Mothers with hearts raising money for Ethiopia

by Zelalem

The annual flagship fundraiser Gems and Java returns for its seventh year on Friday, April 13 and Saturday April 14.

It is largest fundraising event of the year for Mothers with a Heart for Ethiopia and provides funding for current and future projects, which empower women and promotes education in Ethiopia.

Tickets entitle guests to one complimentary piece of jewelry, as well as a purse or a scarf in the Bags and Baubles Boutique.

Gems and Java features a silent auction, an Ethiopian coffee ceremony, an Ethiopian marketplace, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and refreshments, as well as a Bags and Baubles Boutique full of gently used purses, jewelry, fashion scarves, sunglasses and belts.

Tickets entitle guests to one complimentary piece of jewelry, as well as a purse or a scarf in the Bags and Baubles Boutique.

To date, Mothers with a Heart for Ethiopia has donated more than $300,000 to projects that focus on children’s education, and women’s health and empowerment.

“When you think that we are 100 per cent volunteer and we don’t have an office, it’s phenomenal the response we have seen from volunteers, donors, guests and sponsors,” said Shelley Green, founder of Mothers with a Heart for Ethiopia. “The response to Gems and Java and the work Mothers with a Heart for Ethiopia is doing for women and children in Ethiopia has been heartwarming, inspiring, motivating and so very much appreciated.”

Green and her volunteer team will be returning to Ethiopia in the coming months to ensure funding is being spent for purposes it is intended.

“It’s amazing when you hear their stories and the life-changing support we’re providing,” Green said.

Projects include a group home for boys, as well as a Spice Grinder project that empowers women to build businesses in rural communities.

They have also provided funding for surgeries for women to fix prolapsed uteruses, and delivered washable menstrual wraps for girls and women who have had to rely on dirty rags or leaves in the past.

A Girls Gotta Run program now sponsors 26 girls so they can attend school and receive running skills training, as well as life skills to help build confidence.

The Busajo project provides children living on the streets of Soddo, Ethiopia, with food, clothing, medication, education, a place to live and psychological care.

Green said that the event will give people an opportunity to hear about the projects they are supporting in Ethiopia, as well as give participants the chance to donate to these programs.

Tickets are selling quickly for the Cowan Park fundraiser and Green expects the event to sell out.

Tickets are $40 per ticket until March 13th and rise to $45 after that.

People can reserve a table by purchasing eight, nine or 10 tickets together.

Tickets are available online at or at Merrifield Book Shop, 471 Dundas Street in Woodstock.

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