Hope for Dube Bute

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*** PHASE 1 goal is complete!! Praise God. By faith we are moving on and beginning to raise the funds necessary for Phase 2. 9 additional water wells, another classroom building (4 more classrooms) and a library! Please help spread the word and allow Dube Bute to be completely transformed. The new goal is an additional $150,540***

(You can watch a video of our time in Dube Bute at the bottom of this page)

Four years ago, our family began a journey that none could predicted - nor had we planned on - but God did.

Our dear friend Kristin went on a mission trip to Africa and sent us a video of highlights. As our family watched the beautiful work she and her team did in the orphanages, our children began asking if we “could bring one home”. Then they began to ask us if we you pray about it. That was the winter of 2007. 15 months later, we received an email with a beautiful picture of our son Abe, wearing a Texas Tech T-shirt. We knew God has His hand in this journey. Three months after that, our family, traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to bring home Abe. That is when we first began to fall in love with the country.

Kristin chronicled the trip through pictures and made a beautiful video of the day we first met Abe, using the song “Mighty to Save”. Because of that, the song has become our anthem. Abe immediately became our “ripple maker”. I like to say that Abe is the large boulder that came crashing into our otherwise very calm pond. Those ripples reached new heights six weeks later, when we received the devastating news that Abe had a severe brain injury from an inutero stroke. Those were hard days of suffering, but we have a God who is faithful, whose love and grace sustains. Good friends and family walked through those days - our faith grew deeper, our love for Ethiopia grew deeper and our desire to give something back to this country grew.

In November 2009, Emily and I went back to Ethiopia to bring home our son Eyasu. We had the privilege to meet his biological uncle who cared for him after both of his parents died from TB. The uncle cared for Eyasu and his biological brothers until he was 23 months old, and on the verge of dying from sickness and malnourishment. Also on this trip, we first met the staff of A Glimmer of Hope and began this beautiful relationship. From the very beginning, we had been looking for an organization to partner with. Once we met these guys, we knew this was the group doing big work, effective work and sustainable work.

Emily traveled back to Ethiopia in June to see completed projects of Glimmer - and the dream of returning to Eyasu’s village was born.

Another reason, Emily traveled in June, was to lay the ground work for EthiopiaSmile. In the spring of last year, the idea came to return to Ethiopia and use the gift of dentistry to love the people of Ethiopia, God moved in the hearts of over 60 people to join with us. Abe’s ripples just exponentially increased! So this passion for Ethiopia and it’s people reached out to our community.

In October, we visited Dube Bute, Eyasu’s village, we saw the need, we saw the extreme poverty, we saw the lack of clean water, the delapidated schools, the lack of basic health needs. Trusting God to do big things, we partnered with Glimmer to bring hope to Dube Bute.

This journey is a beautiful story of redemption, taking a dear orphan out of a dire situation, using him to inspire a community to make a difference in the lives of people a world away.

P.S. 100% of all donations go directly to projects in Dube Bute. Even the credit card transaction fee is covered by the Glimmer endowment!

