SWIFT = AASPNO22 Sparebanken Sør, 3770 Kragerø , Norway.
IBAN = NO1828011723251 Adama-prosjektet, v/Karin Rønning,
Rønningvn. 13, 3770 Kragerø. _____
About the Project:
The picture above was taken Nov. 2008. Part one is finished!!
Our vision is creating and sustaining Childrens home
for orphans in Adama, (Nazareth) Ethiopia. The project is
twofold. Part one is to create a continual and sustainable income
source for the Childrens home. This is a Conference hotel that contains
three buildings a cafeteria, hotel and conference hall. When the
project is ready to begin service, all profit will be reinvested into
the construction of the Children’s home. The project will serve
as sustainable income to run the Childrens home indefinately, thus
making it as independant as possible.
I would like to thank all of you who have been so generous both in
terms of funds and concrete acts of service from the moment I forwarded
the letter of financial support for the assembling of Adama project
till now. Surely, we could never have done all this without your help and we continue to need your help! Thank you.
The official name of the project in Norway is the Adama-prosjektet, Norge.
The Adama project in Norway is registered in Brønnøysundregisteret and has obtained an
official organization nr. - 991758895.
VVS Bømle is sponsoring the projects homepage:
http://www.adamaprosjektet.no. Currently the homepage is under
construction but it will be continually improved and updated. We hope
that the homepage will be a more current representation of the
second part of the project’s progress in the near future. We are also working on
sponsors that are willing to pay for links to their web sites. We also
want to dedicate this webpage to express our gratitude to all of those
who are permanent contributors to the Childrens home. But if you
don’t have access to internet we can send you newsletter updates
twice a year. If you would like to receive the newsletters by post
please send me your address and I will add you to our mailing list.
Latest news: updated 24.11.08.
The latest is
that we have taken a bankloan, 3.5mill NOK, to finish the first of the
A lot has happened since the
container left Norway in
September 2007. The container arrived in Adama via Djibouti port. The
container includes 89 doors that have already been installed. The
cafeteria is open to provide service and so on. We were
amazed. After mang tears, long meetings and prayers, the cafeteria is
now opened. Delicious Ethiopian coffee will be served from
the coffee machine that is bought from seamen’s home in
Kristiansand and serving cups from the chapel, chairs and tables were
sent from a cafeteria in Haugesund and Kopervik. Jars were sent from
Sagavoll, a gas cooker from Sør Tre Bruk and so on. Many have
been extremely generous and the project is now well on its way.
We hope that we will begin construction of the orphanage home by May 2009 if not, we are optimistic it will be soon there after.
Who started the project?
GENET JOSEPH – an Ethiopia, who
for the time being is in Adama (Nazareth), Ethiopia. Genet came to
Norway in 1986 as refugee. The Oslo city government applied for her to
study in Valdres folk high school and she was accepted as a student
while I, Karin Rønning, was director of the school. We have been
in contact since the time I met her at the school. After she went back
and visited her home country she came to me and asked if I could help
her to make possible the creation of a Children’s home in
Ethiopia. She said, “I cannot sleep and live here with comfort
while children are without parents, starving and naked”.
Meanwhile, I gave her my promise to assist her. Genet is now following
the daily progress of the project. She is very responsible guardian of
the prosjekt. Genet and her husband, Yidnekachew Bekele Fantaye, are
responsible for all progress that is occurred with the prosject in
KARIN RØNNING - I myself tried
to give help and find others to support creation and completion of our
vision concerning the establishment of the childrens’ home. I
have been a teacher in Kragerø, Nittedal, Stord and Bømlo
and director in Valdres and Sagavoll folk high schools. I have also
been in the group Youth with a Mission (YWAM) for 3-4 years. I have
always worked with children and youth. I was therefore very
enthusiastic about helping children and especially those who have the
most need. For that reason, it was difficult for me to say
“NO” when Genet asked me for help. As a teacher and a
leader I like to have control and a clear view of all aspects of a
prosject but it was impossible to do this alone. After much thought and
prayer I realized the children in Ethiopia needed me to step outside my
own comfort zone. I gave answer to Genet: “Okay Genet, I
will try to help you as much as I can”. It has been a long road
to the point we are now but it has been absolutely the right choice for
me, for Genet and for the children in Ethiopia.
Now I have used all my savings and raised a big loan in may name, but
the project was started by me paying out of pocket for land outside
Addis Ababa. This was a temporary and finite source of funds especially
on a retired teacher’s salary. The prosject has gone through ups
and downs and the situation in the country and with the prosject has
changed directions. However there are an increasing number of children
who are in need of home. We will work as fast as the money gives us
We are still looking for more help. I hope the children
will soon have a roof above their heads and adults that can guide them,
love them and take care of their most basic needs..
I hope you will be the next one to support us!
The Orphanage and the Children
We hope to start building the first Orphanage house in May ’09.
might be optimistic, Yes, because of the loan we may have a delay on
building the first Orphanage house. But one has got to be
an optimist in this trade!
We need help and support to achieve this!
Our goal is to give long term help to each
child so that it can grow up under safe, predictable conditions and develop
into independent persons who can create their own future and participate in the
many tasks of local society.
We want to create a home for each child, which
is why we want to build family houses where there is room for up to 10-12
persons. The children of each house should be like siblings age-wise.
The house will be the children’s home for
better or worse. Here they will learn to take responsibility, take part in the
family’s everyday life and learn to share joys and sorrows. They can stay here
until it is natural for them to move away from home. Even after moving out, the
house will be somewhere to come home to.
There will be one/two care persons in each
house, who will give the children closeness, care, and safety. They are also
organizers of the everyday life of the family.
Biological siblings will live in the same
house. The extended family is the children’s most important social network.
