Last Sunday, January 27th, I presented on AHOPE and my project to a large group of CCD students at my local church. I stood before them and spoke of how I became interested in becoming involved in AHOPE, including my personal, special connection to Ethiopia. I had made a PowerPoint, but since I didn't have computer access in the Catholic school gym I was presenting in, I read from a copy I had printed. Since I had been given brochures at AHOPE, I passed those around as well.
Although there weren't too many questions, I could tell they were paying attention. Many of the kids knew my brother Kristian, so they knew of our sister Sasha through him. At the end, one CCD teacher promised she would contribute to my efforts, and the director told me another teacher wished for me to e-mail my PowerPoint to him so that he could in turn forward it to his own students.
All in all, it went very smoothly, and I was quite happy with the response. I plan to present to my high school's freshman class later this month, if all goes according to plan. This will be a much larger group, so I hope to recruit even more who are willing to donate.
Furthermore, I have spoken with the US-based director of volunteer efforts for AHOPE as to how I should launch my next donation drive. Tying to the "Sweet Dreams" theme, I have decided to collect new/gently used blankets and sheets for the AHOPE kids. As soon as I receive an estimation as to the quantity of supplies AHOPE needs/wants, I'll be ready to get going on that as well.
Remember, if YOU want to personally donate to/volunteer for AHOPE, visit www.ahopeforchildren.org !