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12/24/13
In honor of Harry and Virginia Pence donated $75
05/30/13
Tracy Hanson donated $192 and said, "This is Donation from Tracy Hanson(Junkposse.etsy.com)"
12/10/12
Kay and Paul Sweeney donated $250 and said, "More clean water more clear love"
09/13/12
Jim and Vikki Bird donated $100 and said, "Tymm Hoffman's videos at http://littlehoffman.blogspot.com/ are an awesome inspiration for your efforts, especially those about his daughters."
12/31/11
King Family Foundation donated $250
12/30/11
Thomas Whinery donated $150
08/05/11
New Day Church, Weston, WI donated $2,000 and said, "New Day: A community of believers receiving from God and giving to the world. God bless! www.newdaywi.com"
08/04/11
Scott Huffman donated $244.37 and said, "Being a part of this project and mission remains a great blessing to the entire Huffman family!!"
08/04/11
Garrett Greer donated $100 and said, "Happy Birthday Mom! God bless those giving their time to this amazing cause."
08/03/11
Preston Greer donated $50 and said, "God Bless Dube Bute and the Ethiopia Smile Team"
07/21/11
Someone donated $200 and said, "Matthew 25"
07/18/11
Dr. Wick and Janna Alexander (Daddy Wick and Mim) donated $20,000 and said, "May God bless the veterinarian clinic to improve the health of animals and the Dube Bute community."
06/27/11
Amanda and Perry, Maya and Aleeyah donated $100 and said, "To God be the Glory"
06/24/11
147 Million Orphans Foundation Inc. donated $1,000
06/24/11
Christine Connolly donated $100
05/31/11
Chris and Rainey Webb donated $40 and said, "Happy 40th Birthday Michael Orlie! Love from the Webbs"
05/10/11
HIngham Middle School donated $1,000
05/07/11
Someone donated $100 and said, "Lakers in 7!"
05/04/11
Jennifer Morgan donated $100 and said, "To our mothers who are no longer with us to celebrate their day. They will always be in our hearts."
05/03/11
The Donovans donated $15 and said, "Happy Birthday, Kyle Guerin! We love you & are thankful for your loving heart. Love, The Donovans"
04/29/11
Camp Hoffman donated $100 and said, "Use for His GLORY! We love you guys!"
04/29/11
MH and MH donated $100 and said, "Happy Birthday Donna! Love you bunches!!"
04/17/11
Kathleen Higgins donated $1,000 and said, "I'm so happy to be able to help."
04/15/11
Robert and Lisa Boyer donated $3,658 and said, "In memory of Robert E Boyer Jr."
04/13/11
Rainey Webb donated $25 and said, "ANOTHER cross purchase from the Dube Bute store. Best gifts ever!"
04/06/11
Fielder Road Baptist Church donated $50 and said, "On behalf of Leadership Community Team"
04/05/11
Emma Fuhrmann donated $100 and said, "May God Bless You All"
03/31/11
Rainey Webb donated $25 and said, "Silver Cross Necklace purchase - I appreciate the Hope for Dube Bute store being open"
03/24/11
King Family Foundation donated $10,000
03/20/11
Amy Ruston donated $57 and said, "Beautiful Brown Eyed Girl Boutique Donation- Many Blessings!!"
03/19/11
E&W donated $25 and said, "Happy Birthday Abey -- We Love You! -- The Saxons"
03/17/11
The 8 Hills donated $250 and said, "Praying for Dube Bute."
03/11/11
The Webbs donated $25 and said, "Happy birthday Abey - love Gibson and Gabby"
02/22/11
Someone donated $154
02/22/11
Joe and Ramay Noles donated $100
02/22/11
Mark and Jenna Howard donated $200
02/21/11
Someone donated $500
02/21/11
Someone donated $200
02/18/11
Kathy Biedenharn donated $50
02/01/11
Charles and Kristy Bridgman donated $40
02/01/11
Marcia Archer donated $100
01/31/11
Craig and Shelly Bailey donated $500 and said, "We are blessed and honored to be a part of what you are doing in the lives of Dube Bute"
01/21/11
Robert and Sudola McCuistion donated $100
01/17/11
Tonya James donated $22
01/14/11
Joey and Kelley Feste donated $2,000 and said, "1 installment. Blessed to be a part..."
01/11/11
