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We may not be able to change the world, but we can change the world of one.

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posted by: Mamay on April 17th, 2016 at 2:40 PM

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The end of a matter...

Decree that evil did not win! Your adversaries did not get the best of you! 

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posted by: Mamay on December 28th, 2014 at 10:45 AM

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Joy to the World!

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posted by: Mamay on December 14th, 2014 at 11:45 PM

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A Legacy to Remember

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posted by: Mamay on December 14th, 2014 at 11:42 PM

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Love so strong.

 It seems to be something to hold onto when their challenges become insurmountable.

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posted by: Mamay on December 6th, 2014 at 3:53 PM

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Who says ....

 

 I couldn't help but wonder how lonely it must feel to be so invisible in the midst of a bustling society.

 

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posted by: Mamay on September 20th, 2012 at 8:20 PM

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The Opening of Elder Care Center in Ethiopia

Dear friends,

I am writing this letter to you first with heart of gratitude and to simply say thank you for yet another year you helped us conclude. There is no small gift especially when it is sacrificial. I cannot stress enough what your support meant to us to be able to do the work we set out, more so to the elders we were able to keep safe and fed. Words at times lack strength to give proper meaning to how grateful we are of your support; please know that your support is greatly appreciated.   
I is truly my believe that the mountain is enormous, the way up is laborious but, with love, no mountain is too big to conquer! It has been now three years since the inception of BLR and we have grown in many ways as we take a step at a time towards conquering enormity of the work we have embarked on.   Because of the champions that were able to view the difficult endeavor we embarked upon with faith and love, we have made great strides toward tackling many of our  challenges. Since the start of our direct services in, we have reached out to over thirty destitute elders in various ways. We have now under our belt, the knowledge and the knowhow of the work we're involved in and what it takes to do it well. We were also able to create awareness of the dire need of the elderly and many are joining the quest to serve this population. 
Trusting all will come to place, we are in the process of negotiating to rent what will become the first BLR elder care center providing culturally sensible and appropriate care to those who are destitute homeless elders.   The center will be able to house between 17-20 elders and care provider staff. We will continue proving care to the 20 elders we currently care for and the 10 that are in cooperative. Our goal is not to rush into large number without proper care but, to provide quality and sustainable service that brings forth measurable outcomes and dignified work. Our goal is to bring dignity and safety back to those we are able to reach out to. 
I am sharing my heart's desire, prayer and burden with you with an anticipation that I will be able to appeal to your kind, giving heart and generosity  with full awareness of the current difficult economic difficulties we all are facing. Without minimizing the need for wise decisions, I am inviting you to take partnership in being part of a bigger and lasting  solution and help history change. In my recent readings I came across an interesting quote that I thought will convey the message here better and I would like to share that with you. 
"If I make your good my own through empathy (love), I will be less likely to act in ways that hurt you. If I make the collective good my own (love of nation), I will forego my individual benefit for that good. If I am committed to principle that for one reason or another prescribes cooperation, I will forgo self-interest for reasons of duty (Mansbridge 1994, 147)".
Our goal is before the end of this year, to be able to raise enough to help us sustain our budget for 2012 and transition into what we consider phase II of our program design; to be able to set up a center that will house 17-20 homeless elders. This can be done through collaboration and sacrificial commitment  if:
10 people give $1,000
20 people give $500
33 people give 300 and 100 people giving $100 each. There are not small gifts. 
This is a season of giving; give a gift that makes a difference. Please consider giving what you can and visit our website  www.blrinc.org to donate online. You may also send check or money order to P. o. Box 39032, Denver CO 80239. For more information contact us at info@blrinc.org or call 720-275-0349.
 
Happy Holidays!
 
Their challenges are our opportunities!
Mamay Worku
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posted by: Mamay on December 12th, 2011 at 6:53 AM

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BLR September News Letter- complete Stories

 

Her legacy shall live!
Elder of the Month Amelewerk
Amelewerk was one of the elders we came across as we implemented the BLR program in Ethiopia.   She was one of two ladies who had been homeless for four years. After speaking to them briefly, it was not difficult to determine that the two had formed a strong bond of friendship.  A few months after we encountered the two ladies, we had opportunity to rescue one of them.  Amelewerk quickly and adamantly insisted that we help her friend first. She said she could withstand the rough life on the street a while longer until help came to her, too.
She gave up the opportunity of being safe, fed and taken care of as she described all of the concerns she had for her friend, "She is weak and sickly... she needs the help now.”  She said good bye to her dear friend and held on to hope that rescue would come for her soon. We were forced to rescue only one of them due to the unpleasant fact that we had limited resources and were not able to locate suitable housing in order for Amelewerk to be rescued. She now embraced the life of homelessness without her friend.
Not much is known about Amelewerk’s life or how she came to be homeless.  Recently, she died on the street, where she had lived for over five years before help could reach her.  Her legacy lives through her friends, and she is remembered as one of the most selfless, kind, pleasant and beautiful elderly women.  Her story must be told as she gave the most sacrificial gift so that her friend can now live.
There are many who face atrocities of some sort. Many are homeless... they are not healthy and/or strong enough to support themselves. The need is enormous in regards to what the elderly population is facing. But, one elder and one family at a time, rescue can be made possible through collaborative efforts and selfless giving. BLR is one way – a means to bring awareness of such need that another human being faces on a daily basis. Being aware of the need is not enough. Action is a must. We can do what we can, and that is all that is expected of us.

