Saturday, January 11, 2014

A Thirst For Home short film

In April of 2012 I had the privilege of collecting water in the small village of Balamo with two young girls named Aster and Genet.  They are inspiring.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A Thirst For Home

Coming  May 2014

Walker Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 978-0-8027-2307-9

In Ethiopia, water is hard to find. Alemitu must walk miles and miles with her emaye, her mama, to reach the water they need to live, and hunger chases them wherever they go.  Emaye love's Alemitu and will do anything to make her daughter's life better.

When Alemitu moves to America to live with her new adopted family, her name becomes Eva.  Eva goes to school every day and never has to walk miles for a drink of water.   Hunger no longer roars in her belly.

Eva has traveled far but she is still Alemitu.  As long as water flows in the rivers and rains from the sky she will never forget her home or her emaye's words:  that water connects us all.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

A Thirst for Home
A Story of Water across the World

Christine Ieronimo

Illustrated by Eric Velasquez

Coming May 2014

Walker Books For Young Readers
an imprint of Bloomsbury

Monday, August 26, 2013

Gimbichu Project Montage

Our project this year is The Mother and Child Project (refer to previous entry)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Gimbichu Project LLC

Coffee ceremony at Gimbichu Clinic during our visit in April
We are officially incorporated.  Gimbichu Project LLC.  This is an important step toward non-profit status.  I am very excited to be making progress toward a project that will be entirely dedicated to the support and well being of the Gimbichu Clinic and community.  I truly feel it is within my capabilities to be able to make a difference here.  I am mostly proud of the fact that I will be working so closely with this community including them in all of the decision making, knowing that they know what is best.  This is how to create programs with outcomes that are sustainable.  Come September, I am excited to begin fundraising for the Gimbichu Mother and Child Project.  (see previous entry).  God willing,  we hope to return next summer not only to work on the new room but also hand deliver a solar suitcase.  I am beyond thrilled that Gimbichu Health Clinic was chosen to receive a solar suitcase that will be used in the future labor and delivery room.  Check out www.wecaresolar.org to read about this amazing organization.  As we found out after successfully purchasing and delivering the fuel generator in April,  light and power are something we take for granted.