Chandra Shaw donated $1,000 and said, "In honor of our little B!! Thank you!!"
01/11/11
Crystal Scheffler donated $200
01/11/11
Shubin Crew donated $10 and said, "Love you Alexanders!"
01/11/11
Jackie Harmon donated $50 and said, "Raffle Donation"
01/11/11
Chris and Sydney Chambers donated $60 and said, "Raffle Fun! (one each for Chris, Sydney, Ryley, Lucy, Jack and Milly)"
01/11/11
connie hester donated $20
01/11/11
Rachel Walser donated $30 and said, "Praise God for your work in Dube Bute!! Praying one day I get to visit and see it for myself!! Hugs!"
01/11/11
Rebecca Winter donated $100 and said, "Raffle Donations!"
01/11/11
Barb Saunders donated $20 and said, "Raffle. You are doing an awesome thing!"
01/11/11
Angie Donaldson donated $20 and said, "Raffle Ticket I love to see God's people in action...Thanks for leading the way"
01/11/11
Emily Buster donated $20 and said, "I know it isn't much but I am so inspired by the Alexander Family! Thank you for sharing your HOPE!"
01/10/11
The Guerins donated $10 and said, "So exciting!"
01/10/11
Reep Family donated $30 and said, "donating to be apart of the raffle! :) wish i had something to add to your give aways but i just saw this today. good luck!"
01/10/11
The Smedshammer Family donated $10 and said, "Glad to be apart of Hope for Dube Bute"
01/10/11
Cristi McMahon Boyle donated $20
01/10/11
Amanda Bush donated $10 and said, "raffle ticket :)"
01/10/11
Silverwear Stealer donated $20 and said, "You guys are an inspiration to follow God more!"
01/10/11
Caroline Crow donated $200
01/10/11
Dianna Krammel donated $100
01/10/11
Corrine Kidd donated $500
01/10/11
Temesgen and Sabrina Larson donated $50 and said, "Way to go Alexanders and friends!!"
01/09/11
Pam Cunningham donated $10 and said, "raffle ticket"
01/09/11
in honor of our sweet girl Esther Selam donated $750 and said, "So glad we can help in this amazing effort! God's blessings on your family as you continue to serve in so many ways."
01/09/11
Krista Schnabel donated $30 and said, "Many blessings on this amazing endeavor!"
01/07/11
Stephen and Pamela Thorne donated $42,256 and said, "On behalf of the PDS team we are excited to fund the new library. Melkam Genna. (Merry Christmas)"
01/06/11
Davis Mitchell donated $20 and said, "love love love this & totally love your hearts."
01/06/11
Jody Hilt donated $20 and said, "Excited about what is going on in ET!!"
01/06/11
Abby Reeder donated $20 and said, "Love your blog and your heart for Ethiopia!"
01/06/11
Jill Funkhouser donated $10 and said, "Prayers and blessings coming your way!"
01/06/11
Kyle Guerin donated $50 and said, "Moody and Emily are our heroes - Kyle and Melissa Guerin"
01/05/11
Callie Cunningham donated $10 and said, "now I need in this raffle :)"
01/05/11
Barry Mcreynolds donated $40
01/05/11
Mimi & Mesi donated $250 and said, "Praying for Team Alexander and this project everyday!!"
01/04/11
Bart R Boulton donated $200 and said, "From the Boulton family in honor of the"
01/04/11
Terry Martin, Ken Davidson, Jim Davidson, Jillyan Nance donated $40 and said, "Each name donated $10. Family from Canada"
01/04/11
Courtney Holder donated $20 and said, "love what you're doing -C"
01/04/11
Valcor Properties, LLC donated $3,400
01/04/11
Bruce Hill donated $300
01/04/11
Alan and Carrie Catalani donated $200
01/04/11
Carlisle and Martha Maxwell donated $100
01/04/11
Brent and Hollye Marshall donated $250
01/04/11
Carl and Kelly Fellbaum donated $500
01/04/11
Matthew and Laurie Schaub donated $1,000
01/03/11
Ashley Hogeland donated $10 and said, "Love this!"
01/01/11
Rick And Carol Archer donated $500 and said, "In honor of our friends and families"
12/31/10
Baron Atkins donated $500
12/31/10
Kathy Eitreim donated $500 and said, "You've inspired us to love more freely, give more generously and live more passionately for the Lord. Can't wait to hear the stories of what God will do with Hope. Blessed by your example, Derek and Kathy, Kendall, Blake and Kirstin Eitreim"
