Address of the Orphanage

Child's Name

P.O. Box 264
Soddo, Wolaitta


"Education is not the filling of a pail,
but the lighting of a fire."

- William Butler Yeates

Annual Back to School Packages

Kids in Soddo go back to school after the Ethiopian New Year on Sep. 11th.  This is a great time for them to receive a small package from their sponsors.  Below are a few suggestions of appropriate items for packages.  Remember, it can take up to 6 weeks for a package to arrive in Soddo, so plan ahead with your mailing.

Possible content suggestions:
Letters 4x6 photos Fun pens or pencils
1 small toy Deflated soccer balls Socks
2 shirts Underwear Jump rope
Anti-fungal cream A fun school notebook Pencil erasers
1 pkg of sugar free gum Small pencil sharpener  

The package should weigh around 4 lbs. We encourage this weight and ask that you stick close to the above suggestions in order to provide some consistency to what each child receives.  You can watch a short video with instructions on mailing packages here.  This video can also be found by clicking on the "Videos" tap above.

The children enjoy writing the sponsors and we encourage them to do so after receiving letters and packages from sponsors.  These letters provide an opportunity for the children to share about their life in Ethiopia and to practice their English.  Sometimes a letter gets neglected in the daily life of the home.  If you don't receive a letter within 8-10 weeks after sending a letter or package yourself, please let us know and we'll follow up.  You can send at email to or you can email Nathan Haines at

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