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Project: Kamashi ...

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This project is very dear to our hearts.  It's at the Blessing the Children Orphanage, in the town of Kamashi, in the Benishangul-Gumuz Region of Ethiopia, Africa.  Two of our children were adopted from the Kamashi Orphanage and lived close by.  

The orphanage is currently home to approximately 170 boys, ages 10 to 20.  Younger children come to the orphanage, but are soon adopted.  The older boys are not usually chosen due to their age.  Most of them will live out their entire childhood here without a family.

There is a river about a mile away from the orphanage and the boys help collect water in jugs, then pour it into large blue barrels and bring it back to the center in a truck. This is used for drinking water.


Their needs:

  Clean Water for the orphanage.

  New Shoes and Socks for 170 boys ages 10-20.  Most go barefoot due to lack of shoes.  

  New or Gently Used Clothes for 170 boys ages 10-20.


Clean Water  

By what seemed to be a miracle of God, and after 4 months of hard work, we were able to get the Kamashi Orphanage added to a list of locations to be drilled for FREE on a grant from a Norwegian organization. The well drillers arrived with their rig the week of May 16, 2011.  They drilled down to 60 meters (196 feet) and found ... no water.  At that point they packed up and left.  

So Plan B is in the works . . .

This will include pumping water from a river over 200 feet to a tank, filtering it and pumping it to their water system.  Estimates for this project are currently being researched.

We would like to help get a work team together to go and help install the pipe and the electrical for this water project.  If interested, please contact us.


You can donate here towards

Kamashi 's Water Project



Kamashi's Water Project

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This will  help bring Water to 

Orphans in Need.

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New Shoes

Our Kamashi Shoe Project includes providing 170 pairs of New BOYS Athletic shoes to Blessing the Children Orphanage, in Kamashi, Ethiopia

These are the BOYS sizes we need:

US Size Euro Size Need Rec'd Still Need
Boys - - - -
2 34 2 2 0
3 35 3 2 1
4 36 4 0 4
5 37 10 1 9
6 38 31 0 31
7 39 45 1 44
7 1/2 40 33 0 33
8 41 22 1 21
8 1/2 42 8 2 6
Total - 158 9 -


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Kamashi New Shoe Drive here.



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Our project includes gathering new or gently used clothes for 170 boys.  This includes shirts, sweatshirts, pants or jeans, and new underwear.  


Mission Team

We would love to send a mission team consisting of families and their friends who have adopted children from Kamashi, church groups, basically, anyone who would like to join us, with a heart to serve.  We would like to gather as many clothes and shoes as we can, and bring them to the orphanage. 



If you would like to be a part of this in any way, please 

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Most Photos by Claire Elise

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