With the help of my family, I'm organising a fundraiser to support the Kidane Mehret Orphanage and Children's Home.
The Sisters need sewing machines and 2 computers to teach employable skills.
Can you help me raise the funds they need?
Although I'm an Artist now, in the early 2000's I worked with an Irish adoption agency for six years. So it was really something for me to visit the orphanage for the first time in 2021.
My partner, Ron, who is Maltese, has had a relationship with this orphanage and with the Maltese Sisters who run it, for over a decade now. So he knows the character of these women and the work they have dedicated their lives to.
The home is well run, organised and holds laughter and fun, alongside the struggles of meeting children's needs in sometimes difficult circumstances.
Most of the children go on to Kedane Mehret School, also founded by the nuns. With the support of the sisters and other staff, many find work (I've bumped into past pupils in Addis), and some of their children have gone on to university education.
Sister Lutgarda plans to teach the older children computer skills and sewing skills to help them find employment when the time comes.
Oil on canvas
70x50cm canvas size
Framed in white timber
I'm donating this painting.
The gallery price is €3,750
I'm selling it for a reduced rate of €2,750 (plus shipping)
So you save, get a painting, and I donate all the proceeds.
Some other ways you can help
Would your business or the company you work for make a donation?
Get a few friends together and pass around the hat. If you live in Ireland, ask me for a framed print to offer as a draw.
Be acknowledged or give anonymously
We would be honoured to acknowledge donations here on this page and on my social media, or if you prefer, they can be made anonymously.
Every donor is entered to WIN a framed print
Everyone who donates will be entered to WIN a framed print of mine.
In addition, there will be a separate draw for organisers of fundraisers or those who donate €400 or more.
Daniel Habtamu, Henoke Adan and Brooke Melcame play checkers between lessons. Photo credit Abigail Bekele