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1) Discretionary funds sent directly to Serkadis are preferred.

These funds assist Serkadis and Selam with living and medical expenses directly. Funds can be transferred to Account #2460970244, Routing # 121000358 (for electronic) and 122000661 (for paper). Checks can be made out to "Serkadis Krohm" memoline "Selam Fund" and sent to the address below.

2) For Tax Exempt Donations:

To give a tax-exempt donation your support will be given to Serkadis and Selam through the Child Leader Project, an international non-profit committed to youth and young adult leadership in a global community. Please note, PayPal does charge a small % fee per transaction. If you would like all of your funds to support the Selam Fund, please consider sending a check or money order to "Selam Fund C/O Child Leader Project, P.O. Box 51333, Riverside, CA 92517". Please make your check out to "Child Leader Project" with "Selam Fund" in the memo line.

For more information about Child Leader Project, visit

What the Selam Fund needs...

- Donations to support medical and living expenses for Selam and Serkadis

- Physical therapist-

- Occupational therapist

- An Immigration lawyer to assist with Selam's case for coming to the USA

- Accessible
housing near to UCR and accessible via wheelchair

- Wheelchair and other mobility supplies

To assist, please email:

GRATITUDE: What we have received... (As of 8 Oct 2011)

- Accountant to assist with financial accountability for our non-profit sponsor, Child Leader Project

- $12,000+ in donations from the community since 1 Oct 2011!

Friday, June 1, 2012

June update

Hello everyone,

I apologize for not updating the site for such a long time. It has been a busy, hectic time as I work towards my graduation from UC Riverside in June. But I am excited to share some news with you about my sister Selam.

First, thank you to all the people who have donated to this cause. Because of your generosity, my sister is getting physical therapy at Kadisko General Hospital in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. The treatment in Addis may not be as “state-of-the-art” as what is available here in the U.S., but it is definitely better than nothing.

Selam is making great progress and recovering slowly, but surely. She is now able to do many things herself, including, turning over, getting herself off the bed to the floor and using her upper body strength to stand for a few minutes. She can also move her left toes, and has sensation in her feet. She still uses a catheter, but can sometimes feel it when she needs to use the bathroom.

The plan to bring Selam to the US for medical treatment proved to be harder than we all thought but that is still the ultimate goal. We are thankful and grateful for the work of the doctors and therapists in Ethiopia. This experience has been an eye-opener for me, as I think I pictured my home country as it was 11 years ago when I left it. It has changed in many ways since then.

So again, thank you for your support and your kind donations. I hope to update this site more often in the coming months and hope you will check back regularly.