Two members of our team and Bennie Ingraham met with with Tadele
Mamo who is the anti-HIV-AIDS coordinator for ECFE. He took them
to 2 different small communities about 10 kilometers outside of
Naz’ret. In each, there was a local fellowship of evangelical
churches, Shoa community. There was a strong sense of community
in each location. They pool their money to support the AIDS orphans.
MPPC sponsors school fees, uniforms, and supplies for 40 children
in Shoa. Menlo also supplied 40,000 birr worth of AIDS related medications
to the local, government sponsored hospital (about 5% of the hospital’s
overall budget for medication – which is 800,000 birr)/ 40k
birr = $4500 and 800k birr = $72,000. Their needs were many: transportation
for the missionaries, HIV-AIDS care supplies, training for care
of AIDS patients, entrepreneurship training for AIDS self-help groups.