12/31/10
Julie Neale donated $300
12/30/10
Jose Bartolomei donated $600 and said, "From Sara Saylor, Jose Bartolomei and Buturo Bartolomei"
12/28/10
Ellie Cooper donated $3,049 and said, "happy Birthday Ellie - who wanted to give up her 14th birthday to help the children of Dube Bute have access to clean water."
12/26/10
Michael R Westover donated $320
12/26/10
Tom Pryor donated $25 and said, "Wishing the Alexander family a blessed New Year"
12/25/10
Robyn Schwartz donated $100 and said, "What an inspiration. I am so blessed to have been at the recap service. I have loved hearing the stories from Donna, Pat, and Blake."
12/24/10
Drs Alexander Orthodontics donated $1,000 and said, "In honor of the Arlington area dentists and their support of Drs. Alexander Orthodontics. Merry Christmas!"
12/24/10
Ashley Means donated $1,000 and said, "In honor of a loving mother and beautiful wife. Merry Christmas!"
12/24/10
Terri Coney donated $40 and said, "In honor of my recently found birth sister, Guylene Allenbrand. Merry Christmas and may God continue to bless Team Alexander, A Glimmer of Hope, and Dube Bute. Because of your journey, my life will never be the same."
12/23/10
Joseph Saporito donated $250 and said, "Merry Christmas! Keep up the great work!"
12/23/10
Susan Orlie and Moody and Emily donated $500 and said, "In honor of Susan for blessing the least and for the Alexander's for letting us join in this journey...Love, Michael, Gracie, Ella and Griffith."
12/22/10
Pam and Steve Thorne donated $200
12/21/10
Shannon Wingrove donated $100 and said, "Merry Christmas! blessings, the Wingrove Family"
12/21/10
Bruce And Julia donated $500 and said, "Merry Christmas to Adam and Ashley Means. . . We are blessed to have you as children. . . ."
12/21/10
Tracy Hanson donated $517.50
12/20/10
Someone donated $1,000 and said, "Thank you so much and may God richly bless you. I am from Addis though I live here in the US now. You guys have brave soles to be able to take your kids in that kind of remote area on top of your hard work.Blessings to you again!"
12/20/10
Arlington High School donated $500
12/20/10
Barbara Spivy donated $3,658 and said, "God's mercy and blessings on the health of the people of Dube Bute."
12/20/10
DBA Thomas V Whinery DDS donated $200
12/20/10
Charles And Krissy Comer donated $25 and said, "Merry Christmas precious Orlie Family! Thank you for being a light in our lives!"
12/20/10
Charles Comer donated $100 and said, "To Christy and Clark Peveto - Thank you for all you do for our family and blessings to you for a Merry Christmas!"
12/20/10
Charles Comer donated $100 and said, "To Betty and Riley Peveto - Blessings to you this Christmas and always and thank you for all that you have done for our family!"
12/20/10
Jennifer Morgan donated $250 and said, "For our family in Dobe Bute"
12/17/10
Anne Marie Bailey donated $12,000 and said, "A classroom in Dube Bute"
12/17/10
Edna & Van Archer donated $50
12/17/10
William Polsgrove donated $80
12/17/10
Deena Marquis donated $1,075 and said, "Thank you so much for all of your work to bring clean water, education and health care to Ethiopia! We are honored to be a part of your project!"
12/16/10
Jana Frederick donated $100 and said, "Merry Christmas to our wonderful PCA teachers and staff! We are so blessed to have you teaching our children!"
12/16/10
Jack Gorman donated $250
12/16/10
Nancy Maloy donated $100
12/16/10
Smith Orthodontics, PA donated $5,000 and said, "A water well in Dube Bute"
12/16/10
Tim and Lisa Blonkvist donated $100
12/16/10
Lewis and Nancy Moorman donated $500
12/16/10
Wayne and Suzette Gordon donated $75
12/16/10
Sue Guest donated $200 and said, "FROM YOUR STAFF at ALEXANDER ORTHODONTICS"
12/16/10
Heather Mcfarlin Perron Ttee donated $500
