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Friday, February 3, 2012

Shebraber School in Southern Ethiopia

Last night, my husband and I attended a wonderful event. It was the open house for the Shebraber School Project, hosted at the American Institute of Architecture in downtown Phoenix.

We just met Dr. Brian and Keri deGuzman a couple of weeks ago; both of our families attend Scottsdale Bible Church. Us mommies were drawn to each other, realizing our kids were all from Ethiopia.

The deGuzman family has 4 children from Ethiopia. When they traveled to Ethiopia as part of the adoption process, they were captivated by the beauty of Ethiopia's land and people. Yet, when Brian and Keri witnessed and experienced the day to day grinding poverty of Ethiopia's 6 million orphans, God placed upon their hearts a desire to do something more than adopt. They prayed, and launched into action. God took care of all the crazy details, including securing a 12 acre sight, provided free architectural plans, and giving them a godly Ethiopian man to supervise the project.

The deGuzman family has started a foundation called 4Mati. The foundation operates in partnership with the ASU School of Design, and DeBartolo Architects to establish the Shebraber School, located in Southern Ethiopia. In addition to the school project, the deGuzman family is also opening a medical clinic and orphanage in the area, and hope to involve Scottsdale Bible and other interested parties in missions work for widows and orphans. I sure hope to be a part of this!

I have scanned and attached the brochure we received at the open house. I did not include the many pictures or drawings of the proposed school. If you are interested in more detail, please contact Keri deGuzman (contact info at the end).

If you are a family who has adopted from Ethiopia, or if you are a person who loves to contribute to worthy efforts, please consider making a donation to the 4Mati Foundation. 100% of the monies contributed to this effort go directly to school construction. All building materials and labor are to be provided by the local school community; the Ethiopian government has promised to provide teachers and educational materials. This is a God-breathed project. Please consider how you can be involved.

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