Sonya's final trip to Ethiopia
I have traveled to Ethiopia, Africa, in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011 to participate in Rotary's Polio National Immunization Day and to bring pencils, pens, erasers and pencil sharpeners to school children there. This October 2017 will be my final trip. I have always paid my travel expenses out-of-pocket and intend to do so this time as well, but I would like to raise money to purchase pens, pencils, erasers and pencils sharpeners for the school children. I would like to also include crayons, color pencils, and more but that would entail extra baggage costs from Hawaii to Ethiopia.+ Read More
Hi folks! Here's a photo from 2007, distributing pens and pencils to students in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Great news! JetBlue Airlines will waive the extra baggage fees for four bags ($335) for my one-way from NYC to Wash. DC. I planned to bring only three extra bags, but now it's grown to four because of all of your generosity! Donor Rhona Slingerland and the Rotary Club of West Pearl Harbor is donating 70 pairs of a fantastic shoe invented by an American called The Shoe That Grows. See www.theshoethatgrows.org. I've got an email into Ethiopian Airlines in hopes they will waive the fees for three extra bags ($480). If they do, that will leave me more money to purchase seed for crops in Ethiopia for the villagers. This is so exciting...thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you!!!
Hi everyone! Good news! My campaign doesn't have to end this week like I thought. I can actually fund raise until mid-October! I started packing up all pens, erasers and pencils last night, to get a head-start. Also mahalo to Rhona Slingerland and the Rotary Club of West Pearl Harbor for the purchase of 50 pairs of "the shoe that grows" for Gilo Ager, Ethiopia villagers and village kids in Uganda. So excited to be bringing all this over to them!
Mahalo to all the angels out there who helped me with this campaign and for another $400 in donations within the last 24 hours. We're almost there to making my goal. The more money we raise, the more pencil sharpeners, crayons and bags of seed we can buy!