12/16/10
Betty Atwell donated $50
12/16/10
Robert Scott donated $250
12/16/10
Harborlight Capital Managemnet donated $500
12/16/10
Chris And Sydney Chambers donated $60 and said, "Merry Christmas to our amazing PCA teachers! Thank you for loving and teaching our kids! Psalm 86:11"
12/15/10
Chris And Sydney Chambers donated $40 and said, "Merry Christmas to our wonderful BSF Children's Leaders who weekly invest in our kids. Thank you for teaching them about our Holy, Holy, Holy! (Is. 6:3) We love you!"
12/15/10
Anne Marie Bailey donated $200 and said, "School Desks for Christmas!!!"
12/14/10
Someone donated $40
12/14/10
Amy Schoening donated $250 and said, "This is in honor of Dr. Alexander, as a special thank you."
12/13/10
Gwen Nicol donated $1,000 and said, "In honour of our friends, family, and teachers. Thank you Alexanders for standing in the gap."
12/10/10
Someone donated $305
12/10/10
Lorrie and Arthur Uhl donated $500
12/10/10
Wendy and David Meaden donated $100
12/10/10
Madison and Cathy Smith donated $1,200
12/10/10
Magaret Palm donated $100
12/10/10
Elizabeth Snyder donated $100
12/10/10
Bradley and Kristina Earles donated $40
12/10/10
Linda Yarborough donated $50
12/10/10
Deep River Ministries donated $500
12/10/10
D Rodgers Group Inc. donated $250
12/10/10
Deborah and Kent Sander donated $150
12/10/10
Benjamin and Sarah Halbach donated $50
12/10/10
Jerome Gibson donated $200
12/10/10
Paul and Sarah McSween donated $100
12/10/10
Walter Strash donated $100
12/10/10
Christopher and Patricia Estus donated $250
12/10/10
Jeffrey and Kari Jordan donated $100
12/10/10
Kendall Huffman donated $250 and said, "It was an honor and blessing to be a part of the Ethiopia Smile 2010 team...to God be the GLORY! Scott,Kendall and Connor Huffman"
12/09/10
Dr. Jerry Bane donated $50
12/09/10
Corbin and Tonya Wilson donated $150
12/09/10
Mark Groutas donated $100
12/09/10
Rachel Spain donated $100
12/09/10
Ken and Sandra Talkington donated $1,000
12/09/10
Mike and Pam Mycoskie donated $20,732
12/09/10
Stacy and Susan Oelsen donated $1,000
12/09/10
Linda West donated $5,000
12/09/10
Someone donated $10,000
12/08/10
The Cheathams donated $500 and said, "We love you and your hearts Alexanders! Thank you for inspiring us in so many ways! Love, Derek, Heather, Brooks, Halle Caroline, and Ellison (and Little Man too!)"
12/05/10
Rainey Webb donated $40 and said, "Happy birthday Eyasu! Love your buddies Gibson and Gabby"
12/05/10
Someone donated $2,000 and said, "last install for class room"
12/04/10
Chris And Rainey Webb donated $65 and said, "Happy Birthday Pat Arlington! - Love all the Webbs"
12/04/10
Someone donated $75 and said, "In honor of Pat Arlington on his birthday. From your friends who love you!"
12/03/10
Alex Riann Schell donated $210 and said, "In honor of Moses, born in Ethiopia, and his brother Monte's heart for water for Africa"
12/02/10
Mary Hendrickson donated $100 and said, "In honor of Pat Arlington and his new Medicare plan. Happy Birthday and Blessings sweet friend!"
12/02/10
Pamela Thorne donated $3,000
12/02/10
Michael and Sally Cherre donated $140
12/02/10
Patricia Smith donated $175
12/02/10
The Doctors Debbie And John Shroyer donated $3,700 and said, "In honor or Mr. and Mrs. Dale Maoke (Debbie Shroyers parents)"
12/01/10
David and Nanci Plump donated $250 and said, "In honor of Moody Alexander and Family"
11/27/10
Chris And Sydney Chambers donated $600 and said, "Thank you guys for sharing the gift of living water, through giving clean water. John 4:13-14"
11/24/10
Dawit Wubshet donated $4,000 and said, "For the glory of God. Thank you, the Alexanders and everyone else who has donated for Dube Bute."
11/24/10
Someone donated $3,000 and said, "In honor of our sweet friend Eyasu who has captured our hearts and given us a passion for the people of Dube Bute. We love you! E & W"
