Dietz Christmas For ZAT High School


About ZAT High School

In Ziway & Adami Tulu, Ethiopia, only 3% of girls and 4% of boys will attend secondary school.  That means that over 90% of these kids would not attend high school, let alone graduate!  We want to change that by giving our students the opportunity they would not normally have.  In partnership with Lifesong for Orphans, let's work together to build "our" ZAT students a high school.

From Dreams to Reality from Lifesong for Orphans on Vimeo.


Help us turn the dreams of Mesfin and his classmates into reality.

 

100 orangeLifesong has been blessed with partners that underwrite all US administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation received by Lifesong will go directly to the need…in this case, building a high school.

Dietz Christmas Details

Merry Christmas, from our crazy house to yours!  It has been an amazing year, full of blessings, heartbreak, love and noise.  Always lots and lots of noise!  As we reflect back on the miracle and beauty of our family, we are slowly realizing God’s direction in our lives.  He has given us a great passion (and often huge heartbreak) for His children in need.  And one of the ways we enjoy living out this passion is through our work at the Lifesong for Orphan’s schools in Ethiopia.  I (Shonda) just returned from Ethiopia a few weeks ago and I had the opportunity to visit with many of the students at the schools and in their homes.

 Shonda Dietz's photo.                                                  

One of those living, breathing heartbreaks comes in the shape of a 9th grade boy named Mesfin.  He was one of our eighth graders from last year who passed his 9th grade exams (a HUGE accomplishment).  Unfortunately, Lifesong currently has no high school, and so Mesfin and his class mates could no longer attend the Lifesong schools.  As I visited with Mesfin and his mother, I could feel and see their despair.  He said what he wanted more than anything else was to return to the loving, nurturing, Christ-teaching school to finish his education.  At that moment, I felt God impressing upon my heart that our family should get involved.

And so that is our goal this Christmas season … to come alongside Lifesong and work towards breaking ground on a high school for Mesfin, his class mates and all of “our” beautiful ZAT children that will follow.  And the really good news is that we are almost there … in fact 75% of the way there.

 Our goal as a family is to raise $20,000, the approximate cost of one high school class room.  Last Christmas, we quite literally had the best Christmas our family has ever experienced and we were overjoyed to see so many of our friends and family join us in Lifesong’s mission in Ethiopia. This year, we hope you’ll join us again on this next leg of our journey. We will personally match all donations up to $10,000.  And here’s the really, really good news.  Lifesong has an anonymous donor who will then match your and my donations, so your donation will be quadrupled.  If you give $100 it will become $400.  If you give $1000 it will become $4000.  And our family’s goal of $20,000 becomes $40,000 and one classroom becomes TWO!!!

 Thank you SO much for those who have given in the past.  While it is difficult to ask for money, we realize what a blessing it is to give, and wow are these kids so worth it!

 All our Love & Gratitude,

 Travis & Shonda, Lyla, Timothy, Biruk, Anna & Joseph Dietz

 p.s., We are all (Travis, Shonda, Lyla, Timothy, Biruk, Anna & Joseph) traveling to Ethiopia for two weeks in March to see the Lifesong Schools.  We are so excited to visit Mesfin and the rest of the students and hopefully see first-hand the construction of this high school.  We apologize in advance for the inundation of photos & updates J

Campaign Goal

$20,000.00

Raised So Far

$21,755.00

Days Left to Give

0 Days

Fundraiser ended on 1/1/2015.

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Donations To Dietz Christmas

