Over the past several years, our family has gathered 1,987 coloring and art pages for children in two different towns in Ethiopia. The goal of the coloring pages is for the children is to know that there are families/children who care about them and to know that we are always thinking of them.
Children of all ages (and adults too) have helped us gather these coloring pages which we are so grateful for their help. It has been wonderful to learn more about our contributors when my daughters have opened the mail. The have learned of stories of children who are in a preschool class who would sit down once a week and color a page. A teenager, who had a spa night party with her girlfriends and they colored several pages and then had their nails done, and a Women’s Bible Study group who made it their yearly project to color pages and write inspirational messages on the front and back of the pages. We could not have done it without these groups.
Partners With Ethiopia is a NFP, who works with a partner organization in Ethiopia, called FOVC (Friends of Orphans and Vulnerable Children). They do all the fundraising and deliver the services such as a hot meal, tutoring, hygiene training, medical care, etc. The kids that are going to be receiving the little surprises (the coloring pages) do not necessarily live in orphanages but could be living with a relative, some have lost one parent and are with the living parent, and some actually live with both parents, but the situation is so dire that they need help.
If this is something that you are interested in joining in on the fun, please feel free to email me at email@example.com, and or visit our 2 Sisters with a Mission Facebook page.
What the project entails
What you create is really up to you. It can be a coloring book page, a personal drawing that you have drawn, it can be done with watercolor, paint, markers, crayons...the only requirement is that the artwork is close to the size of an 8.50 X 11 sheet of paper.
On the front or even on the back write a message…something as simple as “we love you”, “we believe it you”. It can be a verse, a poem…something to let the children know that you care. We ask that everyone write only their first name on their artwork.
The deadline for the artwork this year will be February 20th.