With a population of 76 thousand, Hosanna is one of the 25 largest cities in Ethiopia. Hosanna is 115 miles southwest of the capital Addis Ababa and serves as an administrative center for local government. It is also the center of Protestant Christianity in southern Ethiopia.
In 1929, a pair of missionaries from the Sudan Interior Mission (SIM) settled in Hosanna and began to share the Gospel with local residents. When Italy invaded Ethiopia in 1937, the missionaries were forced out of the country, leaving behind approximately 75 new Christian believers. In 1941, the Italian army was driven out and the missionaries returned to find thousands of Christians living in Hosanna. This dramatic spread of the Gospel formed the foundation of the Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church (EKHC), which today numbers more than 7 million members in more than 6000 congregations.
Upon their return, the SIM missionaries also discovered that 90 percent of the new Christian population was illiterate. Their efforts to subsequently provide training and discipleship established the roots of Christian private education in Hosanna.
Adams Thermal Foundation began supporting the school in Hosanna, called Children's Home Academy of Hosanna in 2013 through Children's Home Society & Family Services. There are 570 students at the Academy and the school enjoys full primary and secondary school status with grades K-12 offered. Students who attend the Academy not only benefit from a top quality education, but are also provided with healthcare, transportation and a meal program.
Each child receives annual health screens and has access to healthcare throughout the academic year. During the routine health screens, we regularly discover that a few of the children are HIV positive. Prior to the school health screen their status was not known. Those children now receive medication and extra medical care from the school.
The school also boasts a large garden. Produce yielded from the garden is used to supplement the school meal program. The garden is also used as a learning lab where children learn biology and families learn about sustainable gardening practices which can be replicated in their homes.
The enrollment process for the school is done in coordination with the local government, who help the Academy identify the children most in need, who may otherwise not have the opportunity of education. Adams Thermal Foundation is actively seeking sponsors for students so that more children can attend the school. Click on the Sponsorship tab to see unsponsored children now.
Demeke Jekamo, ATAH Principal
Published Fri, May 28, 2021.
Pull a child out of a certain future bound for hunger, shame and deprivation. Feed them, clothe them, teach them and love them. Then watch them fly away and fulfill all of their God-given potential. It's a formula for success that's been working at Adams Thermal Academy Hosanna in Ethiopia. And in April, we celebrated that success with 38 new graduates who finally received their diplomas after waiting for 9 months due to the pandemic.
Many of you know that Ethiopian high school graduates are given the opportunity to receive a subsidized college education if their academic performance meets a baseline score. Out of our 38 graduates at Adams Thermal Academy Hosanna, 35 received scholarships to have their college education subsidized by the Ethiopian government. That's a 92% SUCCESS RATE! We are so proud of them!
For these young men and women, graduation means so much more than just academic achievement. Most of these graduates are the sole embodiment of a family's hopes and dreams for survival. They are torch bearers of inspiration for siblings who can only hope for the opportunity to go to school. And for the graduates themselves, this achievement is an affirmation of their value and worth and purpose amidst a poverty culture that incessantly shouts to the contrary.
For those of you that have chosen to support us through child sponsorship, graduation day is the "payoff". This is why we choose to invest in and pray for a child in the first place. This is the outcome we've been waiting to experience and celebrate. And this is the hope and vision of those sponsors of younger students in our schools. Our deepest thanks go out to our sponsors who have supported and encouraged these students to press forward and cross the finish line. We could not accomplish these tremendous results without you.
To our faithful and committed staff, we say thank you and congratulations! It is not a simple endeavor to instruct and mentor the poor and the hungry whose brains are stuck in survival mode much of the time. Our teachers and administrators have won a victory for these young men and women and their families. So we call them out and honor them in this season of joy and celebration.
Proverbs 16:3 says, "Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established." Truly, serving God first has enabled us to serve children and families well. And we give thanks to the Lord because his promises are true at Adams Thermal Academy Hosanna.
To our graduates we say a heartfelt, "CONGRATULATIONS" to the Class of 2020! It has been our privilege to come alongside you and lead you to the next chapter in God's tremendous plans for your lives. Honor him with your lives and stay in touch. We'll be praying for you.
Published Wed, May 05, 2021.
Hooray for Kindergarten!
If you were a kindergarten student at Adams Thermal Academy Hosanna, you'd be feeling really blessed right now.
The Hosanna kindergarten classes recently participated in a dedication ceremony for their new facilities at Adams Thermal Academy. The kids have already moved into their new classrooms which is right next to their new playground and their new bathrooms. In fact, the kindergarteners now have their own, exclusive section of the school campus - NO big kids allowed!
So the kindergarten class celebrated at the dedication ceremony by singing some happy songs and they even wrote a poem that was shared by a beautiful young lady in a traditional Ethiopian dress. Here is a translation of the poem that the kindergarten class wrote.
The beauty of our rooms and our playground
They are very lovely, very beautiful indeed
Adams Academy, my school, I am grateful to you
Adams Academy, my school, you have cared for me
You saw our small space and you made it big
Big classrooms, painted beautifully
Now we are free to learn without troubles
Our space is filled with plants and fresh air
We have our very own new bathrooms
To wash our hands with soap and clean water
So we come to class both clean and healthy
Our teachers are happy and their faces are bright
We have heard every one of them express their happiness
Adams Academy, my school, I am grateful to you
I will speak all day long of how thankful I am to learn here
Thank you for hearing me
As you can tell by the poem, this was a very special ceremony attended by staff from the U.S. and even leaders from the Zonal Ministry of Education. And if you ask the kids, they also enjoyed chasing the drone that came to take photos and video of the event.