Notes from Our Collaborators

 Sis4ever
Sis4ever is our name which personifies our unity and relationship as a group.  We have been together for over 10 years praying, fellowshipping, sharing our dreams and visions and committing ourselves to our mission.  We met Ms. Worku in December 2010 at one of our monthly fellowships where she shared with us the work and mission of her organization. Her struggle and commitment to her ministry touched the depth of our hearts and ignited fire within us.  She also discussed and shared with us regarding her project that she initiated in different parts of Ethiopia and is planning to expand larger.  This project focuses on and helps the elderly who otherwise would have been forgotten by society. After our meeting, Sis4ever agreed to sponsor a small segment of her project in Gojam consisting of 10 elderly men and women. Immediately we started to get busy and submitted the funding that would provide for one year of expenses.  Participating in this project has been such a privilege because it is our mission to reach out and give a helping hand to the needy. We plan to work with Ms. Worku in the future by expanding our territories as long as the possibilities are there. We believe our Source is limitless.
When we all bring out talents together it will be easier to accomplish the work as our Master commissioned us. 
 Touching Africa Ministries
Touching Africa Ministries is working with church and community leaders to develop resources that will enhance and improve the quality of life for a people considered to be the poorest of the poor on earth. Touching Africa Ministries is a 501(c)(3) and was founded in 2008 by Dr. Michael and Ann Elliott. The Elliott's have been working in this area of Ethiopia since 2005. Reaching out to the communities in a variety of ways, we are making a lasting difference in this needy region of the world. 
Touching Africa Ministries is working in partnership with Doctors Giving Back. Dr. John and Dr. Jana Turns are the founders of this California based medical missions’ organization. In order to address the medical issues facing this needy region of the world, they operate a free medical clinic which provides care to thousands who would otherwise not be able to afford treatment. The Turns also work with local doctors lending their expertise, wisdom and counsel to enhance the medical care to the region.
Touching Africa Ministries conducts an annual Leadership Conference in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. Touching Africa Ministries also conducts an annual Ministry Conference and a Regional Pastors Conference in Assosa, Ethiopia.
Touching Africa Ministries offers a wide variety of ministries:
  • Community Improvement and Development Projects
  • Free Medical Clinics
  • Visits to Remote Villages to Offer Free Medical Care
  • Leadership Training
  • Ministry Conferences
  • Children and Youth Activities
  • Women's Programs
  • Sports Camps
  • Water Purification Projects
Touching Africa Ministries is excited to welcome Mamay Worku and BLR Ministry into a partnership to address the needs of the elderly across Ethiopia. We believe that Mamay and the BLR Ministry team will strengthen the effectiveness of Touching Africa Ministries.
Sincerely,
Dr. Michael and Ann Elliott

My Involvement with BLR

 Advisory Board member Ola Kukoyi
 
I was informed about BLR and the plight of the destitute Ethiopian Elderly through the CEO and Founder-Mamay Worku in 2009.
Before now, I have had a long history in volunteerism. I volunteered with the Society for Women Against AIDS in Africa (Nigerian Chapter) for 9+ years and rose to become the National Public Relations Officer (PRO). When I migrated to the US, I worked with the American Red Cross for a year through the Americorps VISTA program.  My project of choice was to train the elderly in nursing homes on emergency preparedness and how to protect themselves when there is an emergency. I visited more than 30 nursing homes in the Denver Metro area in a bid to assist the elderly in Colorado.
When Mamay introduced me to BLR Inc., which included its mission and goals, I immediately got involved. Permit me to say that we are all aware that the elderly and the poor are the forgotten ones in the society. Nowadays to be referred to as an elderly person is no longer a thing of pride and prestige but something that brings hopelessness and poverty. As a member of the Advisory Board, I have committed my time and resources into making sure that destitute Ethiopian elderly are served one at a time. It has been a rewarding experience for me because it has given me the opportunity to fulfill the scriptural teachings of “helping the poor and needy.”
BLR is committed to assisting destitute Ethiopian elders one at a time. There are so many to serve and we have big dreams on how to serve them, but with limited resources and limited manpower we can only do what we can based on the resources available to us.
I must commend Mamay and the other committed members of BLR Inc. who, despite limited resources, have continued to bring hope, food, shelter and medical assistance to the destitute Ethiopian elderly one at a time.
 
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posted by: Mamay on September 22nd, 2011 at 6:24 AM

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THANK YOU!

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posted by: Mamay on March 30th, 2011 at 9:13 PM

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