I hope you are doing well! I am just now getting back to e-mail after our return. We had such a wonderful trip to Ethiopia. I actually cried when we left. We just fell in love with it!
I want to let you know that there was some confusion regarding the gifts we brought for your children. We were told to leave them in the office. I checked the next day to be sure that Tinsae and Birhane received them. But the stuffed animals were brought to the general donations despite having referral numbers on them. I am so sorry. I don't know exactly where the miscommunication happened. But I did make sure that they received the photo album. As we worked through the language barrier they reassured me the children did, in fact, receive the photo album. Because of the lost stuffed animals, we went out and bought new ones for your children. They should have received them the second time around. Again, I am so sorry for the miscommunication. We asked to see your children but we were told they were at Immigration that day. But we did get some wonderful footage at the orphanage of the girls dancing in the tradition of the Ethiopian New Year. I thought your daughter might be in it. It is precious! When we get more organized, I will send it your way!"