Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Holiday Project needs YOU!

The annual AAI Holiday Project is on 
and we need your help!  

Each year your gifts to our Holiday Project provide a modest celebration for all of the children in our care and our hard-working staff in Ethiopia and Ghana.  The children of Layla House and our partner orphanages in Ghana each get a small individual gift and a traditional outfit or new t-shirt.  Staff and children also enjoy a festive holiday meal with special treats and even a visit from Santa (the photo above is one of our good sport adoptive dads last year!).  Our sponsorship students get a gift bag with needed toiletries and treats as well as some additional money for their caregivers to spend on holiday food and clothing.

In addition, your gift to the Holiday Project also provides funding for AAI's ongoing humanitarian projects in Ghana and Ethiopia.   Those efforts include expanding our school sponsorship program for orphaned and vulnerable children and a new project in Dire Dawa to provide leadership training for sponsored children and to help trafficked children return to their families.   Holiday Project donations also benefit our Opportunity House program which provides medical care and therapy to special needs children in Addis Ababa.  In Ghana we have initiated a family support program which helps vulnerable children remain in their birth families whenever possible, keeping orphanage care a last resort.
Giving to the Holiday Project is easy with our online Donate Now page.  For a gift of $30 or more, you can have a special ornament card with a beautiful photo sent to someone on your gift list!  They are the perfect present for a teacher or grandparent or just someone who doesn't want more "stuff" this year but would appreciate helping a child in need.   Just make your donation and enter the name and address of the recipient in the space provided.  For multiple ornament cards or special requests, send the list of names and addresses directly to Susan Poisson-Dollar, AAI Director of Development.  

Thank you for helping us brighten the season for hundreds of children!  

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