11/24/10
Nikol Hanson Boothe donated $100 and said, "What an amazing cause!!!! Good luck on meeting your goal!!"
11/24/10
Moody and Emily Alexander donated $50,000 and said, "In honor of our extended family in Dube Bute for loving Eyasu enough to give him life."
11/23/10
Someone donated $556
11/23/10
Clay Kelley donated $1,500
11/22/10
Cliff and Elizabeth Peek donated $100
11/22/10
Cynthia Kidd donated $200
11/22/10
Stephen and Catherine Handy donated $400
11/22/10
Todd and Susan Daniels donated $100
11/22/10
Leslie Recine donated $100
11/22/10
M.C. and Amy Crow donated $300
11/22/10
Todd Nicol donated $1,000
11/22/10
Kathryn and John Paukune donated $1,500
11/22/10
Bryon and Martha Heineman donated $1,500
11/22/10
Pat Kelley donated $75
11/22/10
Bill Kelley donated $50
11/22/10
Kevin and Mendi Schutte donated $250
11/22/10
Jeffrey Hansen donated $250
11/22/10
Someone donated $21,000 and said, "In honor of Savannah Thorne"
11/22/10
Nanny and Bunty donated $30,000 and said, "To the glory of God and for the good and hope of our brothers and sisters in Dube Bute."
11/22/10
Someone donated $50,000
11/18/10
Kyle Guerin donated $750 and said, "God Bless the people of Dube Bute"
11/18/10
Dr. Wilfred Raine donated $250 and said, "for the wonderful work the Alexander family is doing and sharing with us"
11/18/10
Someone donated $4,000 and said, "part of class room"
11/17/10
Connie Hester donated $100 and said, "We love you guys and what you do and stand for!"
11/16/10
Courtney Russell donated $100 and said, "In honor of the Alexander family and the way they inspire us to invest our lives in Ethiopia. - Scott & Courtney Holder"
11/16/10
147 Million Orphans donated $1,500
11/16/10
Mary Thottukadavil donated $150 and said, "It was such an honor being a part of Ethiopia Smile 2010 team! I am praying for an opportunity to join again in 2011! MUCH LOVE to you all..."
11/15/10
Amanda Bush donated $200
11/15/10
Someone donated $500
11/15/10
Someone donated $3,000 and said, "In honor of our brother, Eyasu. Love, Hill, Wick, Avery, Issy and Abe"
11/15/10
Carol Schmidhauser donated $1,500 and said, "Can't wait to visit Dube Bute in January with Eric"
11/15/10
Adrian Schmidhauser donated $1,900 and said, "Can't wait to visit Dube Bute in January with Eric"
11/10/10
Donna Berber donated $1,000 and said, "Beautiful people helping beautiful people. Who's helping who ?"
11/10/10
Eric Schmidhauser donated $150 and said, "Your family is such an inspiration to others!!"
11/08/10
Someone donated $500
11/08/10
Someone donated $5,945 and said, "In honor of the Alexander Family and their incredible journey of Hope to help so many in Dube Bute"
11/05/10
Tracy Hanson donated $288 and said, "I am so Happy to donate to your Wonderful Organization that Gives Hope to Africa."
11/02/10
Josh and Lori Knight donated $6,098
11/01/10
Rebecca Akalu donated $50
10/30/10
Jocelyn Brody donated $20
10/29/10
Renee O'brien donated $100 and said, "you ROCK Team Alexander! Much love to you and your family- our thoughts and hearts are with you and our family in Ethiopia!"
10/26/10
Someone donated $200 and said, "In honor of Dr. Lambridis' recent work in Ethiopia."
10/18/10
Someone donated $3,700 and said, "from the EthiopiaSmile 2010 team"
10/13/10
Stephen Shipley donated $3,000
10/13/10
John and Kathryn Paukune donated $2,500
10/12/10
Mary Hendrickson donated $100 and said, "Many blessings to the Alexander's for sharing their vision with others. It was my pleasure to serve beside you last week, and now in this endeavor!"
10/12/10
Erica Shubin donated $20
11/23/10
Kristin Laughlin started SMILES for Dube Bute
11/04/10
Mary Clare Rodriguez started 23rd Birthday for Dube Bute
10/29/10
savannah thorne started making a difference
10/14/10
Mary Lynn Saxon started Pilates for Water

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