* Denotes Offline Donations

Name Gift Date Amount Comment
Anonymous 11/28/2014 $25.00 Merry Christmas Dietz Family
Aaron and Cacey Klein 11/28/2014 $100.00
Terrance Waggoner 11/28/2014 $100.00 Awesome! Love your hearts for the vulnerable.
Matching 11/28/2014 $100.00 * Thank you Kleins. Merry Christmas!
Matching 11/28/2014 $100.00 * Thank you Waggoners. Merry Christmas!
Matching 11/28/2014 $25.00 * Thank you Anonymous! Have a very Merry Christmas!
Laura Good 11/28/2014 $100.00 Thanks Aaron K. for tweeting about this.
Matching 11/28/2014 $100.00 * Thank you Laura. Have a very Merry Christmas!!!!
Matt & Brooke Bye 11/29/2014 $100.00
Anonymous 11/30/2014 $100.00 Merry Christmas Dietzs! Love you guys!
Matching 11/30/2014 $100.00 * Thank you so much Matt & Brooke. Have an amazing Christmas!
Matching 11/30/2014 $100.00 * Thank you Anonymous! I have a feeling we love you too :-)
Casey and Mary Beth Picker 12/1/2014 $100.00 We love your hearts and love partnering with you in this! Merry Christmas to the Dietz family!
Michele Zeller 12/1/2014 $100.00 Merry Christmas!
Matching 12/1/2014 $100.00 * Merry Christmas to the Pickers. Thanks for getting all this crazy started years ago. Can't wait to see you all in January!
Matching 12/1/2014 $100.00 * Merry Christmas Michelle & thank you! Give your daughters a big squeeze from us. We need to get together soon.
Anonymous 12/2/2014 $250.00 Finally getting around to giving the rest! Thanks for all you do!! --Grabers
Matching 12/3/2014 $250.00 * Wow Grabers. You guys are so creative and amazing. So so thankful to have you guys on Team ZAT! Have a very Merry Christmas!
Anonymous 12/8/2014 $100.00 * Merry Christmas, Mailed Check
Matching 12/8/2014 $100.00 *
Anonymous 12/8/2014 $200.00 * Merry Christmas, Mailed Check
Matching 12/8/2014 $200.00 *
David & Suzanne Campbell 12/10/2014 $200.00 We hope you reach your goal
Matching 12/10/2014 $200.00 * Thank you so much Campbell family. Have an excellent Christmas!
The Maxwells 12/12/2014 $100.00 Merry Christmas to the Dietz family! We love you guys! :)
Matching 12/12/2014 $100.00 * Merry Christmas Maxwells. You guys are the best!
Anonymous 12/12/2014 $50.00 * Merry Christmas, Mailed Check
Matching 12/12/2014 $50.00 * Thank you so much W family. Have a very Merry Christmas!
Anonymous 12/12/2014 $100.00 * Merry Christmas, Mailed Check
Matching 12/12/2014 $100.00 * Thank you so much P family. Have a very Merry Christmas. Love you guys
Anonymous 12/12/2014 $100.00 * Merry Christmas, Mailed Check
Matching 12/12/2014 $100.00 * Thank you so much D family. Hope to see you over Christmas. Love you guys!
Greg and Janie Pahr 12/13/2014 $500.00 We love you, Dietz family! Merry Christmas!!
Matching 12/16/2014 $500.00 * Wow! Thank you SO much Uncle Greg & Aunt Janie.
Anonymous 12/16/2014 $100.00 * Merry Christmas, Mailed check
Matching 12/16/2014 $100.00 * Thank you so much R family. Merry Christmas!
Anonymous 12/20/2014 $100.00 * Merry Christmas, Mailed Check
Matching 12/20/2014 $100.00 * Thank you so much Miss J. We love you!
Anonymous 12/20/2014 $100.00 * Merry Christmas, Mailed Check
Anonymous 12/20/2014 $100.00 * Merry Christmas, Mailed Money Order
Matching 12/20/2014 $100.00 * Thank you so much S family. Have a very Merry Christmas.
Matching 12/20/2014 $100.00 * Thank you W family. Hope to see you soon!
Anonymous 12/20/2014 $3,000.00 Merry Christmas to a wonderful family!
Matching 12/20/2014 $3,000.00 * WOW anonymous, whoever you are, we are blown away with your generosity. Thank you SO much and a very Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Bob & Donna Rush 12/21/2014 $500.00 *
Matching 12/21/2014 $500.00 * Wow Dad & Donna. Thank you so much for this amazing Christmas present.
Anonymous 12/21/2014 $100.00 * Merry Christmas, Mailed Check
Anonymous 12/22/2014 $500.00 Merry Christmas to a wonderful family and wonderful cause!
Matching 12/22/2014 $100.00 * Thank you so much H family. You guys are always an amazing support!
Matching 12/22/2014 $500.00 * Wow, you guys are killing me with these anonymous donations. Thank you so so much and Merry Christmas!
Anonymous 12/22/2014 $1,000.00 Our family is so thrilled to share in the JOY that this school will be for the students, parents and community! Merry Christmas, Dietz family!
Matching 12/22/2014 $1,000.00 * Wow, what JOY this Christmas has been to our family. Thank you all so so much!
Anonymous 12/22/2014 $250.00
Matching 12/22/2014 $250.00 * Wow, Merry Christmas, whoever you are. We are so blessed!
Anonymous 12/23/2014 $100.00 * Merry Christmas, Mailed Check
Matching 12/23/2014 $100.00 * Thank you so so much G Family. Have a Merry Christmas
Anonymous 12/23/2014 $50.00 * Merry Christmas, Mailed Check
Matching 12/23/2014 $50.00 * Thank you so much D Family. Have a very Merry Christmas!
Anonymous 12/23/2014 $100.00 * Merry Christmas, Mailed Check
Matching 12/23/2014 $100.00 * Thank you so much K family. So so great to see you!
claire Thomas-Duckwitz 12/24/2014 $50.00 Merry Christmas
Anonymous 12/24/2014 $1,000.00 Merry Christmas!
A & K 5 J's 12/25/2014 $200.00 We love you guys! Merry Christmas to some of the best friends we could ever ask for!!
Matching 12/25/2014 $50.00 * Thank you so much Claire & family. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Miss you guys!
Matching 12/25/2014 $1,000.00 * Wow, you anonymous people are killing me. Thank you SO much and Merry Christmas!
Matching 12/25/2014 $200.00 * A&K & 5J's - you guys are such amazing friends and we are so thankful for you all. Merry Christmas!
Anonymous 12/25/2014 $500.00 Merry Christmas to an amazing family, and to some amazing kids who will have a better future because of your efforts!
Final Match 12/25/2014 $425.00 * Wow, what a truly fantastic, beyond-imagination Christmas gift this has been to us and our family. God bless all of you and thank you for making this Christmas so special.
Mike, carrie and Jacob Beckner 12/25/2014 $150.00 Merry Christmas
Christmas Cash 12/27/2014 $280.00 * Thank you so much for the Christmas cash mom & dad & Aunt Connie & Uncle Chris!
Mark and Christy Sharp 12/27/2014 $200.00 Better late than never! You guys are amazing! Happy New Year!
Love - Me 12/28/2014 $100.00
Anonymous 12/29/2014 $50.00 * Thank you so much L family. You guys are such a blessing. Merry Christmas
Anonymous 12/29/2014 $100.00 * Thank you so much M. We love you!
Anonymous 12/30/2014 $100.00 * Thank you so much W family. You guys are such a blessing!
Harlan Family 12/31/2014 $50.00 This donation is in honor of all the teachers and staff at Grand Star Elementary for all the love and energy they pour into my kids every day. Thank you for your commitment!
Harlan Family 12/31/2014 $50.00 In honor of Dwight Spencer.... Merry Christmas Dad. We love you so much and miss you every day.
Erin Sibley 12/31/2014 $500.00
Wright family 12/31/2014 $100.00 Your family has such a heart for others, and God's love spreads to everyone you meet. We want to be a part of this with you!