SHRDC 2014


Ethiopian Orphan Relief (EOR)/Children’s Heaven

Children’s Heaven is an NGO based in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, whose mission is to “embrace and empower the precious orphaned girls entrusted to our care in an effort to minimize their socioeconomic vulnerability.” Children’s Heaven is dedicated to improving the lives of orphaned and vulnerable girls who are HIV affected which in Ethiopia often means losing one or both parents to HIV. At Children’s Heaven the girls acquire skills and knowledge, while developing the confidence and self-reliance needed to live healthy, safe, productive adult lives. The program currently supports 105 girls ranging in age from 7 to 17 and there are hundreds more awaiting services.

Ethiopian Orphan Relief, Inc. (EOR) has been partnered with Children’s Heaven since December 2008. EOR is a U.S. based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to improve the living conditions and lives of orphaned and vulnerable chil- dren in Ethiopia through direct grants that fund carefully vetted and selected pro- jects that meet our partners’ needs. We work in close partnership with local or- ganizations to support the emotional and physical needs of these children. Our primary goal is to ensure that every child in our partner programs’ has his/her ba- sic needs met. These include food, shelter, clean water, education, and a loving influence. We are proud to be a 100% volunteer organization with more than 95% of our donations directly impacting our partners in Ethiopia. EOR representatives from the US travel to our partner sites in Ethiopia regularly, to assess needs and ensure project completion and accountability.
The long term partnership between EOR and Children’s Heaven has enabled a number of highly successful projects impacting a diverse set of critical needs for the girls they serve.

The partnership between GE Crotonville Executive Learning Class – SHRDC and EOR will dramatically enhance the facilities at Children’s Heaven and also significantly expand the numbers of girls that could be served with their life-saving programming. Our goal is to support Children’s Heaven through 3 identified critical needs projects: Building of Tutoring Rooms, expansion of their existing chicken coop and funding to support a property expansion project.

Tutoring Rooms will create space at Children’s Heaven for tutoring and to quiet study.

A Chicken Coop Expansion will not only nourish participants, but through the sale of surplus eggs and meat, it will subsidize the Children’s Heaven’s programs operational costs and empower girls by educating them about animal husbandry and the power of effective microenterprise.

Funding the Property Expansion Project will allow Children’s Heaven to purchase land for expansion and construct a new, larger facility capable of meeting the needs of the girls. The space will allow for expanded agricultural programs including a large vegetable garden and dairy farm as well as additional physical space to accommodate more girls.

Learn more about EOR/Children’s Heaven.



EDC 2014

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, IRC leads the way from harm to home. Women and children are front and center of their work. GE Crotonville’s Executive Learning Classes are joining IRC's partner list to support their Vision Not Victim program.

In addition to raising funds for Vision Not Victim, EDC participants will come together with the IRC in New York City for a service day to work with refugee youth who are part of the IRC’s local Leaders in Training (LIT) program. The IRC NY strives to provide educational and developmental opportunities that build the essential academic, personal and social skills that refugee youth need to succeed in their new country. Despite the myriad of challenges they have faced in their young lives, refugee youth have a wealth of experiences, talents and ambitions. A part of IRC NY’s Refugee Youth Program, the LIT program empowers 12-15 high school aged refugee youth to build upon their assets and realize their full potential.

EDC will work with the LITs to prepare for a local college fair, and then accompany them to the fair for support and guidance. This activity will give these youth the support they need while also exposing them to many career choices available at a large company such as GE.

Learn more about IRC and the Vision Not Victim Program.


Vision Not Victim Pilot program
in the Democratic Republic of Congo


MDC 2014 Classes

June's Class Gift - $2540
GE Transportation AAF "Raymond Clarke" Dare to Dream Scholarship Fund

The MDC June 2014 class joined together to support help Erie community students achieve their educational dreams as well as honor the memory of their friend and college, Raymond Clarke.   

Together they raised $2540 with the potential double the impact after GE Matching for the GE Transportation AAF "Raymond Clarke" Dare to Dream Scholarship Fund.  The scholarship becomes "endowed" or perpetually sustained after reaching $20,000.  Prior to MDC's contribution the fund balance was just over $14,000.  The goal to have the scholarship endowed is so close to being reached!

The scholarship is funded by monetary donations and is awarded to inner-city high school seniors matriculating to a trade school, college or university geographically located in the United States.  It is named in honor of Ryamond Clarke, an engineer at GE Transportation whose humility, commitment to academic and professional excellence, volunteerism and mentoring left and indelible mark of inspiration on his colleagues and surrounding community.  

The AAF has partnered with the Erie Community Foundation (ECF) to endow the scholarship.  ECF is a collection of charitable endowments operating under the administrative umbrella of a single public charity representing over 600 endowments valued at approximately $200 million.

You can help support this scholarship! You can donate by either:
  1. Submitting a check to the AAF Scholarship Committee Chair (made out to Erie Community Foundation with GE Transportation AAF in the memo line).

  2. Mailing a check directly to the Erie Community Foundation (made out to Erie Community Foundation with GE Transportation AAF in the memo line).

  3. Going online at https://www.edonorcentral.com/login_0206.asp.  From this page, fill out the fields and select:  Give to the Erie Community Foundation Scholarship Funds", from there look for "GE AAF-Raymond Clarke Scholarship" and choose that fund.

Get Engaged and Get Inspired! For more information, contact the AAF Scholarship Committee at TRANS.AAFCommunication@GE.com