Ever since I pitched my Sweet Dreams presentation idea to the teacher leaders of the Freshman Forum and Sophomore Seminar groups at my school (mentor groups that meet once a week/three weeks a month and once a month, respectively) teachers have been clamoring to have me present. In fact, as of now, I'm booked every Thursday through May. So far, I've presented to a large group of freshmen and two large groups of sophomores, and the response has been great. The teachers, of course, loved it, but I saw most of the students were engaged, too. I feel like if I can get at least a few people to think about AHOPE and act in a way that will either benefit the orphanage itself or the world in general, I've done my work.
I was excitedly surprised a few days ago to notice an article on the front page of my (very small) town's newspaper about a local church raising money for an orphanage in Addis Ababa. This is, of course, not in conjunction with anything I'm doing. I notified the church, asking them if they'd like to have me present at a mass or religious education group about my Sweet Dreams Project. They have yet to respond, but I hope they do, as I think it would be a great way to spread more awareness about AHOPE and further highlight the need in Ethiopia in general. The cause they're focusing on is another great one, if anyone would like to get involved: http://www.hoeministries.org/ .
Thanks for following my efforts and remember to spread the word!!