Four American Moms, One Ethiopian Village

Four American Moms, One Ethiopian Village

Four moms visit an Ethiopian village

What do you get when you introduce Four American moms to one poor Ethiopian village?

You get huge compassion.

And love.

And an eagerness to help in any way they can.

Meet Jennifer, Courtney, Heather and Laura (left to right, backs to the camera). These four incredible women first discovered our village-development work through reading the blog of another awesome mom, Jennifer, who came here this same time last year. And they were among 100 women who responded to the need Jennifer described, by adopting a village at $12/month.

Late in the year we then invited those 100 moms to come see “their” village, and also meet other villages that needed help. Jennifer, Courtney, Heather and Laura responded. And now they’re here.

And their hearts have been knit to our newest village — Megaladi.

The four have been hearing from Megaladi’s moms, dads and village leaders. They’ve been hearing about Megaladi’s needs and dreams. They’ve heard about a shortage of clean water. They’ve heard that Megaladi doesn’t yet produce any of its own food. They’ve heard about needs to educate children, increase household income above survival, and stomp out disease.

They’ve heard, and they want to help.

So now Jennifer, Courtney, Heather and Laura are brainstorming how to invite 24 friends apiece to join them in adopting Megaladi when they get home.

It won’t be easy, honestly. It’s hard to convey something this powerful. It’s hard to fully tell your kids’ classroom parents or church group the story of one poor village 10,000 miles away that has captured your heart and for which you have great hope. It’s hard to get others to join you in a world-changing mission.

It’s hard. But I bet they succeed.

My money is on four American moms who’ve fallen in love with one Ethiopian village.

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Written by Jeff Power

Jeff is the founder of Pangeo Coffee. He's been dedicated to full-time humanitarian development with poor villages in Africa, Asia and the Middle East since 2007. Follow Jeff's travels and work on his personal blog:, and on twitter at @jeffpower.