We want to emphasize that the children should
receive basic education linked to the local environment. Further
education/occupational training will enable the children to provide for
themselves and become resource persons in the local area.
We will cooperate with local authorities and
think long term for the children so that they can become independent and
We hope that you think that our idea is right,
important, and so exciting that you would like to join supporting the project!?
Almost daily we are reminded about how HIV/AIDS and other diseases and circumstances leave children orphans.
The need for an orphanage is dire, which is why
we want to get started with the building process as soon as possible! For that
we need predictability! If we achieve this, the building of the family houses
will start immediately after the houses in progress are completed. The
orphanage will be built in stages, each house accommodating 10-12 children.
We want to create homes with a family
atmosphere in relatively small units.
Go to your bank and Become a regular donor or Become a
We hope that you would like to give the project
a regular gift every month.
After all, this is the way to finance help for
Account infi: SWIFT: AASPN 22 , IBAN: NO1828011723241
Everything goes directly to the project, while nothing goes to administration!
The project has a visitor room freely at the
disposal of regular donors.
You are always welcome to visit the project in
this unique country.
A visit should be obligatory!
Contact: Adama-prosjektet, v/Karin Rønning,
Rønningvn. 13, 3770 Kragerø. Norway
Phone: +47 35988498 or +47 90695197.
Bank: Sparebanken Sør, 3770 Kragerø, Norway.
(uestions) & A(nswers)
I support this project?
children need our help! This is direct help used for giving to children in need of care
and roof over their heads. This is a unique orphanage project combined with a
business idea intended to subsidize the
orphanage in the long term. Our aim is that this will be a help to make a self-help
project, independent of help from Norway when the buildings are paid for. We
will of course always follow the development of the project and items like
clothing, shoes, toys, etc. will always be
appreciated for sending to the children in years
ahead. Ethiopians themselves have managed everything happening there from the
very beginning, and they have a sense of ownership of
the project necessary for its success. The HIV/AIDS problem has struck Ethiopia
like every other country in Africa. The families
do their best, but it is not enough. An entire generation is almost gone! The
TV-fundraiser does not help Ethiopia,
which is why it would be great if you could help directly!
money get there?
Yes, all of
the money goes directly to Ethiopia,
nothing goes to administration. To make the money last even longer we have for
instance bought cement in Pakistan,
where it is cheap. What is left over we have sold for Ethiopian prices. This
has given us a profit of approximately 50 NOK (9 $) per 100 kilos of cement. We
have also sent a car which we have sold with a profit. Do you know of a Toyota
HiAce diesel, Carina, or pickup which is okay, but going to be replaced? If so,
please contact me. The project could send it and make a profit on it.
What is the
money used for?
money we have used until now has been used for building a café, a hotel, and a
conference center. As of today it is not in debt.
However, the price rise on necessary goods has been as high as 30-40 percent
since the start of the project. Therefore, Genet will take up a loan in a bank
there, so that the project can be finished as fast as possible! The final price
will therefore be lower than what it would otherwise have been, despite the
paying of inteerest. As soon as the project
starts and the buildings are paid for, all of the surplus will go to the
Why build a
café and hotel with conference building when an orphanage is what is needed?
This is so
the project can continue for many years after you and I cannot help anymore.
There are already too many projects that die with their creators.
first time I was asked to help I thought myself too old to get involved. “The
project will die unfinished ‘with me’! There has got to be a way for the
Ethiopians themselves to run this!” I asked where there was a way to make money
For a long time, there was no answer to that question. We had bought a building
site, but when Genet was starting the building, she was told that the site was
intended for a cafeteria and a hotel. She went home crestfallen, but it was the
answer to my question! We decided to try to build the cafeteria free of debt so
the orphanage would not be dependent on help from you and me or from Norway all of the time. This is help for self-help. The
project is already giving work to a lot of people who are badly in need of a
the buildings be complete?
It is a bit
hard to know, but with a loan the buildings could be finished during
Cafeteria is done, and will be put to use when
the authorities are done with the rest.
Things take time, but they have promised to arrange it as soon as
The Hotel: In the rooms permanent installation
is all that is unfinished. Externally, everything is virtually done. On the
ground floor, where kitchen, dining hall and more will be situated, the room
partitioning and floors are done, while all interior decoration remains to be
done. If you know of any big household
appliances we can ship there, that would be superb!
the building of the orphanage begin?
begin as soon as the other buildings are completed and paid for. We will build
relatively small units, houses with room for 10-12 children. Then we can expand
as the money comes in. We need predictability and therefore hope to have some
sponsors and regular benefactors, so that we can raise a loan that we know we
can pay back. The Ethiopians will run this from the very beginning. Feel free to tell your friends about this
How are you
going to help the children?
children from a couple months old and upwards. We want to give them a home,
which is why we aim for small units with care persons. The children will attend
school, make use of their skills and talents, learn domestic tasks, have hobby
clubs with knitting, sewing, and 4-H work. In short they will learn to
establish themselves in their own society once they are old enough to leave the
orphanage. Read: The orphanage and the children.
contribute in other ways than donating money?
Yes, if you
know of somebody who owns a Toyota
HiAce, Carina or pickup they
would like to replace, please notify me. If it’s in OK shape we can send it and
sell it in Ethiopia.
It will give us income. We will also need a car for the project in time. As of
today we can import 1990 models or later, but we won’t send wrecks. A bit of
rust is no big problem and can easily be fixed there, as long as it is not in
of all kinds in steel, benches, cupboards and more.
interior for the
orphanage houses can also be of interest, fixtures, light fixtures, lamps for
the orphanage, furniture for the orphanage etc.
orphanage becomes inhabited, we will need clothes, toys etc.