Multiple births are very common in Ethiopia. The hospital has had two sets of triplets in the last couple of months.) She is married and lives with her husband and has had prolapse for the past five years. Thank you for helping to change her life.

Surgical Success Stories - Matafe & Ayome (#235 & #236)

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Matafe is 60 years of age and has six living children.  She has had prolapse for four years and lives with her husband who is ill. She was actually brought in by one of the sons of a patient from last week! His mother’s surgery went so well that he told her she needs to have the same thing and offered to bring her in and help take care of her afterwards. Drs Mark and Nate were very happy and flattered that he urged her to come in and was kind enough to help her in this way.

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Ayome is 57 years old.  She has seven living children after giving birth to eight.  She has had prolapse for 10 years and is married living with her husband. Thank you for sponsoring her life-changing surgery!

Surgical Success Stories - Aregash, Mutare and Almaz (#232, #233, #234)

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Aregash is 60 years old and has had six children, five of whom are still alive. She is married and travelled with two of her sons to receive care. She’s had prolapse for four years and the doctors were able to completely address her surgical needs.

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Mutare is 60 years of age. She has had eight children and six of them are still alive. She’s suffered from prolapse for the past year. Her husband is still alive but has another wife and they do not see each other regularly. Her surgery went extremely well and she is now free of prolapse.

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Almaz is 55 years old. She has had six children and all but one are alive. She lives with her husband and has had very severe prolapse for the last three years. She is now free of her prolapse and recovering well. Thank you for your generosity!

Busajo: Your Donations Matter

We are so excited to show you where some of your recent donations for Busajo have been directed. This is a fabulous organization that helps children living on the street in Soddo, giving them shelter, education, love, healthcare and other necessities like clothing and shoes.

Kids who show they are committed to a daytime education program are invited to come live at the Busajo campus, an idyllic spot with room to play, learn and develop life skills. The incredible leaders and mentors at Busajo also focus heavily on reuniting children with their families, offering the supports they need to strengthen that relationship. The reunification success rate is an astounding 85%.

Thanks to YOUR donations to Busajo and to our general fund, we were able to equip hundreds of children with shirts, sweaters, shoes, socks, pants and underwear. You helped to pay for linens, mattresses and bunk beds for dozens of children to have a safe and comfortable place to lay their heads.

Some of the necessities YOU helped to purchase for children in the Busajo program.

Some of the necessities YOU helped to purchase for children in the Busajo program.

Your funds provided crucial medical check-ups. Many of the children who come to Busajo have been fighting for their survival on the streets, with no access to clean water, healthy food, or any sort of health or psychological care.

In addition to all of these tangible items, your donations also helped to pay for ongoing educational efforts at the Busajo campus.

Thank you so very much for the care, kindness and financial support you are providing to these vulnerable children. We couldn’t do it without you.

Bears for Busajo: Re-imagined!

She started with a teddy bear pattern, and a YouTube video for left-hand knitters.

Patti McDonald never looked back.

She’s since knit dozens of amazing bears with custom outfits and stories - Harry Potter bear, snowsuit bear, dancer bear - and the orders are coming in at warp speed.

Patti is a longtime volunteer, donor and supporter of Mothers with a Heart for Ethiopia. She’s deeply invested in making life better for women and children in Ethiopia, consistently coming up with new ideas to raise money.

This one has got to be the cutest, though.

Patti remembers when her mom, a professional knitter, tried to teach her how to knit and crochet as a child, but because she was left-handed, the training never made sense.

After her recent retirement, she took another shot. She made it her mission to teach herself how to make our cute little Bears for Busajo as a way to take pressure off other volunteer knitters.

“I honestly just took it up to help. I thought ‘this is something I can do year-round.’ And then I found out how much fun it was,” she said.

But that wasn’t enough.

“For my own sake, to make it interesting, I wanted to start playing with themes,” Patti said.

It all started with Dancer Bear. She added tights, a fluffy tutu, and a hair bow. Then came Singer Bear.

And when she posted about her bear-making escapades on Facebook, the whole venture exploded.

An entire women’s choir placed orders for music-themed teddies. Family members started knocking. Friends suggested new themes.

Now Patti’s made dozens of hand-knit bears, shipped them as far as Thunder Bay and South Carolina, and has a long list of orders for more.

“The best part is, I really haven’t spent a cent, because my mom has an entire closet of yarn ends,” she said.

She’s become a knitting machine, producing an entire bear in just a few days.

Patti says her friends can’t believe it. But she’s even started recruiting new knitters.

“My friend saw these bears and said ‘I want to learn how to make those.’ We get together every Wednesday, and she’s almost done her first bear. I’m so proud of her.”

Three more knitters are waiting in the wings.

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“The army keeps growing,” Patti said with a laugh.

She’s far from done.

As Patti keeps cranking out her new orders - everything from Farmer Bear to Nurse Bear to Business Bear - she’s dreaming up new ideas, too.

Next up?

She’s plotting a way to develop a dog bear, complete with a miniature pup alongside.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen, I’m just having fun!” she said.

Faith + generosity + creativity = one bombshell idea!

Olivia Todd is one of our most creative fundraisers - and she’s only 10 years old.

This inspiring young lady was busy all through the Christmas season making special products for her latest money-making venture: Prayer balls!

In a stroke of holiday genius, Olivia came up with a way to celebrate her faith, the power of Christmas and a looming new year, and help women and children in Ethiopia at the same time.

Here’s how Olivia describes her fundraiser: “I made prayer balls to hang on the Christmas tree, where you write down on a small piece of paper a prayer you have for the upcoming year, and place it inside the ball to view as a family the following Christmas!”

And they were popular!

At times, Olivia had so much interest in her fundraiser that she had a hard time managing the demand. She’s already presented our founder, Shelley Green, with a cheque for $200 as a result of her hard work.

“I had a lot of orders all at once so it was challenging to keep up! Creating all of the papers to go along with the prayer balls was challenging for me because I had to learn to write neatly with an ink pen,” she said of the pre-Christmas rush.

But Olivia is a big fan of Mothers with a Heart for Ethiopia and the work we do for kids just like her.

“I care about children who don’t have what I have and I want to help them and their families. I really love this organization and I’ve been finding creative ways to donate to them since I was six years old,” she said.

Olivia Todd presented our founder, Shelley Green, with a cheque for $200 from her fundraiser creating Prayer Balls over Christmas.

Olivia Todd presented our founder, Shelley Green, with a cheque for $200 from her fundraiser creating Prayer Balls over Christmas.

It’s pretty phenomenal to see young people like Olivia embrace charitable giving at such a young age. We are so blessed to have her in our corner.

But Olivia tells us it feels like a reward for her, too.

“This project made me feel great inside. I felt happy to help in my small way and I hope it will inspire other kids to help, too.”