When going through the international adoption process for my son in Ethiopia, I wrote nonstop. My blog was a place to connect with fellow mamas—to learn, listen, laugh, cry, gasp and rant together at some of the craziness of the process. Through that, our tight-knit community was formed. I miss that energy and I miss the direct communication. The solution? A new Studio Samuel blog. One that involves YOU. Whether we have 100 followers or 100k followers, we want a proper place for engaging.

So, how do I start? Do I tell you who we are? What we’ve been doing for three years? Maybe what we have lined up? OR, do I tell you all the reasons WHY you want to be involved, but may not know it yet? 😉

Logically, it makes sense to start with why it’s taken this long to write a single post. The reason? Paperwork, trial & error… and more paperwork. First was establishing our 501(c)3 status here in the US, followed by the arduous task of establishing that same status in Ethiopia. The abridged version for putting all efforts into attaining International NGO status is two-fold: a) it opens many doors for further opportunity that would otherwise remain closed; and b) we would operate as our own entity, not being dependent on a local organization—in essence, we are the local org.

During this waiting period, we started getting our feet wet by supporting various initiatives through local orphanages, community centers and women’s groups. Initiatives ranged from education to healthcare to life skills to sports and more, which fully prepared us to begin building the framework for our key program, Training for Tomorrow. We’ve met some fascinating people along the way and formed relationships with unbreakable bonds. Now, fully armed with the proper documents, we’re getting down to some serious business!

So, three years into it and I’m bringing my head up for air, our US team is mapping out key strategies and our girls are beginning their journey of breaking their poverty cycle. (AND we have a blog!)

We’ll not only share program updates here, but also the ups & downs of this always-unpredictable journey. Our blog is your ticket to a birds-eye view. If you thought charity work was, as they say, all “rainbows and unicorns,” you are in for a huge surprise, just as I was going into this. 😉

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