Once a month the Blessing the Children office in Debre Zeyit, Ethiopia is packed with parents and guardians eagerly awaiting their grain support. Thanks to the donors who sponsor a child each month, Blessing the Children is able to give much needed food and household items to each family in the program.
Each month the type and amount of grain support given out varies depending on the local prices and what was given recently. This past month the families received teff (local grain to make injera, the local bread that most Ethiopians eat at every meal), oil, soap, school exercise books, and pens. They receive the above items for every child of theirs that is enrolled in the BCI program. For example, if a parent has three children in the program then she receives all of the items three times over.
Some months the families receive other items, such as: pasta, rice, local spices. Teff takes up the bulk of the resources so on that month the families may not receive as many items but they are still receiving the same dollar amount of items. Even though they receive less of other items, most families enjoy the months that teff is given since teff is a huge part of the local diet and it is greatly desired by the families.
The parents and guardians arrive at the office much earlier than requested because they want to be first in line. It is a day of excitement for the families, especially this past month. Because a new school term was starting, the children were very excited to be receiving new school exercise books and pens.
It is only because of you and your monthly sponsorship support that we are able to help these families in this way. We thank you so much for your continued support and care for these precious Ethiopian children!