Our deepest thanks go out to those who gave to this important project. We featured the kindergarten building in our annual newsletter and our supporters provided generous gifts which helped to provide these new facilities to our kindergarten kids. As you can see, you made quite an impact upon these future leaders of Ethiopia!
Published Mon, Apr 12, 2021.
Wholistic care for the poorest of the poor requires partnerships!
During our visit to Hosanna in February, we had the opportunity to celebrate one of our new partners, Dr. Zelalem Addisu of Eyu Clinic in Hosanna. Recently, Dr. Zelalem conducted eye examinations for 540 students at Adams Thermal Academy in Hosanna. In addition, he provided drug treatment for 10 students, surgery for one of the students and complimentary eye glasses for 25 of the students whose vision needed correction.
During a dedication ceremony at the school, Dr. Zelalem shared about his own struggles as a child and as a student with vision problems. His difficult childhood now serves as motivation for Dr. Zelalem to provide care to those who otherwise would not have access to any kind of eye care or treatment. As part of the ceremony, Dr. Zelalem and local education officials distributed eyeglasses to the students at the school who needed them.
Ethiopia, with a population of 105 million people has one of the highest rates of blindness in the world, with an estimated 1.6 million blind people and 3.6 million people with low vision. There are approximately 130 ophthalmologists in Ethiopia, with the majority in the capital city of Addis Ababa. This means that few doctors are available to those living in less populated areas like Hosanna. However, Dr. Zelalem has committed his career to serving the underserved communities outside of Addis Ababa, where he has provided essential eye care for the last 12 years.
Our sincere and deepest thanks go out to Dr. Zelalem and his staff for their selfless service to our children at Adams Thermal Academy Hosanna. In addition, we also wish to acknowledge and express our gratitude to The Himalyan Cataract Project, an international non-profit which supports Dr. Zelalem and works to overcome barriers to eye care for people in the developing world (https://www.cureblindness.org/
Published Sat, Oct 10, 2020.
It was 1991 when Ethiopia began emerging from a socialist education system to a federal system. By 2009, there were marked increases in the number of children accessing public education along with decreased illiteracy and drop-out rates. However, the poor and rural areas of Ethiopia were not participating in these positive education trends. This was especially apparent in the category of female youth literacy which was below 50% in 2009.
Also in 2009, Ethiopia was still one of the top 10 countries in the world with the highest out-of-school children populations (2 million). At that time, Ethiopia was also among the top 10 countries that accounted for 72% of the global population of illiterate adults.
So what happened in 2009? In September of that year in the capital of the SNNPR (southern Ethiopia), a small private school reserved only for the "poorest of the poor" was established. Today, we know this school as Adams Thermal Academy Hosanna. And just as it was back in 2009, our objective remains the same - to reserve every seat in our KG through 12th grade program for those children who have no other opportunity to get an education. Our enrollment criteria remains the same, welcoming only children who would otherwise be caught in the perpetual cycle of generational poverty. Our only requirement is that they come and learn. Adams Thermal Academy provides everything a child will need for school, including clothing, nutrition, healthcare and transportation.
Our Hosanna campus was launched in 2009 with three buildings (classrooms, administration, kitchen) and a garden. The school offered kindergarten through 4th grade and enrolled 209 students in its first year. From the beginning, the school was designed to grow in grade levels and overall capacity until the campus would ultimately become a full, K-12 academic program. That milestone was reached in 2019.
This fall we're preparing to pull 640 students off the streets and into the classroom for the 2020-21 academic year. Since 2009, we've added two libraries, a kindergarten building, an eating area, storage capacity, a sports field and a high school. In just the past 36 months, we've added science and computer labs as well as high-speed internet access to our program. And we're currently under construction with more classrooms, bathrooms and fencing to keep our children safe throughout the day.
What a privilege it's been to watch this school grow and flourish in a country so desperately in need of education solutions. And we're most humbled to have the opportunity to share this journey with friends and supporters from all throughout North America. Thank you to each of you who have loved and cared for these children and our incredible staff in Hosanna. You are precious to us. And God receives all the glory for orchestrating the people, resources and timing to make this miracle our reality. Lean not on your own understanding. But in all your ways acknowledge the Lord, and He will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Published Sat, Apr 25, 2020.
"Let the Heavenly God think of you as you think of us in our Easter. Let our God protect you from this pandemic disease and from other dangers. Thank you, and even if we don't know all of you by your name, we hope our prayer would get to all of you." Recent Food Distribution Recipient
COVID-19 has forced much of the world into a lock-down situation, including Ethiopia and the two Adams Thermal Academy schools in Hosanna and Ottoro. Photo-copied lesson plans and worksheets are being distributed to all students to continue the school year in a crude distance learning environment.
Being enrolled at the Adams Thermal Academies provides an education and a path out of poverty in the long run. But the schools also provide much needed meals to the students each day, which they're going without during this lock-down. In response, Adams Thermal Foundation working through the staff at both schools is distributing food rations to the students in an effort to provide nutrition and avoid critical food insecurity. Students at the two schools are receiving corn flour, vegetable oil, rice, and macaroni, as well as soap and masks to help mitigate the pandemic threat.
Currently, students are reporting to the school according to their grade in order to maintain social distancing and to receive their supplies for a cost of about $20 US dollars per student per month. Due to uncertainty of the duration of the pandemic, no end date is planned at this time. The cost of the program is over $18,000 per month and with no end in sight, we are asking for your prayerful support. If your situation allows, your financial gift would be greatly appreciated at this time. Each $20 you are able to donate will provide food relief and pandemic protection for one student for a full month. Just click the Donate button at the top of the page to get started.
Beneficiaries have been very grateful for the support during this difficult time. Thank you and stay safe!