Politics, Protest and Poverty

It’s amazing, really, that people always show themselves to be so much more resilient than we think they will be. The child who has lost her parents and grown up in an orphanage who grows up with a desire to help people less fortunate than herself. The father whose children were stolen from him who … [Read more…]

Children Need Families

Worku (Senior Social Worker) and Abebe (KG Coordinator) who live in the same compound as the boys.

For our children living and growing up in Grace Children’s Home, some for the past nine years, there’s no question that they receive love and care and that all of their physical needs are met, but they deserve more. They need more. Grace Children’s Home was never intended to be a permanent solution. It was … [Read more…]

Saved By Grace Part III

Two Grace boys who have been adopted locally

Today we have the last installment of the ‘Saved By Grace’ blog entries from our long-term volunteer, Alan, and his reflections on what grace is and what that has meant to Grace Centre. There is an orphan crisis in our world, but I feel like it is not as extreme as some organizations portray it … [Read more…]

Saved By Grace Part II

We face a battle on many fronts with our work here in our city as we strive to keep families together and to save the lives of abandoned children. There is nothing more frustrating than having conflict with local authorities when our organization’s goal is to save lives and support families. You would assume that … [Read more…]

Saved By Grace

When I was growing up, there was a saying that went ‘I know I’m special, because God don’t make no junk’. As appalling as the English was, this phrase stuck with me through to adulthood. Just last week I had this phrase come back to me, but this time it raised a deep sadness in … [Read more…]

Merry Ethiopian Christmas!

Merry Ethiopian Christmas! You may think that I am a bit late in wishing you a Merry Christmas, but in Ethiopia it just happens to be Christmas today, or, as we call it, Genna. Genna celebrates the same birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, but Ethiopia goes by the Julian calendar, which is why they are … [Read more…]

Reflections of Grace for 2015

Dear Friends and Supporters, What a year to be thankful for! Though it may have had some sad and challenging times, it has also brought us great joy and fulfillment. People passing in and out have contributed skills, manpower and encouragement. Families have grown and been brought together. It has been a year to grow … [Read more…]

Sofia’s Journey to Hope

Today I have a post from Marcie Erickson, Co-founder and Co-director of Grace Centre. It has been an absolute pleasure to to do life with Marcie for the last 8 years. I love the way she shares the stories of our mothers and children and captures these moments in photos. Sofia’s story is a fitting … [Read more…]

Sewing Stitches of Hope at the Grace Centre

Last week, Grace Centre sent 192 children back to school!   These 192 children and teenagers are from extremely poor families. These are children that would not get the same opportunities to attend school, to learn, to receive tutoring, nutrition and medical care if it wasn’t for