1) Adams Thermal Foundation Ethiopia (ATFE)

In August of 2015, the government of Ethiopia officially recognized Adams Thermal Foundation Ethiopia as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). The Foundation maintains an office and administrative staff in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia which supports the schools and "Self-Help" programs in Hosanna and Ottoro. Foundation staff based in Canton, South Dakota USA oversee and manage the operations in Ethiopia.

Nega Megersa Hurisa, Country Director

Recent Updates

Emergency Aid Needed - Please Help!

Published Wed, Dec 22, 2021.

Ethiopian authorities are asking international NGOs (non-government organizations) like ADAMS THERMAL FOUNDATION to help with the humanitarian crisis in their northern territories.


The civil war in northern Ethiopia has left millions of displaced people hidden behind a media-driven veil of words and images. Manufactured narratives and strategic media alliances have multiplied the devastation caused by the conflict and the secret suffering of innocent citizens has caused Ethiopian government authorities to summon help wherever it can be found in the absence of an international community that would typically respond to a human crises of this magnitude.


Our staff has just returned from the Dessie and Kombolcha region, territory previously controlled by Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), after assessing the opportunities for the distribution of aid. It is estimated that more than 9 million people have been victims of "scorched earth" tactics which have left them without homes, their livelihoods, basic infrastructure, medical care and food. Warehouses containing aid supplies have been ransacked and more than 2,000 clinics and hospitals have been looted and vandalized. Widespread reports of women, young and old, being gang-raped in front of their children and husbands have added shame and degradation to the devastation caused by the war.


ADAMS THERMAL FOUNDATION has committed to filling a truck with food supplies and directly distributing the rations to displaced refugees in the Dessie and Kombolcha communities. Prayer teams will follow up the food distribution with ministerial help as well. Lastly, ADAMS THERMAL FOUNDATION has committed to collecting medical supplies (see below) that will be shipped to Ethiopia with a travel team in late January.


It will literally take years to rebuild the communities that have been devastated by the civil war in Ethiopia. Although we are primarily focused upon education and breaking the poverty cycle, our overall mission states that we will "strive to alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable".


Please consider helping us purchase food aid for the displaced refugees in Dessie and Kombolcha by January 20th, 2022. Just $25 will feed a displaced refugee with teff (flour) oil and beans for one (1) month. If you work in the medical community and can help provide any of the supplies on the list below, please contact us to arrange for pickup or ship your donation to arrive before January 20th to Adams Thermal Foundation, 47920 5th Street, Canton, SD 57013. You can call us toll-free at 877-678-1099 or send an email to info@adamsthermalfoundation.org


CLICK HERE to view the medical supplies list.

Donations can be given online at www.adamsthermalfoundation.org/donations.

More Milestones... the Classes of 2020 and 2021

Published Mon, Dec 13, 2021.

We celebrated our graduates from Adams Thermal Academy Hosanna (ATAH) twice this past year. In April there were 38 graduates from the class of 2020 who were delayed in taking their national exams due to the pandemic. In October, we celebrated 40 graduates who were also delayed due to the late start in the 2020/21 school year. All of our students attended classes through July and had only one month of summer vacation this year. Because of God’s goodness to us, 35 of our 38 graduates from the class of 2020 received full scholarships to attend university and all 40 graduates from our 2021 class also received full scholarships! In addition, the 3 graduates from the class of 2020 who did not receive scholarships were given the opportunity to attend a post-secondary school through private sources of support. The Video is the graduation ceremony speech give by a representative of the class of 2021.


Pre-School Poet Shares Her Heart

Published Mon, Dec 13, 2021.


Working in Ethiopia comes with frequent challenges to our understanding of the language and culture. While attending a new building dedication ceremony a few months ago, a young student at Adams Thermal Academy bridged the gap of understanding by presenting a poem from her heart. The subject of the poem was her new classroom, which included a new playground, and new private bathrooms for pre-school and kindergarten students


The beauty of the rooms and the yard are very attractive, very beautiful indeed.

Adams Academy, my school, I owe you so much.

Adams Academy, my school, the ones who care for me.

You saw our small playground and made us a large playground.

Large class rooms beautifully painted. Now we are free to learn in a relaxed way.

We are surrounded by many plants and fresh air. The new bathrooms are our very own.

We wash our hands with soap and clean water and enter the classroom clean and better.

The teachers are happy and their faces light up. They express their happiness one by one.

Adams Academy, my school, to you I am in debt.

I will talk day and night of how thankful I am to learn in this school .

Thank you for listening to me.

REJOICE 2021 - Thank You!

Published Wed, Sep 29, 2021.

A huge thank you to all that joined us at the Sioux Falls Convention Center on the evening of Monday, September 27th! REJOICE 2021 was a resounding success! The pandemic cancelled last year’s event, but this year's event went a long way towards filling that void. With 233 REJOICING attendees, we were able to celebrate God's provision over the past 24 months and look ahead to even better things to come. The event featured an extensive silent auction for a wide variety of hand-made Ethiopian products, as well as other great deals on everything from vacation getaways to Vera Bradley accessories. We were blessed by the worship team from Central Church, sampled Ethiopian cuisine and shared a wonderful meal as well. Most importantly, we impacted the lives of the children and families we serve in Ethiopia as well as those who came to support us with their time, talents and treasure. Truly, it is more blessed to give than to receive. And we all experienced that at REJOICE 2021! We hope to see you at next year's event!

5th Annual Scramble for Ethiopia

Published Fri, Sep 03, 2021.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our 5th Annual Scramble for Ethiopia Golf Tournament this past weekend. The event was held at the Hidden Valley Golf Course in Brandon, SD on Saturday morning, and the weather was almost perfect! At one point we heard thunder, and received a very few raindrops, but otherwise it was warm and sunny and relatively calm.
Our goal for the event was 10-10-10 - ten teams playing, ten child sponsorships and $10,000 raised - and we came very close to nailing it! We ended up with 8 teams, 2 short of that goal, but met the sponsorship goal of 10 and exceeded the fundraising goal by over $5,000!
Following the golf,  everyone feasted on classic burgers and brats off the grill,  with all the fixings, and prizes were awarded to the winning teams. Pin prizes were handed out and most everyone left with a prize!
We're grateful for everyone that came out to support the 5th Annual Scramble for Ethiopia. And we're especially grateful to our awesome sponsors who made this event possible.
  • Midland National
  • Samuelson Development
  • The Huisken Family Foundation
  • VanHorn Financial
Finally, our heartfelt thanks to Stan Graber who hosted the Scramble for Ethiopia again this year. We appreciate your partnership and your heart for the children, Stan!

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