The message that follows is from Brother Gregory Flynn (aka Jack).
Dear Friends of Addis Hope,
Once again, my apologies for including you in this mass mailing rather than individually.
Some time ago our Addis Hope School which we had been renting for several years from local authorities was demolished along with other structures in the neighborhood so that the property could be used to construct government offices. Since we had a renewable two year contract, the authorities said they would provide replacement school classrooms. Despite numerous court appearances and delays, this has not happened and it looks like it won’t.
What to do? Several years ago a generous donation from a friend allowed us to purchase two shops in a new mall. My colleague, Ruth Girmay, teacher and artist, who really began with me the program sixteen years ago has had the idea of training single parent mothers of street families in making leather goods. To this end, she took courses in making handbags, satchels etc. as an income generating activity. Addis Hope would send the street children of these women to local government schools and pay for their school materials and uniforms until they graduated from Grade Eight.
Though this reformulation of the Addis Hope program will probably come as a surprise to you, our donor partners, we continue to count on your support for our single parent destitute and marginalized families. I will write more on this new development in future mails to you.
Since Thanksgiving is an American celebration of family, I ask you to include our Addis Hope street families at your table as you have done in the past.
I can only add that for all that has been, I say thanks. For all that will be, I say yes.
Brother Gregory Flynn (aka Jack)
A REMINDER OF HOW TO SEND TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS TO ADDIS HOPE
Make check out to Brothers of the Christian Schools (stating Addis Hope in the memo)
Brother Timothy Froehlich
444A Route 35 South
Eatontown, NJ 07724
Jim Casey for Brother Gregory Flynn
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